‘Supergirl’ Gets a Full Season One Order

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Melissa Benoist and Mehcad Brooks in ‘Supergirl’ (Photo © 2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc)

Supergirl, the latest TV series to debut based on DC Comics characters, has caught on with audiences. In fact, the numbers are so impressive thus far that CBS has given the new series an order for a full season. The action/drama/comedy series will have a first season run of 20 episodes as just confirmed by the network. According to CBS, Supergirl has been averaging 11.24 million viewers which is an increase of 46% in total viewers over the same time period last year.

Melissa Benoist stars in the title role with support from Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, and Calista Flockhart. The series is executive produced by Sarah Schecter, Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, and Ali Adler.

The Supergirl Plot:

Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant. She works alongside her friend and IT technician Winn Schott and famous photographer James Olsen, who Grant just hired away from the Daily Planet to serve as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.

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