Teasers abound as we gear up for the premieres of The CW’s DC TV shows, the most hotly-anticipated of which may be Supergirl. Fans have high expectations for the show as it migrates from CBS over to another network. Though this move is a rare one to see after just one season, it’s a smart marketing play: moving Supergirl to the CW means another Supergirl/The Flash crossover is on the way and promises to bleed into the other two CW/DC television series (Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow).

We know more about what to expect next on Supergirl, now that The CW has released the synopsis for the show’s second season, as well as a trailer. We also now know more about which new characters to expect — in addition to Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman, that is. A new report reveals that TV veteran Brenda Strong is joining the Supergirl cast for multiple episodes this season, too.

In their weekly Spoiler Room report, EW confirmed the casting news, and teases what fans can expect from the Supergirl season 2 premiere:

“The season 2 premiere is definitely a fun mix of comedy and action, along with a pretty surprising exchange between Kara and James. I can’t say more, but I can’t [sic] tell you that Brenda Strong joins the Supergirl cast in a recurring role — and she makes quite the first impression in the season 2 premiere.”

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It comes as little surprise that Brenda Strong is joining the world of superhero TV, as the seasoned actor has garnered lots of critical attention (including 2 Emmy nominations) over her illustrious career. She’s been all over film and TV for decades, in roles that range from bit parts like her stint as a sexy nurse in Spaceballs to her critically acclaimed work as Mary Alice Young in Desperate Housewives. Strong most recently appeared on Fear the Walking Dead this year as Ilene Stowe.

There’s lots to be excited about in this news. Fans of the Kara/James dynamic will be pleased to know that that tension is building, and this casting revelation leads to all kinds of fun questions. Namely, what role will Strong play that has her making such a dynamic debut? Perhaps she’s part of the “new threat” emerging in National City, or maybe she’s on the staff at CatCo. Either way, we expect this new cast member to bring even more to Supergirl‘s already promising lineup.

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The Flash season 3 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4th at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same time slot on Wednesday, Oct. 5th, followed by Supergirl season 2 on Monday, Oct. 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday, Oct. 13th.

Source: EW