The CW president Mark Pedowitz is looking forward to seeing what “Supergirl” could bring to the network.
During his session at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour on Thursday, Pedowitz noted that the network’s ratings expectations for the Melissa Benoist-led series are pretty high. “It won’t do as well as it did on CBS, but I anticipate it will be our No. 1 or No. 2 show behind ‘The Flash,’” the exec said (via TVLine).
“Supergirl” was first presented to The CW in the summer of 2014, but Pedowitz was not interested in the project at the time. "We hadn't launched 'The Flash' yet [at the time], [so] we weren't ready to take on another DC property," Deadline quoted Pedowitz as saying during the 2015 TCA summer press tour. "[But] in hindsight, we probably should've gone that direction. Sometime you lose great shows.”
So when CBS reached out to The CW earlier this year to offer “Supergirl,” Pedowitz didn’t think twice. According to him, the discussion went as simple as this: “Would you like 'Supergirl'? Where do I sign?”
To familiarize its viewers with the new CW transplant, the network is airing two episodes of the show’s first season every Monday night at 8 to 10 p.m. According to Entertainment Weekly, the rerun started Aug. 1 and will end on Oct. 3 — just a week before the show’s Season 2 premiere.
On the casting front, “Supergirl” executive producers revealed at the TCA summer press tour on Thursday that previously announced series-regular Chris Wood will be playing Mon-El — the character in the Season 1 finale’s pod. The show also added Sharon Leal (“Grimm”) as Miss Martian.
Leal is the latest addition to the growing list of series newcomers, which already includes Tyler Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf”) as Clark Kent/Superman, Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) as the president of the United States, Ian Gomez ("Cougar Town") as Snapper Carr, Floriana Lima (“The Family”) as Maggie Sawyer and Katie McGrath (“Merlin”) as Lena Luthor.
"Supergirl" Season 2 premieres on Monday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.