CBS orders 'Supergirl' series with Calista Flockhart and Melissa Benoist

CBS orders 'Supergirl' series with Calista Flockhart and Melissa Benoist

"Supergirl" is landing at CBS.

The network has ordered a series for next season about the DC Comics superhero who was originally conceived in 1959 as a female counterpart for Superman, according to a source close to the situation. CBS did not comment.

This time, Kara Zor-El, the Kryptonian whose powers make her Supergirl on Earth, will be played by Melissa Benoist.

Calista Flockhart, the former star of "Ally McBeal," will play Kara's boss, a powerful media mogul. The executive producer is Greg Berlanti, who earlier worked on "Arrow" and "The Flash" for the CW, CBS' sister network.

"Supergirl" was one of CBS' most-anticipated pilots this spring, although flying into comic book territory marks a programming shift for the No. 1 ranked network. Its drama lineup has for years depended heavily on crime procedurals such as the "NCIS" franchise.

"Supergirl" was made into a 1984 film starring Helen Slater. More recently, the character of Kara appeared as part of the CW's young-Superman franchise "Smallville."

What do you think of "Supergirl" as a series? Will you watch?

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