Last week, The CW announced its spring/summer schedule, revealing when all of its remaining shows would be starting their latest seasons…with the exception of Supergirl. There was no mention of it whatsoever, and the furthest date listed was June 14, so we assumed we wouldn’t be seeing it for a while.
Suddenly, there she is! Kara Zor-El has flown in from the horizon to apologize for her absence. Not only that, her official return date is sooner than we could have predicted: March 30. What made the network change its mind?
You know those crazy twists you see in movies where the bad guy suddenly does something really nice out of nowhere? Well, get a lot of this one — the one responsible for bringing Supergirl to our TV screens before May is none other than our dark nemesis…COVID-19.
Yes, due to a positive case of COVID somewhere on the Superman And Lois set, production had to temporarily shut down for a few weeks, leaving a hole in the CW schedule once the new episodes run out. Supergirl was chosen as the show to fill that slot, so now we get to see Melissa Benoist’s sunny face, giving a much-welcomed reprieve from the dour, color-desaturated Kent farm.
Well, now we don’t know what to think. Isn’t this virus supposed to be BAD?
“To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement,” says Benoist. “Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless. She’s had that impact on me, too. 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.”
Supergirl will pinch-hit until May 18, at which point Superman And Lois will swap back in, and then afterward Supergirl will return and finish up its season. This will also be the final season of Supergirl, as announced last year.