Although speculation has pretty much stated that ‘Supergirl’ is very likely to be renewed. The question remains in how it will be renewed or what form that renewal will take. If indeed it happens.
The last week has been a pretty eventful one when it comes to speculation about what kind of future the CBS series has and several things are on the table.
Various news outlets have reported that an order of less episodes is being considered should the series remain in Los Angeles. But it is also being reported that the show could well move to Canada where the Tax laws can allow the series to shoot a full season order of 20 plus episodes at a lower cost.
An other option on the table is a move for the series from CBS to the CW, which would also mean that the show would have to relocate production to Canada because pretty much all of CW’s shows are shot there.
According to The Wrap ‘Supergirl’ costs a $3 million per episode licensing fee for CBS to broadcast ‘Supergirl’, which is somewhat of a sticking point given the drop in ratings. Simply put at 3 Million per episode and the drop in viewers. Its not earning CBS the ad revenue needed to fully justify its place in their schedule. So they have to choose to renew the show with a lower episode order or find a cheaper way to have the show made. Its your typical catch 22 and at present the decision is still in the air.
Les Moonves, who previously spouted optimism about all of the CBS shows that got made last year is currently looking at options for the series with Warner Bros. TV chief Peter Roth. The two men will have to come up with some sort of decision pretty soon so they can announce in time for the CBS and CW Up Fronts, which take place at the close of this month.
As talked about earlier. One possible option is for the show to move to the CW, but that option should really be taken with a grain of salt at this particular point due it being a rumor and not having any solid basis in fact.
It is true though that ‘Supergirl’ would benefit greatly from being on the CW given they already have other DC shows in the form of ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’ and ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’. It would also make sense for further crossover episodes, which is something producers have been discussing given how successful the ‘Supergirl’ and ‘The Flash’ crossover was. Even if the show were to be cancelled and am not saying it will be. A cross over would still be doable. Lets not forget ‘Constantine’ turning up on ‘Arrow’. A story that was written and proposed for the series after ‘Constantine’ had been axed by NBC.
Everything is just speculation at this point and we’ll not know anything for sure unto the Up Fronts, which take place on May 18 or the 19th if the series does wind up flying over to CW.