Supergirl season 2 has seen many changes for the show. Not only has it transitioned from CBS to The CW and moved production from Los Angeles to Vancouver, but as a result, there has been some casting shake-ups as well. Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), who was an important mentor to Supergirl in the first season, left the show at the beginning of the second season, leaving Kara with a new job and lacking a mentor.
In addition to casting Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), as the president of the United States, Supergirl has made sure to include new female role models for the titular character. Even her mother Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater), has gotten more to do on the show now then she did in the first season.
TVLine reports to have insights about whether or not Cat Grant will ever be returning to the show or whether she has maybe chosen to focus on her family (her son Adam appeared in season 1), in Opal City:
“I wouldn’t put money on seeing Cat again this season.” says Michael Ausiello, “But if you do, keep the wager under $1.”
The statement seems to put to bed any hopes of CatCo’s namesake returning anytime soon. Of course, Calista Flockhart isn’t the only iconic actress slated to appear on Supergirl. Lois & Clark star Teri Hatcher was announced to join the cast and the identity and motivations of her character have been a closely guarded secret until now, although producers did announce plans to have her play opposite Dean Cain (who plays Kara’s father on the show). Ausiello was asked how much longer fans had until Hatcher appeared and answered:
“According to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, Hatcher’s character — which remains shrouded in mystery — pops up in Episode 15. As for whether or not you can expect to see her sharing the screen with former Lois & Clark co-star Dean Cain, Kreisberg says that everyone involved wants it to happen, adding “there’s a plan” in the works.”
Monday’s episode was Supergirl season 2, episode 14, meaning that Hatcher should appear on the show as early as next week. Many fans were likely hoping that she will be reprising her role as Lois Lane in the same way Amanda Pays did on The Flash where she reprised her role as Doctor Christina McGee, which she first played in the 1990s Flash television show. That’s not likely, unless Supergirl plans to turn The Daily Planet’s intrepid reporter into the season’s Big Bad.
While the pending arrival of Hatcher’s character is enough to get excited about, Cat Grant not returning to Supergirl is really a bummer. She brought a maturity and wisdom to the show that no one has managed to replace quite yet, as well as bringing a certain amount of star power to the first season of the show that no other cast member could. Plus, her absence from the show renders CatCo an unnecessary set that the series keeps revisiting because they can’t seem to find somewhere else to put James (Mehcad Brooks). Hopefully, the series will figure out what to do with that element of the show before the season is out.
Supergirl continues next Monday with ‘Exodus’ @8pm on The CW.