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Quick Takes: Supergirl Series Premiere Preview 

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It must seem like there are a ton of superhero shows all over the place right now. You know what? There are. But we haven’t reached maximum satiation just yet. Especially since a couple of female superheroes get to take the lead on new series. Krysten Ritter makes her debut as Jessica Jones next month on Netflix. Tonight on CBS, Melissa Benoist takes on the iconic role of Supergirl.

Official Series Synopsis

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Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.

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Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant. She works alongside her friend and IT technician Winn Schott and famous photographer James Olsen, who Grant just hired away from the Daily Planet to serve as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.

Created by Greg Berlanti, the guy who made success stories out of small screen versions of comic book gods the Green Arrow and The Flash, this show is one of the most anticipated shows of this fall TV season. At the most recent Comic-Con, we took part in an interview with Benoist who talked about playing the quirky Kara and her super strong alter ego, Supergirl.

Fun Fact: Playing Kara’s adoptive parents are Dean Cain and Helen Slater. Cain, of course, was the Man of Steel on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, a TV series that aired from 1993 – 1997. Meanwhile, Helen Slater played Supergirl over 30 years ago, in a 1984 movie.

You can watch Benoist’s version in action when Supergirl airs tonight at a special time of 8:30/7:30c on CBS.

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