Although Supergirl season 1 debuted on CBS last fall, the show co-created by Greg Berlanti will premiere its second season on The CW – alongside fellow Berlanti-produced DC Comics series Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. As a result of the move, changes behind the scenes of Supergirl took place, most notably that the production moved from Los Angeles, California to Vancouver, Canada. Many of the show’s cast members – including the Girl of Steel herself, Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) – were expected to return for season 2. However, the change in networks also impacted the role of a one particular star: Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant.
Shortly after the switch from CBS to CW was announced, many began to wonder if Flockhart would be willing to move with the production to Vancouver. CW president Mark Pedowitz offered fans hope, revealing that there were talks with Flockhart about whether she would return and in what capacity. The actress was later confirmed to return for season 2, and now we know a little bit more about how long Cat Grant will appear.
In an interview with Collider, Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that Flockhart will definitely appear in the first two episodes of season 2 and the show is in talks with her to return for more. Kreisberg explained:
Well, she’s in the first two episodes and we’re talking to her about doing more. It’s funny because, from our perspective, we thought she wouldn’t do any. And it’s not because she doesn’t love the show. She’s such a huge fan of the show, but moving to Vancouver, we assumed that we would part as friends. But she’s so into the show and feels such an allegiance and a responsibility to it that she’s agreed to come back, so we’re very happy.
In addition to Cat Grant, the first two episodes of Supergirl season 2 will also see the official introduction of the show’s Superman, as played by Tyler Hoechlin. The Man of Steel’s appearance coupled with Cat Grant’s return will certainly kick off season 2 with plenty of what fans have hoped for or enjoyed about Supergirl.
That said, the CW series will also be introducing a new boss for Kara in the form of Snapper Carr, played by Ian Gomez (Cougar Town). Described as having a “no-holds barred approach” and said to affect Kara’s work in “unexpected ways,” Kreisberg explained that Cat’s reduced role in season 2 opened up room to develop a new working situation:
We’re not focusing on what we don’t have. We’re focusing on what we do have, and it’s allowed us to have Ian Gomez, who’s playing Snapper Carr, come in, in a more supervisory capacity, which is fun. Kara has spent two years of her life learning to deal with Cat Grant’s idiosyncrasies, foibles, short temper and mixed signals, and just when she finally got that down, she’s now introduced to a new boss who’s very different, has his own thing, and isn’t quite as impressed by her spunk as Cat always was, even if Cat wouldn’t admit it.
Those fans who enjoyed the dynamic between Cat and Kara in season 1 will certainly be disappointed that won’t be included as much in the show’s sophomore outing. But, that said, the addition of Snapper Carr offers a chance to see Kara use what Cat taught her and apply it to different situations – while offering a whole new workplace environment for season 2. Still, it remains to be seen whether Flockhart will return to Supergirl for more episodes and how the show will fare without the CatCo leader.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.