The CW is losing another DC TV show as Stargirl season 3 will be the last season. While the Arrowverse has been one of the flagship franchises for The CW since 2012, Greg Berlanti’s interconnected universe has been facing a change to its status quo in 2022. In previous years, the DC TV shows have always been part of The CW’s strategy, as they have continued to be renewed season after season. But when reports emerged in early 2022 that WarnerMedia and Paramount were looking to sell majority ownership of The CW, that was the beginning of the massive shake-up as both Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman, along with Naomi, were canceled this spring.
While The Flash and Superman & Lois are set to return in 2023, Stargirl has been keeping the Arrowverse slate going this fall, as season 3 premiered a few months ago. Starring Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore, Stargirl has focused on the teenage hero and a new generation of the iconic DC Comics team, the Justice Society of America, while being one of the network’s most well-received DC TV shows. While not a traditional Arrowverse spinoff, Stargirl is adjacent to the franchise by taking place on a new version of Earth-2, which was created via Crisis on Infinite Earths. Given The CW’s massive cancellations, there have been concerns about whether or not Stargirl season 4 would even happen, especially as the series was getting closer to the end of season 3.
With only a couple of episodes left to air, The CW has decided Stargirl’s fate, as Deadline reports that the show will officially end with season 3. The series finale will officially air on Wednesday, December 7, witg Stargirl season 3, episode 13. According to the trade, the creative team had received a heads-up early on that this could be the final season, allowing them to craft a finale that could also wrap up the series if it were not to get picked up for season 4, with the Nexstar executives reportedly being the ones to have made the ultimate call. Stargirl creator and showrunner Geoff Johns said the following about the show coming to an end:
With The Flash season 9 and Superman & Lois season 3, as well as the new Gotham Knights series, the 2022-2023 TV season will be the smallest line-up for The CW’s DC TV brand in its entire history. Nexstar has made it clear early on that superhero shows are not necessarily going to be part of The CW’s strategy any further, as they are shifting focus in their target demographics. Currently, there is no word on Superman & Lois’ future after season 3, and since Gotham Knights have yet to premiere, it’s too soon to tell if they will get a season 2 pick-up. But given the trajectory of the network in 2022, the Arrowverse and the DC TV era on The CW are essentially on their last legs.
Even though it’s disappointing that Stargirl season 3 will be the show’s last one, it’s at least a comfort to know that the series finale was constructed in a way that will allow the show to wrap up its run without too many dangling cliffhangers. That was one of the big issues with the Legends of Tomorrow season 7 finale, as the Arrowverse drama ended on perhaps the show’s biggest cliffhanger of all time before the series was officially canceled, leaving the fate of those characters up in the air. As Stargirl season 3 finishes its run in December on The CW, it’s definitely the end of an era for the network and one of its primary franchises.
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