Stars on screen

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STARS ON SCREEN - By An­drew War­ren

‘Su­per­girl,’ meet su­pervil­lain:

The stakes just keep get­ting higher for Kara Zor-El, and that’s say­ing some­thing for a young woman who has sur­vived the de­struc­tion of her home planet and adapted to life on Earth.

With CW’s “Su­per­girl” lay­ing the ground­work for its up­com­ing third sea­son, sched­uled to pre­miere Mon­day, Oct. 9, we al­ready know which bad­die the su­per-pow­ered hero­ine will be fac­ing, and even who will be play­ing her.

Odette Annable, who starred in last sea­son’s ill-fated med­i­cal drama “Pure Ge­nius” on CBS, will be “Su­per­girl’s” pri­mary big bad for the third sea­son. She’ll be play­ing Reign, an enor­mously pow­er­ful World­killer with rather vil­lain­ous plans for Earth.

“Su­per­girl’s” tit­u­lar hero­ine is played by “Glee” alum­nus Melissa Benoist, who does dou­ble duty as both the caped su­per­hero and as her mun­dane al­ter-ego Kara Dan­vers. Me­hcad Brooks (“Nec­es­sary Rough­ness”), Jeremy Jor­dan (“Smash”), Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and David Hare­wood (“Home­land”) also star.

“Su­per­girl” pre­miered on CBS in 2015, but only lasted a sin­gle sea­son on that net­work be­fore join­ing CW’s ros­ter of other DC Comics-based dra­mas “Ar­row,” “The Flash” and “Le­gends of To­mor­row.”

As for Annable’s Reign, lit­tle is known be­yond the fact that she’ll be the main an­tag­o­nist for most of the third sea­son. While much spec­u­la­tion can be gleaned from the char­ac­ter’s role in DC’s comics, CW’s su­per­hero dra­mas tend to use the comic book con­tent as in­spi­ra­tion for their char­ac­ters, rather than feel­ing be­holden to fol­low them all that closely.

Su­per­girl has ad­justed to life on Earth pretty well, but her big­gest chal­lenge yet is in­com­ing. “Su­per­girl” re­turns to CW this Oc­to­ber, dur­ing the fall pre­miere sea­son.

It’s 15 sea­sons in, and “Top Chef” is fi­nally headed for Colorado. Bravo’s award-win­ning cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion is film­ing its next sea­son in the Cen­ten­nial State, with no re­lease date yet an­nounced, although late fall is a good bet based on past pre­mieres.

Long­time “Top Chef” fans will no doubt be fa­mil­iar with the con­nec­tion be­tween the se­ries and the state. In ad­di­tion to a big cash prize ($125,000 in re­cent sea­sons), each sea­son’s win­ner lands a high-pro­file spot at Aspen’s Food & Wine Clas­sic, a culi­nary event put on ev­ery sum­mer by Food & Wine mag­a­zine.

De­spite that con­nec­tion, there’s no word on whether “Top Chef” will ac­tu­ally be film­ing in the high-alti­tude town. So far, it’s been an­nounced that chal­lenges will be set in Denver, Boul­der and the pic­turesque town of Tel­luride.

What there is word on is that all of the fa­mil­iar faces are re­turn­ing. Au­thor and model Padma Lak­shmi has signed on as host and one of the main judges — a dual role that she’s filled since the second sea­son. Chef Tom Colic­chio, who has served as head judge since the show’s in­cep­tion way back in 2006, is also slated to re­turn, along with food writer Gail Sim­mons, who’s also been a judge since the very be­gin­ning. For­mer “Mas­terChef” judge Graham El­liot, who first joined “Top Chef” as a judge last sea­son, is set to re­turn as well.

Aspen, Colorado, has long been one of the many re­wards at the end of the sea­son for “Top Chef’s” win­ning cheftes­tant, but with sea­son 15, the beau­ti­ful Colorado moun­tains will be just part of the back­drop.

Melissa Benoist stars in “Su­per­girl”

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