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CBS has turned to young, charismatic TV veteran Mehcad Brooks to play Jimmy Olsen in their new series, Supergirl. Brooks has appeared in shows like True Blood and Necessary Roughness, and will be the new face for Superman’s pal. This version of the character will retain his usual occupation- photographer- but shift some things around to work for the timeline of the new show.

For the series, which will be led by Melissa Benoist in the titular role, Olsen will be like the Lois to Kara’s Clark. THR claims he’ll be a co-worker and love interest for Kara, who grows closer to her after the public emergence of Supergirl. He’ll likely be dying to get pictures of Supergirl in action, while a disguised Kara- in glasses and pulled-back hair- pines for him in the background. The report also implies that their might be some intrigue surrounding Olsen, as he’s recently been living and working in National City for reasons that are secretive. 

Supergirl will be coming to us from Greg Berlanti, the same man that created ArrowThe Flash, and No Ordinary Family. He brought on his Family partner, Ali Adler, to help him co-write the pilot. Rumors persist that if Supergirl ends up a big hit, that we could see some synergy between it and the other DC properties that Berlanti is in charge of since their network, The CW, is co-owned by CBS. 

What do you think of the casting?

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter