Sometimes, being the symbol of hope means waiting another week.
The CW announced another change to Supergirl‘s Spring return date; the program will now air new episodes starting May 3rd. The network did not give a reason why the series will return one week later than planned. But considering its own behind-the-scenes production situation before the COVID-19 outbreak, it is possible the show’s fifth season will be cut much shorter than its fellow Arrowverse cousins.
Reportedly, the show accelerated production to accommodate star Melissa Benoist‘s pregnancy. The reports also suggested a plan to shoot some early Season 6 episodes in May to give Benoist the longest possible maternity leave come summer and Fall. But with it clear that production will not resume before May, it seems unlikely any season six filming will commence until after her leave. If that is the case, some Season 5 episodes may be held back for the Fall.
Of course, that is just speculation. The series was reportedly set to shoot the fifth season finale just before the outbreak forced a production shutdown. But with post-production work also slowed, it is possible that change of workflow also slowed Supergirl’s return.
Either way, new episodes will be coming May 3rd, and, at least for a little while, we can enjoy a few more hours with Kara (Benoist) and her family.