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Monday, August 8, 2016

CALISTA FLOCKHART Remains on "SUPERGIRL", but as RECURRING GUEST Only


When the recent DC superhero TV series “Supergirl” left CBS for The CW after only its first season, many were concerned about how the expected budget cuts to the production will affect the story going forward in season 2. Perhaps the most pressing concern was whether or not one of the show’s principal supporting actresses – and most expensive cast member – will be retained to reprise her character in “Supergirl” on its The CW run.

Fans can stop worrying now, as Warner Brothers Television dropped the big news afternoon of Monday August 1. Comic Book Resources has it that Calista Flockhart has been confirmed to return for the second season of “Supergirl” as the large ham Cat Grant, bombastic boss of Kara Danvers/Supergirl and the woman on top and in charge of the CatCo media corporation. On a less exciting note, it has been revealed that her role this time around has been pared down by necessity. No longer a principal character, Flockhart as Cat has been relegated to “recurring guest star”, who will pop in only on some episodes as her schedule (and maybe budget) permits.

As something of a consolation, WBTV tells TVLine that Cat’s character will at least be guaranteed to be around at the season premiere, and most of the early episodes. That shooting schedule is going to be the most they can stretch out for the moment.

The show’s executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had this to say about the efforts to keep Flockhart around instead of dropping her character or recasting: “Supergirl wouldn’t be Supergirl without the amazing Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant. We are so excited Calista has agreed to continue on the show when she can. We and the audience love to see her on screen.”

“Supergirl” on CBS was shot in Los Angeles, which was also home for Flockhart. Season 2 has moved production to Vancouver, the same place where all of The CW’s other DC superhero shows are produced. This could factor into the network’s plans to do more crossover episodes for their TV series, having “Arrow”, “Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow” meeting and mingling for adventures with “Supergirl” and probably her setting as the common thread.

The show also boasts some new cast members such as Ian Gomez as Snapper Carr, a journalist hired by Cat to be EIC of her magazine (and thus giver her character reason to skip town every odd episode?), Floriana Lima as police detective Maggie Sawyer, Lynda Carter as the President of the United States, and finally Tyler Hoechlin in the coveted role of Kara’s cousin Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman.

Catch season 2 of “Supergirl” as it hits The CW on October 10.

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