The last of the major broadcast networks revealed their fall schedule today. The CW, a.k.a. the show where I watch the highest percentage of their lineup, rolled out their preview. Since they renewed every single one of their shows that hadn’t already been announced as ending (RIP iZombie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Jane the Virgin), it looks a lot like last year. However, they did a ton of shifting around. Here’s how it shakes out.
The fifth entry in the Arrowverse lineup will kick off a night of female-based superhero shows with Supergirl following. Supergirl was already airing on Sundays in the 7:00 hour, so will just move back an hour. Personally, I would have kept Supergirl at 7:00 and put Batwoman at 8:00. I’m expecting Batwoman to be a little bit grittier and darker than Supergirl, so think it would benefit from the later time slot. I was already planning on skipping Batwoman. I’m thrilled Ruby Rose is in the lead role and think it’ll be a great chance for a different take on the story. However, I really hate everything to do with Batman and his universe. The trailer looks like it is going to be perfect for people who do enjoy that particular series. I’m just not among them.
7:00 All American
8:00 Black Lightning
At first, I thought this was a really weird attempt to just pair the two “Black” shows together, even though they don’t have anything else in common. As I thought more about it, this does make a lot of sense. Both shows deal a lot with issues of alienation and the problems of the “inner city.” All American is the most “WB” show of the lineup, in that it reminds me of old-school WB shows like Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, etc. But with some of The OC mixed in to it. I really enjoyed the first season. I’ll be very interested to see if this pairing works. I don’t think having All American after Riverdale this year helped it very much, so this could be a great move for it. I don’t know if I’m sticking around for Black Lightning’s third season because I was just getting bored with it. This is probably the night of television on a network I am most interested in seeing the results.
7:00 The Flash
Tuesday is going to continue to be the biggest night for The CW. The Flash is their highest-rated show. They’re reuniting it with its flagship show, Arrow, which is going into its final season. They’re teeing things up for their epic crossover event ever. Tuesday is going to be as close to a blockbuster night as The CW ever gets. This pairing is the easiest call of the network. It’s going to be interesting to see what they put in this spot after Arrow ends at midseason because that will be a major show of confidence from the network.
8:00 Nancy Drew
This pairing was also very much a no-brainer. Riverdale is such a weird little show in that it’s very Twins Peaks-y. I both love and hate the show. I scream at the television at least once an episode about how they’re supposed to be juniors in high school, but they’re investigating cults, running underground speakeasies, or owning their own gym. I’m not going to stop watching the show ever. The trailer for Nancy Drew shows this is going to be a nearly perfect pairing. There have been a lot of attempts at Nancy Drew properties (television and movies) in recent years, but I think this one might actually last. It’s a newer take that seems to be staying true to its roots. I’m on board for the entire night here.
This is the sole night that is completely untouched. Supernatural is going into its fifteenth and final season, so I would expect ratings to go up slightly. Legacies continues The Vampire Diaries brand, which is really important to the CW. Leaving it behind Supernatural shows they want to continue to give it a chance to grow.
Friday continues to be their “miscellaneous” night. Charmed and Dynasty are both very low-rated and most people who do watch don’t do it live. I don’t think this is a great show of confidence for Charmed, but we’ll see. The CW is probably the best network for letting shows complete their story. It’s how Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend lasted five years and four years, respectively. Charmed is the same creator as Jane the Virgin, so that’s a huge point in its favor. I don’t really know why Dynasty is still on, but they want to continue their story. I watch so many of the CW shows because I know they’re willing to give shows a chance.
Coming at midseason: The 100, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, In the Dark, Katy Keene, Roswell New Mexico
My Final Fall Broadcast Schedule:
Monday: 9-1-1, All American, Prodigal Son, The Good Doctor
Tuesday: The Flash, The Resident, Empire, black-ish, New Amsterdam
Wednesday: Riverdale, Modern Family, Not Just Me, Nancy Drew, Single Parents
Thursday: Superstore, Grey’s Anatomy, Perfect Harmony, The Unicorn, The Good Place, A Million Little Things, Sunnyside, How to Get Away with Murder, Evil
Friday: Fresh Off the Boat