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Jenna Dewan Tatum is probably most famous for being Channing Tatum’s other half, although she has recently been a part of Witches of East End. This week the actress signed on for a new role with a major network. On Monday, we learned that Tatum has signed on with CBS’ high profile superhero series Supergirl. She’ll be playing a character from the comics, none other than Lucy Lane.
Just a couple of weeks ago, we found out that Supergirl had big plans to include Lucy Lane in the upcoming drama series. Lucy’s sort-of close to the same age as Kara Zor-El, although the casting announcement said they would be happy to look for someone in their early thirties, which is closer to Jenna Dewan Tatum’s actual age. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s the sister of Lois Lane, known as a character that is “smart,” “funny” and “beautiful,” just like her famous sibling.
EW reports that Lucy will be a recurring character during Season 1, and she’ll appear on the show to fix something that has gone wrong in the past. Just like in the comics, she’ll also have a history with James Olsen, although it’s unclear exactly what that history is. Hopefully, it’s better than some of the arguments the two characters have had before.
Historically, Lucy has been a romantic interest of Jimmy Olsen’s. If that holds true, she’ll probably continue to have some flirtations with CBS’ version of the character, who prefers to go by James. If Lane and Olsen’s relationship on the show plays out in a similar manner, it should prove to be an interesting dynamic. The pilot episode, which screened at San Diego Comic-Con, sets up some sparks between Olsen and Kara Zor-El herself. Man I just hope I don’t have to sit through watching the Girl of Steel involve herself in a love triangle with another smart character over a man. There are plenty of fish in the sea, ladies.
Ever since we first started hearing casting information regarding Supergirl, we’ve known that Kara’s world will be filled with Superman characters. There are characters we’ve known about for awhile, including Olsen, Cat Grant—who is not a reporter like in the comics but does have her own media empire—and Hank Henshaw, who has a pretty spectacular story in the Superman canon. Now, Lucy Lane has been added too, although Superman himself is—mostly—going to be absent.
Supergirl won’t hit the schedule until late this fall. CBS has the first episodes scheduled for Monday, October 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET, although episodes in later weeks will air at 8 p.m. Here’s the full fall TV schedule, along with everything we know about Supergirl so far.