Ali Adler, co-creator, executive producer and co-showrunner of the CW/Warner Bros. TV series Supergirl, is heading to CBS TV Studios where she has signed an overall deal. Under the pact – Adler’s first overall agreement — she will develop new projects for CBS Studios and also will consult on the studio’s new CW drama series Dynasty, a reboot of the hit primetime soap. While she is leaving Supergirl full-time, Adler will remain involved in the show as executive consultant.
The CW superhero drama series Supergirl is beefing up its showrunner ranks heading into its third season with the promotion of Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner to co-showrunners alongside co-creator Andrew Kreisberg.
The move follows the departure of co-creator/co-showrunner Ali Adler, who has signed an overall deal at CBS TV Studios. She will remain an executive consultant on the CW series.
Both Queller and Rovner joined the Warner Bros. TV-produced Supergirl midway through the first season as co-executive producer and consulting producer, respectively. Rovner was elevated to executive producer at the beginning of Season two. Queller is now also being promoted to executive producer, joining fellow exec producers Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, Rovner and Sarah Schechter.
I got a call from Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, and they were saying, “Hey, we’d really love for you to come in and sit down so we can talk creative with you.” I was like, “Oh, okay, I didn’t realize we were going to do that, that’s great!” I was sitting in their office, and all of a sudden, they’re like, “So, we want to just tell you what we’re thinking, what we’re going to do, and wanted to get your take on it.” They had this funny little smile on their face, I’m like, “What’s going on?” They’re like, “Well, so this season, Alex is gay.” I was like, “Oh, what?” They just went into the whole story, explaining the why behind the what, and that it’s not like this thing that all of a sudden is just spilling out, it’s a discovery for her. That’s how we wanted to approach it. You have so many stories — shows and movies — where people are already established as gay, lesbian, bi[sexual]; these are people who are coming in like that. This was a great opportunity to show somebody who’s figuring it out, the light bulb moment and putting the puzzle pieces together.
When they were explaining it to me, I was like, “Wow, I wouldn’t have thought it,” because last season you just didn’t really see any of that side of Alex. When they originally said, “Hey, we’re thinking about a love interest,” but they didn’t say what the whole thing was, I was almost like, “Oh, I don’t know if we should do that yet,” because I don’t want it to become about Alex in a relationship, where we don’t get to see enough about her discovering more about who she is because so much of it was hidden last season. Then when they started to explain the whole idea, at first I was kind of taken back a little bit, not in a negative way, but just going, “Oh, okay.” Then the weight of it hit me, thinking, “Oooh, okay, we need to really, really do justice to this in a really beautiful way.” It was right around the time of the Orlando shooting, and I just all of a sudden was hit with this weight, because I knew that then I was going to be a face for the LGBT community, and I was like, “I gotta get this right. I don’t want to go out there and say one thing and then do something else. I just want to make sure that this is very respectful and tasteful and being done with sensitivity.”
you know, what i get from the quotes of ali adler about supergirl is that mon el found that kiss “almost unsatisfying” bc he’s hiding he’s actually gay, winn gets “a little taste of love” for himself so i’m assuming mon el realizes he’s actually in love with him and they get together, also lena and kara grow “closer” and that means they’ll look past that luthor-super rivalry and they’ll both realize they’re in love with each other, and alex and maggie face “complications” which i’m assuming means they argue in which apartment they live together now
Question for people who follows Supergirl’s behind the scenes
Considering it’s months I don’t read/see anything quoting or mentioning series Co-Creator and Executive Producer Ali Adler and that period coincides more or less with the start of the Mayo disaster, should I be concerned for her?
Was she offered in sacrifice to the CW demons so they could relocate there? Or was she locked in some underground dungeon so there is no risk she would contaminate the new male centered story arc with frivolities like feminism? Or is she somewhere fighting the good fight to try to bring us canon Supercorp (and hopefully feminism and Kara’s agency back) like M’gann is currently doing on Mars?
Anybody else wake up and randomly think about what could have been if Ali Adler hadn’t been pushed off her show:
We could have gotten the slow-burn Sanvers that she wanted.
Maybe the Kara/Mon-Ew crap wouldn’t have unfolded in the manner that it did, i.e. Kara would have actually been the hero of her own show and not a prop-up piece for a misogynistic abusive privilege dudebro (thinly veiled for you know who).
Maybe James Olsen andM'Gann don’t disappear.
Maybe we get a universe with Maggie Sawyer, Alex Danvers, and Sara Lance being bad assess without all the cringe-worthy smarminess.
Maybe the show doesn’t turn into a hot mess of crappy romance driven arcs and they actually focus on Cadmus and the Daxamites, etc.
Le sigh. Wishful thinking indeed. I guess a girl can dream.
What makes me more angrier about last night is that Ali Adler a producer on the show didn’t fight for the LGBT storyline more. This couple are flying the flag for LGBT in tv right now and herself being a lesbian woman should have done so much more to give more air time this. There should have been a tender moment between Alex and Maggie where Alex asked if she was ok and tell Maggie it was at least ok that she lied and didn’t need to be sorry. But nope, as much as a loved their make up date scene there should have been this. Ali should have fought for this more and not let the other writers and producers trample on this over karamel fluff.
I am also angry at the Kara scene, I am sure Alex told her everything and she should have told Maggie that it is ok to talk to Alex and share that Alex is a very understanding person drawing on her own personal experience. Kara should have said that she knows it isn’t her business but she hates to see anyone in her life Hurt, even if you are my sisters girlfriend You don’t need to impress her just be honest with her because Alex will care and understand that everyone will. Alex really wants to know more and learn more about you and it’s ok to be shut off. She should have never called her out for hating Valentine’s Day because she has a valid reason. I think she could have hugged her in this scene to reassure her that it was ok and said just speak to Alex and left it at that.
I am just so frustrated by these scenes and all got is karamel angst and he doesn’t even deserve her.