Supergirl will be saying good-bye to a longtime cast member in season five.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Mehcad Brooks, who has been playing James Olsen since season one, will exit the series in the front half of its fifth season. Brooks is exiting on his own accord and with nothing but best wishes from cast and crew. Currently, the actor-musician is writing a book. He also wants to focus on feature films and developing a television series that he would star in.
The exit will happen in a way that Brooks will be able to return for guest spots, should he desire. Other than that, we don’t know the details on his exit.
James Olsen, Superman’s best pal, moved to National City in season one to work as the Art Director at Catco. He ascended to the CEO spot following Cat Grant’s (Calista Flockhart) exit in season two. He also became the superhero known as Guardian for which he was outed in season three. Also, in the series, he dated Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath).
Co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller said on Brooks’ departure.
“We love Mehcad and we’re sad to see him leave the show as a series regular, but we’re excited for both Mehcad and James Olsen’s future. He’ll always be a part of our Supergirl family and we look forward to James returning to National City at some point to visit his sister and his super friends.”
This comes after the news that former series regular Jeremy Jordan will reprise his role as Winn Schott in the back-half of season five. Even though James Olsen will be leaving, his sister Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai) will stay in National City.
Supergirl returns on Sunday, October 6th at 9/8c on the CW.
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