Big things are coming to Supergirl in Season 2, from the aftermath of that pod's arrival to the first legitimate appearance from Superman himself, but the biggest change is definitely the move to The CW from CBS. That move had some worried that Season 1 standout Calista Flockhart wouldn't be returning as Cat Grant, since the production location is shifting from Los Angeles to Vancouver, but it has been thankfully confirmed that Cat Grant will indeed be around in Season 2. Unfortunately, she won't be showing up nearly as often.
It was announced earlier that Calista Flockhart will indeed be back for Supergirl Season 2, but in the more limited role of a "recurring guest star," meaning we will have to seriously soak up every bit of screentime she has in the upcoming season. At the moment, it isn't clear just how often Cat will show up, or what explanation will be put in place for why she won't be around her company that often. For what it's worth, though, it sounds like the show is willing to work with Flockhart however possible for her appearances, as executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement that the actress has agreed to return for episodes "when she can," according to Deadline. She is heading up to Vancouver soon to film her first appearances.
Though Cat Grant isn't exactly central to Kara's adventures in trying to save the planet from a plethora of evil threats, she was pretty essential to setting the tone of Season 1 as partially an audience surrogate commenting on Supergirl's shenanigans and also as a source of snarky humor. So the possibility that Flockhart might not return for another year was a bummer, as the actress has made it very clear over the years that she mostly sticks to L.A.-based projects that don't require her to travel for long stints. Three cheers for everyone involved coming to an agreement that gives fans what they want and also doesn't make Flockhart have any regrets about signing up.
So while this might not be great news for Supergirl fans, it's great for fans of Calista Flockhart, who could feasibly sign on as a lead in another new show for the fall or midseason schedule. She recently also had a recurring role in Season 2 of the Audience Network series Full Circle, as well as a voice role in an episode of The Penguins of Madagascar. Here's hoping another solid project finds her soon.
There are a ton of new characters both familiar and mysterious coming to Season 2 that might distract us from Cat Grant's overall absence, but I bet her appearances are some of the best moments in the season. Gotta make them count, right? Supergirl Season 2 will premiere on The CW on Monday, October 10. To see everything else coming to the small screen later this year, check out our fall premiere schedule.