DEADLINE – Supergirl star Melissa Benoist is moving into production and sticking with Warner Bros.
The actor, who plays Kara Danvers aka Supergirl in The CW drama that is coming to an end with its sixth season, has launched her own production company, Three Things Productions.
She has signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group, which produces Supergirl and the other shows in the Arrowverse.
Benoist has tapped Anonymous Content creative executive Sahar Kashi, who has worked on shows such as Apple TV+’s Home Before Dark and Netflix’s Thirteen Reasons Why, as Vice President of Development of Three Things Productions. Kashi previously worked at Netflix and Fox.
The exclusive, multi-year deal is for Benoist to develop and produce original television shows, including comedies and dramas, for all platforms including HBO Max, third party streamers, cable networks and broadcast nets.
There is hope that Benoist will also launch her own starring vehicle down the road. Benoist broke out in seasons four and five of Glee, where she played Marley Rose, highlighting her vocal talents.
The name Three Things Productions draws from the Mary Oliver poem Three Things to Remember, which reads, in part “As long as you’re dancing, you can break the rules”.
It marks Benoist’s first studio overall deal.
Benoist said, “I’ve had a wonderfully supportive home at Warner Bros. for the last six years, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to put on a producer’s hat and continue working with them. I approach my work as an actor in search of that magic gut feeling you get when you know something is right. I plan on following those instincts as a producer, approaching each story with passion, playfulness, curiosity, a sure-footed step, and like all things worth taking a risk on, a hint of terror. I can’t wait to collaborate with new voices and find stories that hit the heart in that indefinable way.”
Clancy Collins White, Executive Vice President, Development, Warner Bros. Television, added, “For the last six years, we have been privileged to collaborate with Melissa Benoist as she entertained and inspired audiences around the world in the signature role of Supergirl. Everyone at Warner Bros. Television is extremely excited to continue our partnership with her as a producer. We look forward to working closely with Melissa and her team to develop new and compelling series that reflect her fearless and indomitable spirit.”
Benoist is repped by United Talent Agency, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, while Kashi is repped by J.R. McGinnis at Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson LLP.
VARIETY – “Supergirl” is officially hanging up her cape.
In a joint decision, the CW and producers Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions have announced that the upcoming sixth season of “Supergirl” will be its last.
Production on the “Supergirl” curtain call is set to begin later this month, and the writers have already started developing storylines for the final 20 episodes, according to sources. The network is aiming to premiere the sixth and final season sometime in 2021.
News of “Supergirl”‘s demise also comes almost exactly four months after the season 5 finale. The series originally debuted on CBS back in Oct. 2015, before moving to CW from season 2 onward.
The most recent season continued to star Melissa Benoist as the titular heroine, who also happens to be Superman’s cousin. She addressed the show’s end via social media.
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Melissa Benoist On Playing Broadway’s Carole King, ‘Supergirl’s’ Topical Shift And ‘Glee’ Castmate Demi Lovato: Q&A
DEADLINE – Melissa Benoist broke out on television, but her original show business ideal was being where she is right now: Broadway. Her summer stint playing the lead in the long-running Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ends Saturday. The role has been an organic fit for Benoist, who grew up hearing King’s music while nurturing the ambition to one day make it to the Great White Way. “I am essentially living out my childhood dream,” Benoist said.
Beyond checking off a big professional box, though, the show’s message of female empowerment continues to resonate for Benoist as she resumes shooting Supergirl. She has taken inspiration from the real-life character. King wrote dozens of hit songs for others to sing, but then overcame personal challenges such as divorce, single motherhood and making her way in the male-dominated music industry, soon creating her masterpiece, the 1971 album Tapestry.
Interest from Benoist’s fans helped drive last week’s box office for the show to $845,619.50, up from last week’s $736,538 and $150,000 ahead of the same week a year ago. On Friday, King herself watched the performance and then joined the curtain call with a reprise of “I Feel The Earth Move.”
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Supergirl is set to appear at San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 for a video presentation and Q&A.
Saturday, July 22nd at 3:30PM!
3:30–4:10 p.m. Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A — Ridding National City of Queen Rhea and her Daxamite army was a major win for Supergirl, but one that came at a significant cost, as Kara was forced to sacrifice her budding relationship with Mon-El. When season three returns with all-new supercharged adventures this fall on The CW, Kara and team will come up against a new threat in the form of DC Worldkiller, Reign. Want to know more about Reign and what she has in store for the Girl of Steel? Join the series’ cast and creative team for a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A where they’ll discuss this hot topic and more! From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl’s third season will debut Monday, October 9, at 8/7c on The CW. Supergirl: The Complete Second Season is available now on Digital and will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 22. Become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheCWSupergirl, and follow the show on Twitter at @TheCWSupergirl. Ballroom 20
Congratulations are in order to Melissa and the Supergirl cast and crew! Melissa won the Best Actress on Televison award at the 2017 Saturn Awards. View the full winners list at SaturnAwards.org.
Best Actress on Televison: Melissa Benoist (Supergirl)
Best Superhero Adaptation TV Series: Supergirl
Exciting news! Melissa is set to star in Waco, a six-part series which will air on Viacom’s new Paramount Network.
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist and Julia Garner (Grandma) have been tapped as leads opposite Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch in Waco, the six-part event series that will be part of the inaugural slate launching Viacom’s Paramount Network in January 2018.
Produced by Weinstein Television, the series — based on the true story of the 51-day standoff in Waco, Texas that resulted in a deadly fire — is currently filming in Santa Fe, NM.
Waco chronicles the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians, told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved in both sides of the conflict.
Benoist will portray Rachel Koresh, the legal wife of Branch Davidian leader Koresh (Kitsch) and considered the matriarch of Mount Carmel. Garner plays Michelle Jones, Rachel’s younger sister who also had a child with Koresh.
In addition to Shannon and Kitsch, Benoist and Garner, the Waco cast includes John Leguizamo, Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Paul Sparks and Shea Whigham.
Waco is written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (No Escape), Salvatore Stabile and Sarah Nicole Jones. Four episodes will be directed by John Erick Dowdle with two directed by Dennie Gordon.
Shannon, Kitsch, the Dowdle brothers and Stabile are executive producers of the series along with TWC co-chairmen Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, president and COO David Glasser, co-head of production Jennifer Malloy, and head of scripted television Megan Spanjian of Weinstein Television.
Benoist, last seen in Peter Berg’s Patriots Day, will next star in the Jason Blum- and Brian Grazer-produced Universal Studios film Lowriders and recently wrapped production on the feature Sun Dogs.
Garner recently completed production as a series regular on the upcoming Netflix drama Ozark and will next be seen on the big screen in Liz Garcia’s One Percent More Humid, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Benoist and Garner are repped by Anonymous Content and UTA.
How ‘Supergirl’ Melissa Benoist channeled a Boston Marathon bomber’s widow
It’s a Monday evening, when Melissa Benoist has just finished shooting for the day as the star of “Supergirl” on the CW. She’s heading back to her place in the town of Langley, just outside Vancouver proper, where the show films nine months out of the year. Her husband of almost two years, actor Blake Jenner, 24, visits her there, says Benoist, but “it’s a long time to be away from home” — plus, “it’s freezing!” Then again, she can take it. She was raised with Colorado blood.
Benoist, 28, grew up in Denver from the age of 2. And despite the fact that she’s lived in Los Angeles for four years now, “I’m not an ocean person,” she explains. “I like being landlocked. I constantly daydream about a ranch in the mountains in Colorado or Montana…I think mountains are the most beautiful things in the world.”
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Supergirl Stars Talk Pod Reveal, Kara’s New ‘Hurdle,’ Perfecting Superman’s Curl, Being More ‘Crazy’ on The CW
Supergirl won’t look much different when she touches down on The CW on Tuesday, Oct. 10 — save for the possibility that life for Kara & Co. could get even more comic-booky.
“We’re going to have a bit more runway,” Chyler Leigh, who plays Alex, told Michael Ausiello at TVLine’s Comic-Con studio presented by ZTE. “Since were catering to that younger crowd, we have a bit more room to bring some crazy, crazy in.” As Mehcad Brooks added, the handful of Season 2 scripts they’ve seen thus far feel “younger, more relevant.”
With Superman himself in the room (that is, Teen Wolf alum Tyler Hoechlin), the cast also shared their surprise at getting to have the actual Man of Steel on the show — and how it actually speaks to the amount of strength established in Kara thus far.
On the scoop front, David Harewood offered a tantalizing tease about what (who?) is inside the Kryptonian pod that Kara Found at the close of Season 1.
Other questions answered in the video Q&A above: How will Cougar Town vet Ian Gomez’s Snapper Carr differ from Cat Grant as a superior? Just how much will we see of Calista Flockhart now that the show has moved production to Vancouver? And has Hoechlin suited up yet, or at least perfected the iconic hair curl?