Almost halfway into its original series order of 13 episodes, Supergirl has received the good news that it has been extended for seven more. While a total of 20 episodes is a couple less than the usual 22 television episodes per season, there’s no need to worry that this means Supergirl’s time on air is in jeopardy.
Since its premiere, the most-watched episode of this television season, Supergirl’s average number of viewers has dropped, but that’s normal for many shows. Most websites have posited that the show’s late October premiere led to the shorter season. That was a month after most shows premiered, and a longer season for Supergirl would mean the show would extend farther into summer than normal.
Proving that sometimes life mimics art, star Melissa Benoist enthusiastically tweeted about the full season order and received congratulations on the show from Jessica Jones star and fellow superhero, Krysten Ritter. In recent episodes, Supergirl has chosen to strengthen its focus on female characters’ relationships, and the sisterhood between Kara Zor-El/Danvers (Benoist) and her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), an agent for the Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO), has always been a cornerstone of the show.
Supergirl was initially ordered as part of CBS’s commitment to creating more dramas with female leads, and it’s more than succeeding. The show has created many different female characters, who are all given complicated plot arcs, a feat that is often inexplicably hard for shows to accomplish.
With episodes like “Livewire” and “Red Faced,” it’s clear that Supergirl is starting to hit its groove, as the show has started expanding on its characterization and developing serial story arcs. This new set of episodes will only help Supergirl’s freshman season, and this is the first step on the road to a second season pick-up.
Although rumors that Supergirl would crossover with either of its developer Greg Berlanti’s other superhero shows–namely The Flash and Arrow—have been quelled, there’s still plenty to look forward to in the rest of Supergirl’s first season. Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Emma Caulfield will appear as FBI agent Cameron Chase, likely a version of the DC Comics character of the same name, and the show is currently looking to cast a younger version of Kara’s famous cousin.
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