DC’s Stargirl, currently running through its first season Mondays on DC Universe and Tuesday evenings on The CW, has been quite the treat. Despite the field for superhero programs (especially on this network) being so crowded, Stargirl brings a unique voice and feel to the genre.
Brec Bassinger and her curly mop radiate sunshine, her costume and her living Cosmic Staff burst with personality, and the Georgia-filmed town of Blue Valley is a welcome change from the shadowy, gloomy streets of Vancouver BC where every other CW show is filmed. If you’re not watching this, you really should start.
I’m not the only one who feels this way: Stargirl has been pulling in excellent ratings numbers (by CW standards), especially for the summer. We don’t know if it’s been doing anything to improve the DC Universe subscriber base, but we got a bit hint today: the show has been renewed for a second season. Exclusively on The CW.
Because streaming services tend to keep their numbers secret, we can’t tell you with certainty that DC Universe is in trouble. But with Stargirl on The CW, Doom Patrol on HBO Max, Harley Quinn heading there, no announced series on the horizon, and Warner Bros now under the ownership of a behemoth phone company that wants a real competitor to Netflix and Hulu, not something niche….well, I mean, it was fun while it lasted.
We should at least praise the decision to give Stargirl a chance at finding its audience on The CW, rather than letting this wonderful show sink on the DC Universe ship. It’s likely the main reason why the second season happened.
Stargirl stars Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore, Luke Wilson as her stepfather, Amy Smart, Trae Romano, Cameron Gellman, Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Meg DeLacy, Neil Jackson, Jake Austin Walker, Christopher James Baker and Hunter Sansone. A new episode debuted today on DC Universe and will air over broadcast tomorrow night at 8 PM on The CW.