While Supergirl drew fairly glowing critical praise and brought in ratings that would have likely earned it an easy renewal on many other networks, the series' season 2 renewal came right down to the wire. In a way though, that's not really surprising. Supergirl generally stuck out like a sore thumb amidst the CBS lineup, a TV landscape mostly populated by multi-camera sitcoms and crime procedurals. Almost from the beginning, fans wondered why Supergirl hadn't found a home over at The CW, a more genre-friendly channel co-owned by CBS that was already home to other DC properties Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.
It seems CBS executives must have eventually come to the same conclusion, ultimately opting to ship titular hero Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) off to The CW when she returns for more adventures this fall. That said, it appears that The CW just can't wait that long to introduce Supergirl to their audience.
TV Line is reporting the network has announced plans to re-air the entirety of Supergirl season 1 in primetime, from pilot to finale. The festivities begin on Monday, August 1st at 8pm, with two episodes airing that night and every subsequent Monday night for the following nine weeks. That leads directly into Supergirl's season 2 premiere in the same timeslot on Monday, October 10th.
This is certainly a good strategic move on The CW's part, as a good portion of its audience may not have bothered to check out the first season when it originally aired on CBS. Also, with Supergirl season 1 not set to hit Blu-Ray until August 9th - and it being unclear whether or not Supergirl will be available on Netflix any time soon - this may very well be many interested viewers best chance to catch-up in time to be current by the premiere of season 2.
Supergirl season 2 promises to shake things up for Kara, with further crossovers with The CW's other DC dramas already being planned, as well as the impending arrival of Superman himself to the mix. Original TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter is also joining the cast, playing the President of the United States. On the other hand, the series' move to The CW came along with budget cuts, and it's unclear at present what potentially detrimental effects those cuts might have on the overall product, outside of an already announced move of production operations from Los Angeles to Vancouver.
Will Supergirl fly as high in season 2, or will she prove to be one DC hero too many in The CW's stable? The answers will reveal themselves this fall.
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.