Supergirl Season 5 Finale filming in Coal Harbour with lots of cast including Melissa Benoist
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I caught up with Supergirl shooting in part of downtown Vancouver called Coal Harbour. On this day they were filming a few scenes for the season 5 finale. Unfortunately I did not get to the first couple, as this information snuck up on everyone and we didnt really find out about it till the early afternoon. By the time I got there, they were on the 2nd to last of several locations they were shooting in the area that day.
The first scene I came across had several cast in a scene. Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Nicole Maines as Dreamer, Jesse Rath as Brainiac 5 (looks a bit different than I recall), Sharon Leal as Miss Martian, and the stand in for Chyler Leigh was in the scene too in some type of black & blue hooded outfit (anyone seen her wearing that before?).
The scene had this group of heroes walking thru a mob on a plaza. They get to the front, and seem happy about something. People are seemingly cheering, but there also was at least a couple background who looked up were acting angry, including 1 walking away giving a thumbs down to whatever was going on. No other context of the scene really is known. That was it.
After that scene wrapped, they went on lunch & moved on to their next scene across the street..
The last location of the day was in a childrens park. This location saw several cast at it.
Melissa Benoist was on set as Kara Danvers, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, David Harewood as J'onn J'onzz, Jesse Rath as Querl Dox, Nicole Maines as Nia Nal, as well as returning guest star Sharon Leal as M'gann M'orzz. Also on set was Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, but he was not shooting (at least while I was there) on camera. This usually means the actor is needed to simply speak a piece of dialogue needed in the scene.
From what I could see of the scene, it seemed the cast were hanging around this bench, seemingly having a good time, as there was a lot of laughing while the camera was rolling. Then suddenly something catches their attention, and they all look up a bit. I never heard any dialogue for the scene, but their fun loving nature from moments earlier seemed to change into a more serious look. I know the direction they looked is where Jon was standing off camera, so perhaps it was something to do with Lex? But I cant say. In some of the scenes you might see bubbles on screen, this is because they had a child playing with a bubble blower throughout the scene, while another was playing soccer with a "dad".
This was, from what anyone could recall, the first on location shoot Supergirl had done, and more notably Melissa, since her pregnancy announcement. The earlier filming had her in her Supergirl costume, but because of the sheer density of the crowd, theres no photos of her full frame to see if she is well in, or not. The evening shoot, she was bundled in a heavy jacket to hide any ideas on that.
After an hour or so of shooting that scene, the cast headed off. Katie and David stopped to meet fans. Earlier in the day Jesse came over to a fence that was splitting the sidewalk and the property they were on to come and say him. They all appeared to be in good spirits despite while they were working the news came out that Riverdale, which shares a studio with Supergirl was shutting down production early because of a possible COVID-19 issue. Katie even referenced she was hesitant to give a fan a hug as she was worried she could give them the disease. Whether that was a thought on her mind prior to the news, or not, I dont know. But she eventually did give the hugs after all.
From what it sounded like from the crew I chatted with, this is probably the last exterior shoot of the season. At this time, I believe there is no plans to shut down production for their show, despite sharing a studio with Riverdale. Filming for Supergirl season 5 is scheduled to wrap March 17. So they just have a few days to try and get through this.
I also have some video of the scene, but it wont be up for a little while, as I have a lot of other projects that I am working on. Perhaps by next week I will have it on Patreon, and by the end of the month on Youtube.
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Supergirl season 5 is on Sunday nights on The CW in the U.S. and on Showcase in Canada.
Supergirl season 5 is only 20 episodes. A video breaking down most probable reasons for this reduction.
APOLOGIES IF YOU CAME THE OTHER DAY AND DID NOT SEE A VIDEO - I had to remove it temporarily, as Youtube had deemed it not ad friendly, due to me talking about COVID-19 in it. I had to remove that whole piece, now its OK'ed.... so I can put it back up.
Since I had to remove that part, I will add a breakdown of what I said in here. So, watch the video, then read on below, or vice-a-versa.
If you have been paying attention to the Supergirl fandom for a while, you might have heard rumblings for a few months about the possibility that Supergirl would only be 20 episodes in season 5.
Well, till recently, they were just rumours. But now, confirmation has come in the way of their production schedule being reduced by almost a month. While the decision for this change was surely done a while ago, it is now just public knowledge, as these things usually are not made public till late in a production (usually its for a time extension. Not too common it is a reduction).
Will the new Superman & Lois have any impact on it? Did Melissa Benoist get a new role on a different project? Has the threat of COVID-19 caused things to wrap early (had to remove that part.... so its right here in the next paragraph)?
Since the new pandemic COVID-19 (more commonly known as the "coronavirus" which is misleading a bit, since theres many strains of Coronavirus, but COVID-19 is this specific strain) has become such a notable thing. Especially here in Vancouver where 9 cases of it have been reported in the last month, and right across the border from us in Washington State they have had 9 deaths from it. People are wondering if the panic about this virus is to blame for the quick end. No. Plain and simply, it is not. This was planned long before this was even a thing anyone had heard of. On top of that, the likelyhood ANY current crews would stop for it is low. The cause for concern would have to skyrocket, and quick, for that to happen as most projects have 4 to 5 weeks left of filming. Now COULD it have an impact come next seasons filming? Maybe. If things get notably worse between here and late June, there absolutely could be enough concern to delay filming till the pandemic has become greatly minimized. But that is an issue they will not think about till closer to the time of filming for that. As for this season, barring it hitting a specific crew hard (not talking 1 or 2 cases, but enough that work cant be done), it is very unlikely they would halt production this close to the end of season.
In the video below, I break down the most likely reason, and debunk some of the most discussed rumours that have popped up about it.
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