Laura Benanti Exits ‘Supergirl’; CW Recasts Role


Laura Benanti is saying goodbye to the CW’s “Supergirl.”

“Smallville” alum Erica Durance has been cast to take over Benanti’s role as Alura for the upcoming season. Benanti had played Alura since Season 1, when the show debuted on CBS.

“Unfortunately Laura, who Greg and I have worked with for years going back to ‘Eli Stone,’ was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in New York,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said. “But we are so blessed that Erica has come aboard to offer her own interpretation of Kara’s mother. We had tremendous success with a former Lois Lane last season with Teri Hatcher. We know Erica will continue the proud tradition of legacy actors joining our shows and creating new and exciting takes on classic DC characters.”


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Durance is best known for playing Lois Lane for six years on “Smallville,” and also recently wrapped up five seasons as the star of “Saving Hope.”

“Supergirl” casting has been ramping up ahead of the show’s third season premiere. In May, it was announced that Odette Annable was cast as Reign, the season’s villain.

“Supergirl’s” third season is set to premiere on Monday, Oct. 9 on the CW.

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  1. Eric says:

    I started watching because the Super universe has always been entertaining….until the writers of Supergirl insisted on injecting their political opinions into the scripts. It became so tiresome I had to leave.

  2. Paula Stiles says:

    Um…the first part of this news seems a bit late. Benanti has been gone since Astra was killed off in season one (also the last time we saw the Alura AI that used to give Kara info on her home planet). She left Supergirl about the same time she left Nashville. As I recall, she said she wanted to focus more on doing theater.

    I’ll miss her (she was good in both roles), but I’m glad to hear the role has been recast.

    This is also a huge spoiler, since Alura has been dead since before the series began. If the role is being recast, and recast as Alura, that probably means Kara’s mom is not exactly dead (or is about to come back from the dead) and will be recurring in season three.

    • Crofton says:

      You’ve overlooked that Laura showed up in Episode 3 of this past season, as the Alura hologram one more time. So had Laura continued for season 3 coming up, there’s no reason to assume it would’ve been in any capacity other than as the hologram again. The only exception to that would be if somehow Aunt Astra is resuscitated from the dead. Erica Durance coming aboard doesn’t really tell us anything about how she’ll be utilized, either.

  3. Late Nite TV Fan says:

    Dear Ms. Benanti: More “Melania” on The Late Show, please! You’re fabulous!!!

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