The CW has confirmed that their returning seasons and new shows will not debut until January due to the COVID-19 crisis. According to The Hollywood Reporter it’s a step the network has taken to “corona-proof its fall schedule.”
So what does that entail? Well, according to the report, The CW “will turn to acquired series, including Swamp Thing and Tell Me a Story to program in the fourth quarter. Supernatural will be the lone series that needs to return to production to launch in the fourth quarter, as it has seven remaining episodes of its final season yet to air, two of which still need to be filmed.” Other programming fans can expect to see in fall 2020 are shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, World’s Funniest Animals, Two Sentence Horror Stories, Dead Pixels, Coroner, and The Outpost.
The shows that will be returning or debuting in January when the “new season” officially begins include The Flash, Superman & Lois, the Walker Texas Ranger reboot Walker, Charmed, and Batwoman. The channel’s new midseason will begin later in the year with Supergirl and new shows Kung Fu and The Republic of Sarah. Returning midseason series include Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, In the Dark, and Roswell, New Mexico. If you’re wondering why any of this is happening, it’s because production has been halted. The coronavirus has thrown the industry into disarray and this gives The CW time to make its shows.
TVLine reported another interesting twist: the big CW superhero crossover will be much smaller. “It will be a smaller event than usual,” Chairman & CEO Mark Pedowitz shared. “We’re only planning a two-hour event. We’re talking about doing Superman [& Lois] and Batwoman together, with a lot of characters coming [in] from our other shows.”
This is all very interesting. We’re seeing the first glimpses of how TV and entertainment will change in a post-coronavirus world. It’s great that The CW is focusing on a healthy and sustainable way to make their shows. And we can’t wait for our faves to return.
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