The CW sure held out giving a premiere date for Stargirl for a long time, but it’s finally no longer “Spring 2020.” The tale of a perky teen and her giant magic pointy stick has been marked for May 12. On that date it will premiere at 9 PM following The Flash, and thereafter will run at 8 PM two weeks later starting May 26.
Based on the DC characters created by Geoff Johns, Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The new drama reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in an unpredictable series.
Speaking of The Flash, they’ve bumped Brandon McKnight to a regular role for next season, which means we’ll be seeing a lot more of the hyperactive tech genius Chester P. Runk — and anyone who isn’t groaning right now hasn’t been watching The Flash lately. The character is way over the top and I can’t personally take 22 episodes of him. But Ralph Dibny was also irritating in his first few appearances and found a rhythm over time, so….we hope they can tone this guy down, especially if the rumors he’s meant to replace Cisco are true.
“Oh yeah, and one minor item…..Melissa Benoist is pregnant….”
The biggest curveball of the day is one The CW has no plan for. When a pregnancy occurs for a TV actress, they usually either sideline her character for a few episodes or shoot her from the chest up in all shots, strategically blocking her stomach area with boxes and objects. Neither of these are an option here….Supergirl is the center of Supergirl, and Supergirl can fly.
Benoist is currently wrapping up her scenes for the current season, and then going on summer break. There isn’t much of a baby bump yet, but come August when production resumes, she will be bulging. What will they do? What will they dooooo?
There are two more options, neither of which are appealing. One would be to write the pregnancy into the show…nearly impossible, since Kara isn’t currently romantically linked to anyone on the bedroom level. The other would be to delay Supergirl entirely…not what fans want to hear, but it may be the only real option. Starting the new season without Supergirl herself would make no sense.
Stay tuned for further developments on this one. We have no clue what happens next.