With renewal still up in the air at CBS, talk of Supergirl moving to The CW is heating up.
As happened with Constantine, the hefty license fees the network has been paying to Warner Bros. Television is at issue, according to a new report at TheWrap. A similar report appeared at revered industry trade Variety last week, albeit with a lot less in the way of specific details.
Back in March, CBS President Les Moonves said that the network was so happy with its freshman crop of shows this season that the plan was to renew all of them. Shortly thereafter, CBS renewed 11 shows -- but none of those new shows were on the list.
Supergirl, being the most expensive of the new shows and one that shed about half of its audience in the advertiser-friendly 18-35 demographic over the course of last season, has been watched closely by industry insiders who suspect that if there's a CBS rookie with a target on its back, it might be Supergirl.
Instead, the report insists that CBS is trying to get a reduced license fee so that they can make a second season happen. Meanwhile, there's two weeks left to do it before both CBS and The CW have their upfront presentations and lock in their fall schedules on May 18 and 19, respectively.
Fans have long clamored to bring Supergirl "home" to The CW, where the series could be more thoroughly integrated into the Arrowverse. With Arrow, The Flash, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow filming on the CW's Vancouver lot, it sounds good to the uninitiated, but in reality it would likely mean a reduced production budget, a move to Vancouver, and the potential loss of some of the show's Los Angeles perks. Even if Calista Flockhart were willing, for instance, to make the move to Vancouver, it seems likely National City would have to get a face lift.