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Kryptonian Cousins Tag Team Super Tuesdays with THE FLASH starting March 30th

Kryptonian cousins Kara Zor-El & Kal-El save Tuesday nights as DC heroes Supergirl & Superman. (Photo: The CW)

The CW's Tuesday night lineup is getting even MORE super powered thanks to a tag team approach to the 8pm timeslot by DC's Kryptonian cousins. Starting March 30th, SUPERGIRL and SUPERMAN & LOIS will share time through the spring and summer to deliver a steady stream of amazing DCTV to our screens.

Even when the kryptonite in play is COVID-19, everyone's favorite super cousins are there to lend each other a helping hand. The already renewed freshman hit SUPERMAN & LOIS is going on a hiatus due to a COVID-related production interruption earlier this season, and who better to cover for the Man of Steel than the Maiden of Might? SUPERGIRL will air for seven uninterrupted weeks before SUPERMAN & LOIS returns to the Tuesday night schedule on May 18th at 8pm.

SUPERGIRL returns after nearly a year's absence following a forced halt in production near the end of season 5 due, like so many other television series, to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring. During the hiatus, it was announced last September that the series' sixth outing would be its last. It was reported that the decision to wrap was made mutually between the producers, the studio, the network, and star Melissa Benoist, who also announced the birth of her first child with husband and SUPERGIRL co-star Chris Wood during the production break.

Benoist reflected on her journey on Instagram at the time the news of the extended, 20 episode farewell season broke.

In speaking with ET ahead of the season 6 premiere, Benoist said, "It was a massive decision, but I think as everyone was talking and we were able to step back and look at the big picture. Everyone that's involved in the show can say with certainty how proud we are, how far we've come, and what we've been able to accomplish in six years. And six years is a great run of a show. As bittersweet as it will be to say goodbye, I could not be happier with what we've created."

The series launched on CBS in the fall of 2015 before moving to The CW for the start of its second season, which also introduced SUPERMAN & LOIS star Tyler Hoechlin in the role of the Arrowverse's Clark Kent/Superman. His co-star Elizabeth Tulloch was cast and seen on screen as Lois Lane for the first time during 2018's "Elseworlds" crossover event.

Kara's final journey will be one of introspection and focus heavily on the theme of power for Supergirl and all of the Super Friends as they battle Leviathon, Lex Luthor, and other baddies during the run. "She is going to really sacrifice her life and put her life on the line to save her friends and humanity," co-showrunner Jessica Queller tells Entertainment Weekly. "That challenge, she's going to face her mortality in a way we've never done on the show. That's really the focus of the first run of seven episodes. It's life or death stakes for Kara, and it's very introspective. So, all of the soul searching and taking stock of the past six years will happen in the beginning, and then she'll put it all into play in the second half." Queller continues, ""The theme that we really decided to focus on this year is about power, and the abuse of power, and the limits of powers, and from without and within. So including not just our bad guys, which is very easy, but in terms of our heroes making decisions [because] their power is almost limitless. How [do] they decide where the line is?"

Benoist adds, "The more Kara matures, the more she's grappled with her power and what it means to carry the powers that she has on Earth and her identity as either an alien or human, or where she belongs. Those are things we're really exploring this year with her. And what makes you strong? What makes you feel empowered? Those are things we're looking at this season across the board for all the characters."

Benoist noted that with Kara, in particular, there will "be more of a self-exploration, looking in the mirror and [contemplating] what her power means." After its initial seven, SUPERGIRL's final flight of thirteen episodes will return this summer on a date TBD with faces familiar and new to wrap the adventures of the Girl of Steel in National City. "They pitched me how the series will end and how Kara's journey will wrap up on the series finale, and I could not be happier with it," she says.

In February news broke that Melissa Benoist would be staying in business with producers Warner Bros. Television, inking a multi-year overall TV deal with the indie studio and launching her own company, Three Things Productions. Under the pact, Benoist will develop and produce new projects for Warners, with a potential to star in the right project(s). Keeping her in the studio family also gives Arrowverse fans looking to one day see her return as Kara Danvers as a guest star or for potential future crossover events (once productions and the world move beyond some of the COVID restrictions) some additional hope.

SUPERMAN & LOIS fans missing content or looking to get caught up ahead of May 18th's return can take advantage of an encore presentation of the 2-hour series premiere event on Monday, April 5th. The 90-minute "Pilot" episode will air at 7pm, followed by the 30-minute behind the scenes special, SUPERMAN & LOIS: LEGACY OF HOPE at 8:30pm. Extended editions of all five of the freshman series' previously aired episodes are available on demand on The CW's free app.

SUPERGIRL's final season takes flight Tuesday, March 30th at 8pm on Milwaukee's CW18!