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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/supergirl-melissa-benoist-girls-on-the-bus-1235096387/

‘Supergirl’ Grad Melissa Benoist Near Deal to Star in ‘Girls on the Bus’

The HBO Max drama will mark a reunion for the actress with exec producer Greg Berlanti.

BY LESLEY GOLDBERG

FEBRUARY 18, 2022

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Supergirl is staying in the Berlanti camp.

Melissa Benoist is near a deal to star in HBO Max’s newly ordered drama series The Girls on the Bus, from exec producers Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec. The casting reunites the actress with Berlanti after she spent six seasons wearing the cape as the lead of CBS-turned-The CW’s Supergirl. The DC Comics-inspired drama wrapped its run in November, with the final season pushed to March of last year in order to accommodate Benoist’s pregnancy.

Reps for HBO Max and producers Warner Bros. TV declined comment as a deal is not officially closed.

The Girls on the Bus is inspired by a chapter of Amy Chozick’s best-selling book. The comedic, character-driven drama chronicles four female journalists who follow every move of a parade of flawed presidential candidates, while finding friendship, love, and scandal along the way. Benoist is expected to play one of the four central journalists.

Plec and author Chozick are credited as writers on the series and both exec produce. Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions partner Sarah Schechter and head of TV David Madden also exec produce. Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti is based with a rich overall deal, is the studio. The casting also extends Benoist’s relationship with Warners, the studio behind Supergirl and where she set her first overall deal for her launched production company a year ago. It’s unclear if Benoist will also be credited as an executive producer, though the odds are safe that she will, given her value to the studio and her deal there.

The Girls on the Bus had a wild ride to HBO Max. The drama was originally ordered at Netflix in 2019 following a multiple-outlet bidding war. The streaming giant quietly dropped Bus during the quarantine portion of the pandemic in 2020. The drama had a production commitment and was beginning to cast at when the pandemic hit and was ultimately dropped as part of the streamer’s regime change from Cindy Holland (who bought it) to Bela Bajaria (who dropped it). Sources note that the political backdrop of the series was part of the reason Netflix ultimately bailed on the project. The CW picked it up last September and had plans to redevelop the series for its younger-focused audience despite the fact that nearly a full season’s worth of scripts had already been completed. It’s unclear how much of the scripts Netflix effectively paid for will be part of the HBO Max incarnation.

Benoist, whose credits also include Glee and Whiplash, is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit.

A premiere date (and episode count) for Bus has not yet been determined.

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Melissa Benoist In Talks To Star In ‘Girls On the Bus’ HBO Max Series From Berlanti Productions

By Nellie Andreeva

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Coming off six seasons as the lead of Supergirl, Melissa Benoist is poised to reunite with Berlanti Productions on another series. Benoist is in negotiations to headline The Girls on the Bus, which just received a straight-to-series order at HBO Max, I have learned. Benoist also is expected to serve as a producer on the drama series, an adaptation of Amy Chozick’s bestselling book Chasing Hillary, from Julie Plec, Chozick, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros TV. Reps for HBO Max and WBTV declined comment.

Talks with Benoist for Girls on the Bus have been going on a parallel track with negotiations for the project’s move from the CW, where it had been in development this season, to HBO Max with a series order. I hear Supergirl co-creator/executive producer Greg Berlanti and his team had reached out to Benoist, and her interest helped boost the project’s prospects (though the series order by HBO Max is not cast-contingent.)

Written by Plec and Chozick, The Girls on the Bus, which was originally set up at Netflix before moving to the CW, is inspired by “The Girls on the Bus” chapter in Chozick’s book Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling. The character-driven comedic drama series revolves around four female journalists — one of them to be played by Benoist — who follow every move of a parade of flawed presidential candidates while finding friendship, love and scandal along the way.

Plec executive produces via her My So-Called Company, along with Chozick, Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden for Berlanti Productions. WBTV, where Berlanti and Benoist are under overall deals, is the studio. (The project, which first came together and sold to Netflix in 2019, stems from Plec’s overall deal at WBTV; she has since moved to Universal Television.)

Following her breakout role on Fox’s Glee, Benoist was tapped as the lead of the CW’s Supergirl, which recently wrapped its six-season run. She appeared across the CW’s Arrowverse in her role as Kara Danvers/Supergirl. Benoist is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz


https://tvline.com/2022/02/18/melissa-benoist-the-girls-on-the-bus-hbo-max-greg-berlanti-julie-plec/

Melissa Benoist Nears Deal to Star in HBO Max's The Girls on the Bus, Reunite With Supergirl EP Greg Berlanti

By Dave Nemetz / February 18 2022,

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Melissa Benoist may have put away her Supergirl cape, but she’s flying right back to the small screen.

The actress is nearing a deal to star in the HBO Max drama series The Girls on the Bus, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Based on Amy Chozick’s bestselling novel Chasing Hillary, “this comedic character-driven drama chronicles four female journalists who follow every move of a parade of flawed presidential candidates, while finding friendship, love, and scandal along the way,” per the official description. Benoist will play one of the four main journalists.

The role would reunite Benoist with Supergirl executive producer Greg Berlanti, who is set to executive-produce the new series along with Vampire Diaries EP Julie Plec. Plec will write the series along with book author Chozick.

Benoist wrapped up a six-season run as Kara Danvers/Supergirl on The CW’s Supergirl in November. (The series’ freshman season actually aired on CBS before it moved to The CW for its final five seasons.) Her other TV credits include Glee, Waco and Homeland.

The Girls on the Bus has traveled a winding road to get on the air: It was first ordered by Netflix in 2019, then quietly dropped and picked back up by The CW. HBO Max handed it a straight-to-series order earlier this week.
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Great news for her! I hope it pans out as hoped. It's definitely a step up career-wise. :)
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Supergirl's Melissa Benoist Cast in New HBO Max Political Dramedy

Arrowverse's Supergirl, Melissa Benoist has found her new gig, the actress is reteaming with Greg Berlanti for the HBO Max show, Girls on the Bus.

BY SYED FAHADULLAH HUSSAINI
PUBLISHED 37 MINUTES AGO

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Melissa Benoist is nearing a deal to star in Girls on the Bus, a political dramedy that has been freshly ordered straight-to-series at HBO Max. Benoist has become a household name for her portrayal of the leading cape clad Kara Danvers in the CBS/The CW series Supergirl, which wrapped up its six-season run last November. As the Arrowverse's beloved Girl of Steel, Benoist has also made appearances in other CW shows like The Flash, Arrow, Batwoman, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow as a part of the annual crossover events. Now, however, Benoist has hung up her cape and is on the lookout for her next venture, which seems to be reuniting her with the producers that helped her become the star that she is.

As per a new report by Deadline, Melissa Benoist has almost been finalized to star in HBO Max's Girls on the Bus, thereby reteaming with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. The new show is based on a chapter from The New York Times correspondent Amy Chozick's book Chasing Hillary. In the series, which is described as a "character-driven comedic drama," Benoist plays one of the four leading female journalists. Together with her colleagues, Benoist's character will dissect the political campaigns of a bunch of incompetent presidential candidates, at the same time dealing with friendships, relationships, and scandals. Chozick's book focuses on Hilary Clinton's two presidential runs, but the HBO Max series will instead revolve around fictional candidates and characters.

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Viewers have already witnessed Benoist as a reporter in Supergirl, albeit there it was just a daytime job and a lot more action kept her occupied at other times. But now the beloved superheroine is jumping on to something completely different; an opportunity that enables her to exercise her comedic chops and explore her range as a performer. With the right talent, Girls on the Bus already seems to be setting itself up for success, although it will still be interesting to see who are the other journalists Benoist ends up working with in her new gig.
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This is Fabulous news for Melissa and her fans. We get to see her in a starring role and a executive producer too boot. The role fits her like a glove and I would love to see Monty as one of the flawed presidential candidates. It would be a smart move to get Chris in that role. Regardless, I will be watching if this is a done deal. This would be a shot in the arm for her career.
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'Girls on the Bus': Melissa Benoist in Talks to Star in HBO Max Political Dramedy

BY SHANE ROMANCHICK
PUBLISHED 3 HOURS AGO

Supergirl is reunited with Greg Berlanti and Warner Brothers for her next show.

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Coming hot off the news that the series Girls on the Bus is getting a straight-to-series order from HBO Max, the upcoming dramedy just found its first star. According to Variety, Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist, is in talks to star in the series. If this becomes the case, she would be reteaming with Warner Brothers and executive producer Greg Berlanti for the project.

As previously mentioned, Benoist is best known for playing Supergirl for the hit CW series of the same name. She played the Girl of Steel for 126 episodes across six seasons from 2015 to 2021. She was the glowing heart of the show, and because of this, she appeared on other CW superhero shows like The Flash, Arrow, Batwoman, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow for various significant crossover events. She is also known for her role as Marley Rose on the hit Fox series Glee. Benoist has also appeared in feature films such as Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Whiplash, Patriots Day, and Danny Collins.

Girls on the Bus is inspired by a chapter of The New York Times Correspondent Amy Chozick's book Chasing Hillary. The series itself is a comedic character-driven drama that "chronicles four female journalists who follow every move of a parade of flawed presidential candidates while finding friendship, love, and scandal along the way." While the book is based on Hillary Clinton's two presidential campaigns, the series will follow fictional characters and candidates. Nevertheless, based on the description alone, the series has all it needs to be a successful political comedy.

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Julie Plec and Chozick will serve as the writers and executive producers on the series. On top of that, Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and David Madden will also serve as executive producers through Berlanti Productions and Warner Brothers Television. It is surprising to see this series move so quickly after the last few years of the show constantly switching networks or just being trapped in TV purgatory. However, it is great to finally see Girls on the Bus gaining some much-needed steam.

Benoist has a lot of comedic chops given her time on Supergirl and Glee, and if she does get cast in this political dramedy, this HBO Max original is off to a good start. Also, if Benoist is playing one of the journalists, she already has experience playing one as that was Supergirl's daytime job in her series.

For all the latest news on Girls on the Bus, including casting, stick with Collider.
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