Supergirl is in the Berlanti camp.
Melissa Benoist Closed to Landing Deal to Star in Newly Ordered HBO Series Max The girls on the bus, from executive producers Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec. Casting reunites actress with Berlanti after she spent six seasons wearing the cape as the lead role of CBS-turned-The CW’s Superwoman. The DC Comics-inspired TV series ended in November, with the final season pushed to last March to accommodate Benoist’s pregnancy.
Representatives of HBO Max and producer Warner Bros. TV declined to comment because the deal has not officially closed.
The girls on the bus was inspired by a chapter in Amy Chozick’s best-selling book. The comedy, character-driven drama chronicles four female journalists, who watch every move of the parade of flawed presidential candidates while simultaneously searching for friendship, love, and friendship. and scandals along the way. Benoist is expected to play one of the four central journalists.
Plec and author Chozick are credited as creators of the series and are both executors. Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions partner Sarah Schechter and TV head David Madden also produced. Warner Bros. television, where Berlanti is based with a wide variety of overall contracts, is the studio. The casting also expands Benoist’s relationship with Warners, the studio behind Superwoman and where she booked her first master deal for her launched production company a year ago. It’s unclear if Benoist will be credited as an executive producer, though it’s likely she’ll be safe, given her value to the studio and her deal there.
The girls on the bus had a wild ride to HBO Max. The film was originally ordered at Netflix in 2019 after a multi-store bidding war. Streaming giant quietly drops Bus during the pandemic’s quarantine in 2020. The series had production commitments and started playing when the pandemic hit and was eventually dropped as part of a mode change by streamers from Cindy Holland (who bought it) to Bela Bajaria (who dropped it). Sources note that the series’ political background was part of the reason why Netflix ended up bailing out the project. The CW picked it up last September and plans to redevelop the series for a youth-focused audience despite the fact that almost the entire script has already been completed. It’s unclear how many scripts Netflix has effectively paid for as part of the HBO Max incarnation.
Benoist, whose credits also include Glee and Whiplashrepresented by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit.
Premiere date (and episode number) for Bus has not yet been determined.