Casting continues this week for CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” series as The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that “Ally McBeal” star Calista Flockhart has signed on to play Cat Grant in the DC Comics series. She joins Melissa Benoist in the title role, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen and Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, Supergirl’s Kryptonian birth mother.
Created by Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway, Grant debuted in “Adventures of Superman” #424 back in 1987 as a gossip columnist for the Daily Planet. According to the outlet, this iteration of Grant will feature the character as the head of her own successful company, CatCo. There, Beonist’s Kara works as Grants’ personal assistant.
Hailing from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions (who also produce the hit DC Comics series “Arrow” and “The Flash” for The CW), “Supergirl” is based on the characters from DC Comics and centers on Kara Zor-El, who comes to Earth after escaping the destruction of Krypton. After many years hiding her abilities, she joins the ranks of her cousin Superman to become the hero she was meant to be.
The pilot episode was written by Ali Adler (“No Ordinary Family”) and Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). They will also executive produce along with Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros. TV. The show has a series commitment at CBS.
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