CBS’ first superhero show in over 20 years, Supergirl, was one of last fall’s most anticipated new series. The premiere back in October even debuted to a record high of 14 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults from ages 18-49. Yet those numbers didn’t last as viewers slowly dwindled over the first half of the season, so it wasn’t too much of surprise when the network (which is used to series getting very high ratings) decided to not go forward with a second season at the beginning of May.
Luckily, CBS had another ace up its sleeve and secretly negotiated with Warner Bros. Television to instead move the show to sister network The CW. Ever since Supergirl was first announced in fall 2014, many felt the lighthearted, female-driven show would be better off alongside other superhero favorites like Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow on the smaller network. Now fans are finally getting their wish, but we’re still not clear at what cost that will be to the original identity of the show.
There’s been talk that Calista Flockhart (who is based in Los Angeles) will not be making the move to Vancouver and will thus likely have a diminished role in season 2. Though negotiations with Flockhart are still ongoing, TVLine had a talk with Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist, at The CW’s recent Upfront event on what else may change with the move, which according to the actress shouldn’t be much at all:
“I think it feels like it’s not too much different. It’s a different network, but I think we’re still the same show. And I wasn’t done telling the story, so I’m really excited.”
While Supergirl has never felt at home on CBS, it’s not hard to realize that the series benefited from the network’s budget for special effects, etc. It’s safe to say the series’ tone will not change, but the production value of the show may in the move to The CW. On the other hand, The Flash is regularly praised for its look and feel, so less money isn’t always a death sentence if you know how to use it.
Supergirl will just have to make do with what it has, especially as the show might get another Kryptonian next season. In the finale, Kara came across a space pod with someone (or something) inside, but the episode cut off before we could learn more. There’s rumors it could be Superboy, especially since Cadmus’ experimentation on aliens was referenced in season 1. Benoist says she still doesn’t know the truth: “I have theories, I have heard a few rumblings of what it – who it may be but I’m not positive.”
No matter how many ways Supergirl might change in season 2, the core of the show and its heart will stay the same. It’s why fans fell in love with the Girl of Steel and her family and friends. With The Flash potentially launching the Flashpoint storyline, there’s no telling how it will open up possibilities for all the other shows. As Benoist speculates, “I think she’s going to be visiting, or being visited, by many people, not just Barry.”
Either way, we can’t wait to see the whole gang back this fall and rightfully where they belong on The CW.
Supergirl season 2 will air at 8pm Mondays on The CW in Fall 2016, The Flash will air in the same timeslot on Tuesdays, Arrow on Wednesdays, and Legends of Tomorrow on Thursdays.