Few shows go through such a dramatic change from one season to the next unless there’s a massive ratings dip, or one the main stars unexpectedly decides to leave the series. “Supergirl” had a fantastic rookie season. The series took its time introducing Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), and all the characters in National City, so even those unfamiliar with the comic books felt like an insider. However, a show that needed no fixing is getting a major overhaul and we’re worried it’s not all for the best.
The show is jumping from its home on CBS to The CW, and this creates three major issues. First of all, there will be a significant viewership drop just by virtue of the network change, which could also mean a budget cut. Will those sweet action fighting sequences take a dip in both quality and quantity? That would be unfortunate.
Second of all, this move opens up the series to doing numerous crossovers with the other superhero shows already on The CW.
Now, this can be a great thing when done sparingly. The “Supergirl”/”The Flash” crossover episode was fantastically done during Season 1, but constantly enmeshing the networks’ shows alienates all the fans who haven’t been watching “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow.”
The third and most frustrating reason “Supergirl’s” jump to The CW is disconcerting is because the show will now film in Vancouver, not Los Angeles. Calista Flockhart, who masterfully plays the role of Cat Grant, has always been vocal about only taking work near her home in L.A. to stay near family. Flockhart will be staying with the series as it jumps to filming in Canada, but only as a recurring guest star.
Honestly, this is devastating news. Cat Grant is the true heart and soul of the series. She represents what true strength looks like when you don’t have super powers. Not only that, by replacing her character with Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez) — having this high-powered boss role now be a man — the female empowerment of the series already feels like it’s dwindling. With so many changes, and so many of them unwelcome, we fear Season 2 of “Supergirl” may be its last.
But we also hope to be wrong. Like really, really wrong. It would be beyond awesome if Season 2 turns out to be “Supergirl’s” best season yet. Amidst all this not so great news, there are exciting things coming down the pipeline. Executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg will be introducing Lynda Carter as POTUS, and former “Containment” star Chris Wood will also be joining in the cast. And we can’t forget to mention that Kara’s famous cousin, Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), will be coming to National City as well.
Season 2 of “Supergirl” premieres on Monday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.