The CW (Not-So-Quite) Upfronts

Yesterday, the CW became the first network to release their plans for the 2020-2021 season, announcing that they would return with a full slate of new programming in January due to shutdowns from the corona virus.  The late start will not impact the number of episodes, with series still producing seasons of 13 to 22 episodes, depending on the show.  That will stretch the season in to July or August, leading to a very short summer break before the 2021 fall season starts in October.  The final episodes from some shows’ current seasons, which could not finish filming because of the pandemic, will be included in their next seasons.

Monday stays the same, with All American followed by Black Lightning.  Tuesday kicks off with The Flash, followed by the latest installment of the Arrowverse, Superman & LoisRiverdale and Nancy Drew continue to hold down the fort on Wednesdays.

While Supernatural may finally be over, Jared Padalecki returns to Thursdays in Walker, a re-imaging of Walker, Texas Ranger.  The night wraps up with Legacies.  Friday goes all reality, with Penn & Teller: Fool Us followed by back-to-back episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway?  The Sunday night offerings are Batwoman and the new version of Charmed.

The network is planning a smaller version of its traditional Arrowverse crossover to air either late 1st quarter or early in the 2nd quarter of 2021.

To accommodate Melissa Benoist’s pregnancy, Supergirl gets bumped to mid-season.  Joining it are Dynasty, Roswell, New Mexico, In the Dark, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, alongside two new series: Kung Fu and The Republic of SarahSupernatural, which still had two episodes to film in its final season before the shutdown, will air its final seven episodes in the fall, alongside some usual summer and/or streaming fare.

All of this, of course, assumes that the production shutdown due to the corona virus lets up and crews can get back to work.

CBS Upfronts

Supergirl-CBSCBS once again will air a slate of Thursday night football games this fall, so many parts of their fall schedule will be delayed until November when their NFL commitment comes to an end.  Because of this, The Big Bang Theory once again moves back to Mondays to start the season.  Supergirl, the latest take on Superman’s cousin starring Melissa Benoist, takes over the 7 pm slot in November.

Limitless, based on the Bradley Cooper movie, joins the Tuesday night lineup, taking the place of Person of Interest, which is being held back until mid-season.  A new medical drama, Code Black, joins the Wednesday night staples of Survivor and Criminal Minds, whose spin-off, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, is also slated for mid-season.

Once football comes to an end, The Big Bang Theory moves back to Thursdays, leading off 2 hours of comedy topped off once again by Elementary.  Friday nights remain the same, while Sunday updates its version of the CSI franchise.

Also on the bench waiting for mid-season are The Odd Couple, 2 Broke Girls, and a dramatic version of Rush Hour, the Jackie Chan movie franchise.

Obviously, Supergirl is the big hook among the new shows.  It is disappointing to see Person of Interest not make the fall schedule, and rumors are that the network is talking to producers about wrapping up the show.