Legends of Tomorrow finally has a return date: February 12th. But in order to return, it will put Supergirl on hiatus.
Deadline reports the two shows will share the Monday 9PM timeslot, with new episodes of Supergirl running from January 15th until Legends‘s new start date the next month. Legends will then run in the slot until April 9th. The following week, Supergirl will resume its traditional Monday night spot until its season ends on June 18th.
An unusual situation to be sure. Legends cleared the way for Black Lightning to assume the Tuesday 9PM slot; positioning it for success as The Flash‘s lead out. But with The CW’s current attempt to diversify its offerings beyond superhero shows — Valor and Dynasty, for example — the move left Legends in a strange position. One might wonder if, perhaps, this is the show’s final season. Original cast members Franz Drameh and Victor Garber recently left the series even as it tempted back Wentworth Miller for what he called his “final” appearances as Leonard Snart.
Alternatively, switching shows in this way extends new TV offerings for the network and could create an interesting narrative structure for Supergirl.
I am a fan of both shows, but an extended Supergirl hiatus will be tough to stomach, even if Legends has been the most entertaining the most entertaining show this season.
Legends of Tomorrow returns February 12th.