CBS Chief Executive Nina Tessler Speaks About Supergirl and Where It Fits on the Network


The Hollywood Reporter spoke with many female stars on the CBS roster as well as Nina Tessler about Women’s place on the network and their hope in creating more of an equality based network as well as sharing stories about who their mothers were, among the guest were Anna Faris (My Super Ex-Girlfriend), Patricia Arquette (CSI: Cyber) and Melissa Benoist (Supergirl).

After the video they sat down with Nina Tessler to further speak on how Supergirl fits into her roster of leading lady television programming and here is what she said

They also came up with Supergirl, arguably the biggest risk Tassler has taken since Viva Laughlin(you remember — or maybe you don’t — the Las Vegas musical drama that lasted all of two episodes). A tweeny twist on the DC superhero (played by Melissa Benoist) arriving on CBS this fall — produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) and Ali Adler (Glee) — Supergirl looks like an awkward fit for a network with the oldest viewership on the dial (average age: 59).

“There are themes and aspects [of Supergirl] that define the classic CBS leading lady,” insists Tassler, defending the show’s place on her lineup. “She is embracing her potential. She’s juggling a lot of responsibility. I mean, she has to save the planet, but she also has a career.”

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