The CW’s ‘Supergirl’ series to end with sixth season
The show will conclude with a 20-episode final season that’s expected to premiere in 2021. Production of the final episodes is expected to begin soon in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Another Greg Berlanti series bites the dust. Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television and The CW made a joint decision, announcing today that season six of TV show “Supergirl” will be its last.
The show aired its first season on CBS in 2015-16 before moving to The CW for its subsequent seasons, starring 31-year-old Melissa Benoist of “Glee” fame as Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers, a.k.a. Supergirl. To date, 106 episodes of the series have been broadcast.
“To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless,” Benoist posted to her Instagram page. “She’s had that impact on me, too,” Benoist’s statement continues. “She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful. I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.”
The series is based on popular DC Comics characters, some of which were pioneered by Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Supergirl, meanwhile, was created by Otto Binder and Al Pastino, and first appeared in the pages of “Action Comics” No. 252, published by DC Comics in 1959.
Kara, who is originally from the planet Krypton, makes a home on the show in National City working at the Daily Planet as an award-winning reporter after a stint as Cat Grant’s assistant. When she’s off the clock as a journalist, Supergirl dons a cape and fights crime with her superstrength, X-Ray vision and ability to take flight. Her sister, Alex, a group of friends, and agents from the Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO), make up her supporting cast.
“Supergirl” is executive produced by Berlanti with Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner, Jessica Queller and Rob Wright. The third series to debut as part of Berlanti’s “Arrowverse” of shows, “Supergirl” is in continuity with “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” the recently-ended “Arrow,” and other series based on DC Comics.
In addition to “Arrow,” which wrapped last January after 170 episodes, Berlanti has had other less-established shows recently conclude, including “Katy Keene,” which wrapped on The CW after just one season, and “Chilling of Adventures of Sabrina,” an offering from Netflix that’s got half a season left to air.
The first season of “Supergirl” featured Calista Flockhart, who portrayed Cat Grant, alongside Benoist, but once the series was moved from CBS to The CW, production was shifted from Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia, as a cost-savings measure. Flockhart was reportedly unwilling to relocate with the show’s production, so after the first season she came back with a guest role, instead of continuing on as a series star, to wrap her character’s story arc.
Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, Azie Tesfai, David Harewood, Julie Gonzalo and Staz Nair co-starred in the show’s 19-episode fifth season, which wrapped prematurely last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The final 20-episode season is expected to premiere midseason 2021. Production is expected to start very soon, perhaps later this month, according to reports.
Spin-off series “Superman and Lois,” starring Tyler Hoechlin as the Man of Steel and Elizabeth Tulloch as reporter Lois Lane, is expected to premiere on The CW this winter.