All good things must come to an end, and that includes Supergirl. The WB TV show, which began life on CBS before moving to The CW in its second season, will be ending with the upcoming sixth season. The CW and producers Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions made the announcement today ahead of the production start date for Season 6. According to Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, “between the delays and Supergirl’s downward ratings trajectory, I hear the producers, the studio, the network and Benoist came to a decision that it was better to end the show with a longer final season.”
“To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement,” said series star Melissa Benoist in a statement on Instagram. “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.”
Benoist continued by speaking about her high expectations for the coming season, writing: “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.”
Supergirl Season 6 is set to premiere on The CW in 2021, though production has not yet begun. It had been delayed due to the coronavirus epidemic, as well as due to Benoist’s pregnancy. According to Deadline, production may begin next week, with filming around Benoist who would join the production at a later date. The final season will include 20 episodes, more than the other CW returns coming in 2021 are expecting to have. Supergirl will be the second Arrow-verse show to come to an end, following Arrow, which wrapped up earlier this year after eight seasons.
In addition to Benoist, Supergirl stars: Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, Azie Tesfai, Andrea Brooks, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair, and David Harewood. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner, Jessica Queller, and Rob Wright serve as executive producers. It is based on characters from DC created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.