Way back in 1960, ABC canceled their now classic Batman series. Rumor has it that NBC was interested in picking it up for at least another season or more. Their one condition was that the sets had to be in tact. Unfortunately, the Batcave had already been destroyed, and with it, the hopes of getting any more adventures of Batman, Robin and Batgirl.
Though I long for the episodes that might have been, I recall that back in the day, shows often lost something when they changed networks. For instance, the original Wonder Woman television series featuring Lynda Carter changed its whole concept from World War II show to current times. And the Bionic Woman only got one more season on a new network before it was canceled.
But that was then, and this is now. Perhaps because in many cases different studios make the shows then sell them to the networks, there shouldn’t be much change in production value. Most notable was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was actually forced to move from the WB to the UPN because it was suspected that Paramount wanted to make more money off the property they owned.
And now, the best example of a network switch in recent years is Supergirl. It started on CBS, and even I could have told you that was the wrong audience for a teen-aimed superhero drama. After the first season, CBS opted not to renew, and it was picked up by the CW. Already the home of The Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, the CW is the perfect home for Supergirl.
For those who don’t know, this take on Supergirl is slightly different the comic book version. Kara Zor-El (played perfectly by Melissa Benoist) is still the cousin of Kal-El (aka Superman). In this version, she’s a little older and was sent to watch out her super cousin, but whoops, her spaceship got knocked into the Phantom Zone and got delayed by about a decade and a half. Into a world where Jimmy Olsen is all grown up and far from dorky.
So, by the time she showed up, she no longer had her babysitting gig and lived her teen years as a normal teenager, now named Kara Danvers. She is an aspiring reporter for CatCo Worldwide Media, under the supervision of Cat Grant (played by Mrs. Han Solo, Calista Flockhart). And while she deals with building a career, her multi-dysfunctional family and a little romance (mostly with her outer space prince, Mon-El).
My point is that not only did the show not skip a beat transferring to the CW, it’s actually gotten better. And to have Supergirl as part the Arrow and Flash universe is wonderful. (Yes, I know the first one happened while they were still at CBS, but it still assures plenty of future crossovers).
And now Supergirl has brought in her cousin, Superman. And with a cliffhanger featuring an evil Superman, there is no doubt that Supergirl season three will be off and running when it returns in October.
To get ready for it, I’ve rustled up some great Supergirl shirts. I’ve no doubt this show will have the strength to survive for years to come.