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.”
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.”
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?
Michael Angarano & Melissa Benoist To Star In Jennifer Morrison’s ‘Sun Dogs’
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Angarano, Melissa Benoist, Allison Janney and Ed O’Neill have come aboard to star in Sun Dogs, the feature film directorial debut of Once Upon A Time star Jennifer Morrison that was penned by Anthony Tambakis (Warrior). Fabrica De Cine, which just closed a mega-deal in Cannes to produce and finance Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, will co-finance Sun Dogs along with Caviar (Diary Of A Teenage Girl).
The comedy, the first for Morrison’s newly launched Apartment 3C Productions, will now kick off principal photography June 3 in Los Angeles. It follows a young misfit, Ned (Angarano), in his repeated failed attempts to join the Marines and serve his country. When his last interview fails, he takes a Marine officer’s advice to “protect the homefront” a little too seriously, and sets his sights on a casino manager who may or may not be a terrorist mastermind. In trying to uncover this “terrorist cell,” he enlists the help of a young runaway, Tally (Benoist), forming the most unlikely possible anti-terrorism unit in a story of love, friendship and homeland security.
Caviar’s Bert Hamelinck, Fabrica de Cine’s Gaston Pavlovich and Manu Gargi, Andrew Carlberg and Tambakis are producing. UTA Independent Film Group is repping domestic rights.
Morrison and Carlberg unveiled Apartment 3C in April, saying its first two projects in the pipeline were Sun Dogs and another Tambakis pic to be co-developed with him. Morrison and the scribe first worked together on Warrior, which Tambakis wrote and Morrison starred in alongside Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy.
Angarano is repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman; Benoist by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz; Janney by Gersh, Thruline and Nelson Davis; and O’Neill by Paradigm and Brillstein Entertainment.
It’s official! Supergirl has been renewed for season 2, however the series is moving from CBS to The CW. You can view an article below.
‘Supergirl’ Moves To The CW, Renewed For Season 2
The CW has picked up its first new series for next season, and it is not that new. After weeks of speculation, Supergirl will move from CBS to sister network the CW, which has renewed the superhero drama for a second season. The pickup, which comes hours after the most recent deadline for CBS to make a renewal decision on the freshman series, expands the CW DC superhero universe to four series, all from producer Greg Berlanti, as Supergirl is set to join The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow. One of them, Flash, already crossed over to Supergirl on CBS, making for a seamless integration of the newbie into the CW superhero squad.
A Supergirl move to the CW had been rumored for a while, with talks becoming real the last few days. A CW pickup was contingent on finding a way to produce a show of that scale (Supergirl commanded one of the highest license fees for a new series this season) for the CW. Producing studio Warner Bros TV already made a pre-emptive effort to trim costs with a planned move of production from Los Angeles to Vancouver in Season 2, which is now official. That will bring the show together with Berlanti’s current CW superhero drama series, which all are based in Vancouver.
The CW frequently had been mentioned as a suitable home for Supergirl because of the show’s young skew, the CW president Mark Pedowitz’s public comments about regretting not going after the project when it was originally pitched, and the fact that the CW is co-owned by CBS and Warner Bros.
This is the second time Supergirl had been rumored to move from CBS to the CW; it didn’t happen after the pilot last year. Previously, drama Ringer moved from CBS to the CW after the pilot.
Being based on a DC property, as it moves to the CW, Supergirl will remain solely owned by WBTV and not a co-production with CBS TV Studios as the original CW series automatically become.
Despite the fact that its numbers tapered off significantly after a strong start, Supergirl, aided by a solid DVR play, averaged a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 in a competitive time slot, ranking as the No. 1 new CBS drama and No. 4 new network series overall (behind only Blindspot, Life In Pieces and Quantico) in the demo this season. It is CBS’ youngest-skewing new drama and averaged nearly 10 million viewers.
Based on the characters by DC Comics, Supergirl is executive produced by Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. TV. The series stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan and Calista Flockhart.