Supergirl is more often than not a refreshingly fun superhero series, but it might have gotten too sticky sweet if not for the character of Cat Grant. Calista Flockhart could begin an episode with a caustic diatribe at her assistant “Kira” and end with a well-meaning reality check, and a big concern about Supergirl's big move from CBS to The CW (and from L.A. to Vancouver) centers on whether or not Cat would be coming with Kara. Luckily, it looks like the team at The CW will do what it takes to keep Calista Flockhart on board as Cat.
Unlike several of the cast members who haven’t quite made big names for themselves just yet, Calista Flockhart isn’t an actress who is going to uproot her life in sunny Los Angeles to move to Vancouver for a supporting role. According to TVLine, The CW is looking to work out a deal to keep Flockhart as a member of the cast. That deal will possibly just result in more of Cat indoors in Season 2, which would allow Flockhart to fit a plethora of scenes into each temporary trip to Vancouver.
Cat already spends a great deal of her onscreen time in her massive office at CatCo Worldwide Media. If Supergirl simply begins setting the majority of her scenes at CatCo, not a whole let else really has to change. The occasional villain will still be able to shove her off her balcony and/or try to electrocute her with assorted office equipment to keep her life exciting. Besides, Supergirl moving to The CW may mean that the crew just gets a lot more creative with redressing sets. Eagle-eyed fans of the Flarrow-verse can attest to the fact that Central City and Star City share a bunch of the same staircases, rooftops, and warehouses; surely Supergirl can manage to create a few locations out of one primary set for Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant.
Interestingly, the end of Season 1 actually gave Supergirl a bit of an out to explain why Cat might not be seen as much anymore. Kara was finally given an office of her own, complete with four walls and a door. Separating her workspace from Cat’s means that they’d be spending less time in close quarters anyway. Now, Kara can just mention that Cat dropped by with an assignment without Supergirl necessarily needing Calista Flockhart in the background.
There’s no saying at this point just how different Supergirl will look on The CW, although we can definitely expect fewer brilliant California-esque sunsets in National City this fall. At least we can count on Cat Grant being back in some capacity to keep the sweetness in check and give Kara a professional role model in her civilian life.
Supergirl hasn’t been given a premiere date just yet for Season 2, but we do know that it will be airing on Mondays. Check out our summer TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch in the meantime.
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