By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
The first season of Supergirl came to an end on April 18th with the episode “Better Angels.” The show was the number one new CBS drama of the past season, and ranked number four overall for a new network series.
Supergirl was shot in California partially based on the fact that the California Film Commission changed its methodology to give rebates based on productions’ economic impact. Being the biggest network series to commit to filming in the state, it was expected to be awarded a tax credit, but the application was rejected, and likely affected the show’s budget, which is estimated at $3 billion.
That all puts the series in a strange place as one of the top new shows, but without a series renewal yet. It hasn’t been cancelled, but the according to Deadline, in order to reduce costs, producers are looking to move the show’s production to Vancouver, where series creator Greg Berlanti’s two other DC Comics-based shows, Arrow and The Flash, shoot.
Another issue is that Supergirl is reported to have one of the highest licensing fees for a new show. According to TheWrap CBS president, Leslie Moonves, is said to be in negotiations with Warner Bros. TV President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth over the fee.
If negotiations between both parties fail, there’s still a light at the end of the tunnel, as CBS and Warner both co-own The CW, where Berlanti’s Arrow and The Flash call home. There has already been one crossover with the Flash guest starring in an episode of Supergirl (albeit in an alternate dimension), so tying that series closer to the Arrowverse makes dramatic sense.
This wouldn’t be the first time a DC show was cancelled and almost brought over to The CW, as NBC cancelled Constantine and negotiations took place to see if they could bring it over. While the show was not picked up, the character did appear on an episode of Arrow, placing him firmly in the Arrowverse and opening the door for further appearances. The CW president Mark Pedowitz would love to have Supergirl since he regrets not picking it up in the first place telling Deadline that:
We hadn’t launched The Flash yet, we weren’t ready to take on another DC property. In hindsight we probably should’ve gone that direction…Sometimes you lose great shows.
What would keep the move from CBS to The CW is, again, the budget. If CBS can’t handle the budget as well as the licensing fees, then The CW really wouldn’t be able to either. Whatever the case, we’ll find out soon if Supergirl lives, as CBS is set to announce its Fall schedule on May 18.