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Supergirl to end with season 6

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If you’re a fan of The CW’s Supergirl, well I have some bad news for you today as the DC Comics superhero show is going up, up, and away! The US TV network along with Warner Bros TV and creator Greg Berlanti officially released a statement last night that the upcoming sixth season of the show will be it’s last. It’s the second of The CW’s Arrowverse shows to end following Arrow – the series that kicked it all off – wrapping up its run after eight seasons earlier this year.

Supergirl debuted on CBS in 2015 and while developed by Berlanti, it was not part of the “Arrowverse” of shows he had setup at The CW. Season two saw Supergirl move house to The CW though, with it being explained that the show took place in one of the many alternate universes that would soon be introduced to the Arrowverse with The Flash, with the shows crossing over multiple times since.

For five seasons, we’ve followed the immensely charming Melissa Benoist as Superman’s titular cousin Kara Zor-El as she fought for truth and justice in her hometown of National City. She boasted a colourful cast around her including Chyler Leigh as her foster-sister Alex, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, David Harewood as the Martian Manhunter, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, and much more. Season 4 also made history by introducing Nicole Maines as Nia Nal aka Dreamer, the first transgender superhero on television.

As to why Supergirl is ending, the upcoming sixth season was already going to be delayed due to Benoist expecting a child with her husband. But in March of this year, while still in production on the final episode of season five, The CW shut down production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Episode 19 had to be reworked into a new season finale with the cast recording additional dialogue/scenes from their homes. Ratings for the show had been steadily declining for a while now, with the aborted season five hitting a series low (it averaged just 1.58 million viewers in the US as opposed to the 9.81 million the show pulled in season one). Coupled with Benoist’s unavailability due to her pregnancy and the production shutdown dragging on longer than most expected, it was jointly decided by the producers, the network, and Benoist to just end it on a relatively high note on their own terms. Benoist posted the following message on Instagram addressing Supergirl’s end:

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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. 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. 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. ♥️ el mayarah 💪 @supergirlcw

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It’s believed that the sixth season is targeting a production start in Vancouver, Canada next week if a local deal goes through pending new COVID-19 regulations. However, Benoist will still not be available as the rest of the cast will start shooting whatever scenes they can without her. She will join the production later to fill in those scenes, according to Deadline’s sources. Season six will also boast a full 20 episode order, which is a lot more than many other network shows are getting post-pandemic, but The CW wants Supergirl to go out on a bang.

This doesn’t mean the end of the House of El on The CW though. In season two of Supergirl, the show introduced Tyler Hoechlin as Superman and Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, both of whom became frequent guest stars. Their popularity has led to a new spinoff, Superman and Lois, which is scheduled to air January 2021. It’s probably not a stretch to imagine that Benoist will occasionally reprise her role as Supergirl for a guest appearance in that show going forward.

Last Updated: September 23, 2020

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