Military Kids Meet Stars of TV’s Supergirl


Military Kids Meet Stars of TV’s Supergirl

by: George A. Smith | .
AFN Public Affairs | .
published: November 12, 2015

Scores of military children watched the new television hit Supergirl before its broadcast debut and met the stars of the CBS show.  It was almost as if a supply sergeant had issued each one of the youngsters a great big smile.

“I’m stoked,”said one boy.

“It’s not like you get to meet a famous person every day,” explained a smiling teenage girl.

“Wonderwoman!” shouted a confused four-year-old girl.

Cast members of Supergirl went to Coronado Naval Air Base in California before the program first aired on American television, and according to Nielsen ratings, episode one had the best ratings of a new show debut this fall.

“We’re really appreciative of them showing some love to the Sailors and their families.  The kids love this and the parents love it,” said the commanding officer of Naval Air Base Coronado, Capt. Stephen Barnett.

Brandon Workman, who works for Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Coronado, said more than 500 people showed up to watch the sneak peak of the show and meet Supergirl, actress Melissa Benoist.

“Supergirl was the biggest draw,” said Workman.  “There were several younger girls who came in costume and posed for pictures with her.   Miss Benoist took time for each of them and provided a positive role model for kids to look up to.”

The American Forces Network (AFN) coverage of the sneak preview was a fortunate accident.

“We were driving to another shoot when we saw the theater marque promoting the sneak peek the next day.  We made some calls and rearranged our schedule so we could cover it,” said producer Robert Sekula, of the AFN Broadcast Center in Riverside, California.  

Supergirl airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. JKT in Asia on AFN|prime Pacific and at 7 p.m. CET in Europe on AFN|prime Atlantic.