Multiple Hollywood trades are reporting Wednesday evening that CBS has cast Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness, True Blood) as James “Jimmy” Olsen in their in-development drama Supergirl. In addition to being the TV version of the classic DC Comics character/best pal to Superman, Olsen will reportedly be the love interest of Melissa Benoist’s Kara/Supergirl.
According to Variety, Jimmy is an “attractive photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara Zor-El works, as an assistant to Cat Grant, (yet to be casted). Recently, Jimmy has been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret.”
The Hollywood Reporter adds, "He's the salt of the earth and this only makes Kara crush on him even more. As Kara emerges as Supergirl they grow closer."
Supergirl has received a series commitment from CBS. According to THR, the series centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist), "Superman's cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. After arriving on Earth, she was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers (which she shares with her famous cousin, Superman).
"Now 24, Kara feels un-empowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She's still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn't know it herself. An unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life, Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city and they soon take notice — and she's even given a new moniker: Supergirl."