Right now, we’re short of good news and of new, scripted shows in the summertime.
So here’s something that combines both: “Stargirl” (shown here) has just been renewed for next season.
The show was created for the DC Universe streaming service, then set a two-part plan: Each week this summer, a new episode reaches DC on Mondays, then airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on CW.
The result has been a pleasant surprise, with smart writing and sharp casting. It still has six more episodes for this summer … and now more: For next year, DC Universe will drop out; CW will air each episode first, then move it to its next-day streamers.
Either way, you get first-class sci-fi … which maybe shouldn’t seem so surprising. After all, Geoff Johns – who was the creative chief of the DC empire, before starting his own company – produces it with Greg Berlanti.
Johns created the Stargirl comic-book character long ago, modeled after his late sister; Berlanti has brought strong production values to endless shows, both superhero (“The Flash,” “Batwoman”) and not (“Riverdale,” “All-American”).
They came up with a good choice to star (Brec Bassinger) … and a great choice to play her step-dad (Luke Wilson). They also tangle with a problem for some CW series – the reluctant-hero syndrome.
In this case, there’s no reluctance by young Courtney or the three other recruits in her teen team. They’re ready to fight the bad guys; her step-dad keeps urging caution.
This week’s episode (July 6 on DC Universe, July 7 on CW) arrives at an odd time: Cindy, the evil cheerleader (you know the type) had a fierce battle with Courtney, almost killing her. Now … well, now she shows up to visit.
She also recognizes that Courtney is Stargirl … which shouldn’t be that surprising. There aren’t even any Clark Kent glasses to hide behind.
It’s a strange episode, but a solid-enough one … especially by summer standards. And there are five more this summer – and then another season coming up.