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There were few shows that hit the schedule this fall that were as high-profile as CBS’ Supergirl. People were interested in the series because it was yet another DC Comics superhero project with big names attached but also because it was wholly about a female superheroine. Now, it looks like that interest will carry Supergirl all the way to a Season 2 renewal order, that is, if CBS' Les Moonves wasn’t jumping the gun with a recent statement that he made.
While speaking at the Deutsche Bank 2016 Media, Internet and Telecom conference, Les Moonves had this to say (via THR):
We have five new shows on this year. Of those five, I believe all five of them will be renewed, and we own four of them.
Alright, so the CBS CEO isn’t directly stating Supergirl is renewed for Season 2, but he is directly stating that CBS has already decided all five of the network’s freshman programs will be returning to the schedule next year. Those five shows are likely Supergirl, Life in Pieces, Code Black, Limitless and—I’m guessing on this one--Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The latter hasn’t officially premiered, but did get a backdoor pilot on a regular Criminal Minds episode that was well-received by fans.
Still, this statement is a little misleading, as the network actually has launched more than five shows during the 2015-2016 TV season. Seven freshman shows were actually ordered by CBS this year. Of the seven, five are listed above and seem to be renewed. One, Angel From Hell, was cancelled before it really go the chance to spread its wings and fly. One other comedy, Rush Hour, has yet to be given a premiere date.
Still, the point stands. Although Supergirl suffered from some ratings issues earlier this fall, the freshman drama largely leveled out by the time winter came around. It helped the series was able to draw in some acclaim via its big--Spoilers if you’re like three months behind on Supergirl--Martian Manhunter twist. Plus, now that CBS has finally gotten the stick out of its rear and signed on for a crossover with the CW’s other DC comics series, The Flash, even more good buzz has been garnered. Supergirl producer Andrew Kreisberg has admitted that early on Supergirl had some problems, but starting with Martian Manhunter, the series has really started to find its tone.
Supergirl has seemed likely to be renewed for some time now, but confirmation regarding Season 2 never hurts. We may have a couple more months before CBS literally sends out that dull press release that says “Supergirl Season 2 is Happening,” but consider the renewal imminent. And be sure to tune in for new episodes on Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET, only on CBS. In addition, if you’re keeping an eye out for the new edition in the Criminal Minds franchise, that show will appear in the CBS lineup starting on Wednesday, March 16 at 10 p.m. ET.