Once it was announced that Supergirl would be leaving CBS to join fellow DC superhero shows -- Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow -- on The CW, fans were speculating on the changes that might occur after the switch. The good news was that the potential for crossover episodes greatly increased, but the bad news included concerns over a possibly diminished special effects budget.
What later became evident was that the move could have repurcussions on the casting. Changing from CBS to The CW meant that filming would move from Los Angeles, California to Vancouver, Canada. For the LA-based Calista Flockhart, who plays Kara's (Melissa Benoist) tough-but-mentoring boss Cat Grant, this presented a problem. While negotiations are ongoing, the latest casting news indicates we may be seeing less of the CatCo mogul in season 2.
According to EW, former Cougar Town star Ian Gomez will be recurring on Supergirl as Snapper Carr, the new editor-in-chief at CatCo Magazine. The character is being described as having a "commitment to hard-hitting journalism" and a "no-holds barred approach" that stirs things up at the magazine. The outspoken chief's new reign will also reportedly affect Kara's work in "unexpected ways."
In the comics, Snapper Carr earned his nickname from his propensity to snap his fingers when making a point. He was originally created as a teenage civilian who helped out the Justice League, so it's clear that Supergirl will be straying from that storyline. Snapper was portrayed as a TV reporter in the Justice League cartoon, though, so there is some precedent for this version of the character.
In addition to Cougar Town, Gomez is also known for his role on the long-running series The Drew Carey Show. He's done guest spots on several TV shows, including The Real O'Neals, The Middle, and Grey's Anatomy. He recently appeared on the big screen in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. He'll join other new cast members for season 2 of Supergirl, including Lynda Carter as the President of the United States, and Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman.
The end of season 1 left Kara with a promotion and an office, but no clear-cut job. The addition of Snapper and his effect on Kara hints that she may be taking on a role as reporter, and may be interacting less with Cat. There's no news yet on how much Flockhart will be appearing on season 2, but the addition of a new editor-in-chief leaves the door open for several possibilities. Viewers may be getting Snapper in the day-to-day operations, with Cat Grant only appearing in occasional pivotal episodes, or perhaps only a single arc in part of the season. If Flockhart decides to make the move to Vancouver, however, the stories could include a lot more sparring between the two powerful personalities -- with Kara caught in the middle, of course.
One of the bright spots of the Supergirl season was the unexpectedly interesting relationship between Kara and Cat, who turned out to have more depth than a cardboard diva boss. It would be a shame to lose that interaction, but whatever happens with Flockhart's character, a shake-up in the office isn't a bad thing. There often didn't seem to be much happening at CatCo other than fetching coffee and plotting Supergirl missions, so the addition of a character focused on doing actual journalism could do a lot to increase the credibility of Kara's work life.
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.