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.

Midseason Review – Tuesdays

old-tv-set1Today we hit the midway point in our look back at the offerings for the new fall season.

7:00

The Connors – Following last spring’s Twitter meltdown by Roseanne Barr and the cancellation of the reboot of Roseanne, the show moves on without her.  Will it be worth watching?  I’m honestly not sure.

You know, if this were a new show debuting in the here and now, I’m not sure I’d be watching.

The Flash – The gang returns for the fifth season.

Bringing Jessica Kennedy Parker onboard has given Barry and Iris a child without the problems that usually entails.

The Gifted – The series about Marvel’s mutants returns for a second season.  I still need to finish the first.

Yeah, I don’t know if or when I’ll get back to this.

8:00

Black-ish – For its fifth season, the show moves on without creator Kenya Barris.

The show is hanging on, but is starting to show signs of wear.

FBI – Missy Peregrym and Jeremy Sisto are FBI agents trying to keep New York safe.

I made it through a couple of episodes, but I didn’t see anything special here.

This Is Us – The emotionally manipulative hit is back for a third season, assuming I ever go back and finish the previous one.

I still need to catch up on this one.

Black Lightning – The Pierce family returns for their second season, which I will be happy to watch once I get done with season one.

This one too

8:30

Splitting Up Together – After a successful run last spring, the show, starring Oliver Hudson and Jenna Fischer, returns for another go-around.

It is amusing, mostly due to Fischer, but nothing particularly special.

9:00

The RookieCastle alum Nathan Fillion re-teams with his former EP for this tale about the oldest rookie police officer in the LAPD.

I haven’t gotten around to watching this yet, but the episodes are piling up on the DVR.

Now for some new entries coming this spring:

Roswell, New Mexico – The CW brings back another reboot of a WB show, making Liz and the aliens adults this time around.  I watched the first episode and didn’t see much of a need to continue.

The CW Upfronts

With more shows than spots on the schedule, the CW has finally decided to expand to a 6th night of programming for the first time in 9 years.  Monday gets a brand new look, with Legends of Tomorrow followed by Arrow.  Tuesday remains the same, with the Flash and Black Lightning offering up the second straight night of a double dose of the DC universe.  All American, about a high school football player who moves from Compton to Beverly Hills, follows Riverdale on Wednesdays.

Supernatural returns to Thursday for its 40th season, and will be followed by Legacies, about the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.  Friday has Dynasty and the final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  The Sunday night offerings are Supergirl and a new version of Charmed, without any of the Halliwell sisters.

The final seasons of Jane The Virgin and iZombie, along with The 100, are on the bench for mid-season.  New shows on tap are In The Dark, about a blind woman trying to get by in the world, and Roswell, New Mexico, a reboot of the former WB and UPN series.

Lost to the sands of time are Hooten & The Lady, Life SentenceThe Originals, Reign, and Valor.