By: Adam Basciano
It was widely assumed that Supergirl was a safe bet to get a series order at CBS, and that assumption was 100% correct. “CBS has today confirmed that Supergirl has been ordered to series for the 2015-16 season. This is the first show to be picked up this year, but an early decision was part of the original deal (presumably so Warner Bros. could take the show elsewhere if the network wasn’t interested).” No idea at this point how many episodes will make up the first season, or what day of the week it will air. Another seemingly foregone conclusion has come to pass. The CW has officially picked up The Flash/Arrow spinoff series. Officially titled “Legends of Tomorrow”, the plot synopsis reads as follows; “When heroes alone are not enough … the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?” As with Supergirl on CBS, there is no indication of where or when, the show will find itself on The CW’s schedule. CBS has Supergirl, The CW has The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Representing DC Comics on FOX is GOTHAM, and now just announced as I’m typing this, Lucifer. “Lucifer, an adaptation of the seminal Vertigo comic book series, has received a series greenlight by Fox, making it Fox’s second DC Entertainment series as well as the second #DCTV series based off of a Vertigo comic book. The series stars Tom Ellis (Rush) in the title role as Lucifer, who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. Co-starring alongside Ellis are Lauren German (Chicago Fire) as Chloe Dancer, an LAPD homicide detective who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer; Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus) as Lucifer’s best friend Maze, a fierce demon who takes the form of a human woman; Nicholas Gonzalez (Sleepy Hollow) as Dan, an LAPD homicide detective wary of Lucifer; D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel, an angel sent to L.A. to persuade Lucifer to return to hell; and Rachael Harris as Linda, Lucifer’s therapist”
In terms of series renewal/cancellation for DC based properties, iZombie has been renewed by the often mentioned CW. When this show was announced, I didn’t give it much of a chance. I thought it would be first on the chopping block. My logic was two-fold. Any show involving zombies was going to have a hard time finding an audience when compared with The Walking Dead. Also, if the comic book couldn’t last, what hope did the show have? Well, I was wrong, the show is doing solid numbers by that networks distinction. I’ve heard that the show adds an interesting wrinkle to the zombie genre, and that the show is quite good. So, I’ll eat my slice of humble pie and give the show a look. Unfortunately, Constantine has been cancelled by NBC. A slow start, terrible scheduling, and mediocre ratings hampered the show. However, it got progressively better, and developed a loyal fan base on-line and through social media. Sadly, NBC has a hard on for nothing but Nielson Ratings. However, not all is lost, as Warner Brothers is actively shopping the show to other networks to find it a new home. So, fingers crossed, and spread the word!
Aside from the Marvel/Netflix series, ABC is the network television home of Marvel Studio’s. This past season featured two Marvel series, Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter. Everyone who listens to World’s Best Podcast knows that I hated most of season one of Agents of SHIELD. The show turned it around with episode 15 of that season, and has been phenomenal for the entirety of Season 2. The addition of new cast members and the introduction of the Inhumans have reinvigorated the show, and given it a larger relevance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Agent Carter filled the gap during the AoS winter hiatus. Being a period piece made it unique, and Hayley Atwell gave as an awesome female lead on par with Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Jennifer Garner!
Details on all these shows as they become available.
(Sources: DC Comics, various)