Supergirl canceled: No seventh season for The CW superhero drama
The Arrowverse will soon be down yet another hero. On the heels of Arrow‘s final season in 2020, The CW has announced Supergirl‘s journey will come to a close in 2021 with a sixth and final season.
Although the show first premiered on CBS, it wasn’t until Supergirl moved to The CW that the show really began to hit its stride. While there were some growing pains for the show after the move from CBS — which included a move from LA to Vancouver — the series has been on a creative upswing in recent seasons delivering some of its strongest material yet.
Why is Supergirl ending with season 6?
Like many shows, production for the upcoming season of Supergirl has been delayed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While The CW has been able to begin production on a limited number of shows in recent weeks, production on Supergirl season 6 is not expected to begin until Sept. 28 at the earliest.
Production will also have to work around the pregnancy of star Melissa Benoist, with The CW aiming to accommodate the show’s lead who is rumored to join production at a later, yet to be determined date.
Between these delays and the show’s declining ratings, it is being reported all parties involved in the best decision would be for the show to conclude with its upcoming sixth season. This will allow the creative team time to organically bring an end to the show’s ongoing stories in crafting a final season well in advance.
Supergirl season 6 episode count: How many episodes will Supergirl season 6 be?
Unlike Arrow, which ended its run with an abbreviated 10-episode season, Supergirl season 6 will consist of 20 episodes.
While slightly shorter than the show’s typical season average of 22-episodes, 20 episodes should give the writers more than enough time to tie up loose ends while treating fans with a sizable final season. It’s also reported that the 20-episode season will be among The CW’s longer season orders for the 2020-21 season, which is a slight silver lining in wake of the cancellation news.