Report: CBS’ SUPERGIRL Eyeing Cost-Cutting Move Up North To Stay Alive

Still from "Supergirl" episode "Worlds Finest"
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After reports circulated that CBS was having second thoughts about a second season for Supergirl due to budget issues, Deadline says that the Melissa Benoist-led television show is considering moving its production from Los Angeles to Vancouver to lower its reported $3 million per episode budget. This series, whose first season ended in April, was one of several shows CBS President/CEO Les Moonves publicly said he thought would return in the fall, but the show was absent from the network's announced renewals last month.

The Hollywood trade says that Berlanti Productions, which produces the show for Warner Bros. Television and CBS, has had "exploratory conversations" with unnamed members of the Supergirl cast about the possibility of moving to Vancouver for the theoretical second season. Supergirl is reportedly one of the biggest network shows that film in California, but the state's film commission denied an application for tax credits for filming there.

If Supergirl did re-locate to Vancouver for filming, it would join DC's other shows, The Flash and Arrow, which are also produced by Berlanti Productions.

If CBS and Warner Bros. Television is unable to make a deal for Supergirl to stay on the broadcast network, Deadline goes on to say that "multiple networks and digital platforms" have already expressed interest to the studio in picking up the show. The CW, which Warner Bros. co-owns with CBS, is seen as a possible home, as it airs Arrow, The Flash, as well as iZombie, and that channel's president Mark Pedowitz has openly stated he regretted turning down the show before CBS ultimately acquired it.

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