Supergirl went through a lot of changes when it made the move from CBS to The CW, and the biggest change would probably have to be the departure of Cat Grant from the daily workings of CatCo. She was Kara's most hands-on role model throughout the first season; the second season has been quite different without their late night talks about life. Actress Calista Flockhart was attached to still appear as a recurring guest star. Now, we might know when she's making her grand return to Supergirl: this spring.
Cat Grant has been absent from Supergirl since way back in the second episode of Season 2, and viewers have already gone seven episodes without seeing her on the small screen. The show has filled in the gaps at CatCo by having James Olsen move into her office and giving newcomer Snapper Carr the main editorial duties, but her absence has been notable. The report of a possible comeback in the spring could mean a brief run of episodes that could feel more like what we got on a weekly basis during Season 1.
Most of the changes to Supergirl in Season 2 had to do with the move from CBS to The CW. The network switch meant that filming transferred from sunny Los Angeles to Vancouver so that Supergirl's sets could be shared with the rest of the CW superhero series. Calista Flockhart understandably chose not to uproot her life and spend a great deal of time away from her family. Because of this, Supergirl's relocation meant the end of Cat Grant on a weekly basis.
Early reports of Cat's reduced presence in Season 2 indicated that she would be back in a recurring guest role. Sadly, most of the first half of the season passed without word of a comeback. The character's reason for departing was that she felt like a big fish in a too-small pond for too long. She didn't leave in some way that meant that she couldn't easily drop in and out from time to time. After all, she wasn't killed off or forced to go on the run or kidnapped by aliens or anything. Her fans could hope that she'd be back in the not-too-distant future.
There is no confirmation at this point that Calista Flockhart will be back in Season 2, but TVLine's report of chatter about bringing her back into the fold for a bit is definite reason to get excited about what's to come. Honestly, I'd be happy if she just came back to provide some of her classically caustic commentary about everything that has happened since she left. I'm sure she'd have plenty to say about the new vigilante Guardian at the very least.
Supergirl is currently on hiatus, but it will return to its regular time slot starting on Monday, January 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what else will hit the airwaves in 2017.