The first schedule is out for The CW, and there’s a lot of content that is packed in here. You have a lot of returning series, a couple of brand-new ones, and some interesting risks from top to bottom.
Let’s go ahead now and get to sharing the full schedule without delay — all times listed are Eastern Standard, for those wondering. CarterMatt will have more analysis once we get to the other side of you checking out that schedule.
8:00 – All American (new time)
9:00 – Black Lightning
8:00 – The Flash
9:00 – Arrow (new time)
8:00 – Riverdale
9:00 – Nancy Drew (new series)
8:00 – Supernatural
9:00 – Legacies
8:00 – Charmed (new time)
9:00 – Dynasty (new time)
8:00 – Batwoman (new series)
9:00 – Supergirl (new time)
The biggest takeaway here is that The CW isn’t really banking on big ratings for Monday, given that All American was almost canceled and Black Lightning didn’t exactly get a lot of great ratings through its most-recent season.
Elsewhere, it’s nice to see the network committed to giving Arrow good ratings during its final season, and them deciding that Nancy Drew is a perfect fit for Riverdale — the trailer below really gives us a lot of the same vibes. Thursdays are largely the same, and moving Charmed to Fridays does lower the overall expectations for it ratings-wise. Putting Batwoman on Sundays seems to be a pretty clear way in order to ensure that it and Supergirl get off to a great start this fall; we see the latter moving to 9:00 as a good thing, given that if Batwoman turns out to be a hit, it could get a little bit of a ratings bump in turn.
There are a number of series that are being saved until midseason — most notably Legends of Tomorrow. Some other midseason shows include The 100, Roswell, New Mexico, In the Dark, and also new series Katy Keene — the new Riverdale spin-off featuring Lucy Hale and Ashleigh Murray.
For some news about the new series…
Batwoman – Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Based on the DC Comics characters. (Starring Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Nicole Kang, Rachel Skarsten, Dougray Scott.)
Katy Keene – ‘Riverdale’ spinoff set in a timeless New York City, enchanting as Riverdale is moody, where aspiring fashion designer Katy Keene meets Josie McCoy, fresh off the bus to chase her musical dreams. Their world is populated with kindred-spirit starving artists, including mysterious socialite Pepper Smith and Broadway-bound performer Jorge Lopez – and his drag queen alter ego, Ginger. While their climb to the top is rife with obstacles, this found family will stop at nothing to see their names in lights. Based on the Archie Comics characters. (Starring Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Johnny Beauchamp, Julia Chan, Camille Hyde, Lucien Laviscount, Zane Holtz, Katherine LaNasa.)
Nancy Drew – Set in the summer after her high school graduation, when 18-year-old Nancy Drew thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college. But when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined. (Kennedy McMann, Scott Wolf, Leah Lewis, Tunji Kasim, Maddison Jaizani, Alex Saxon, Alvina August, Pamela Sue Martin.)
What do you think about the fall schedule at The CW and, in turn, what do you want to see? Be sure to share in the comments. (Photo: The CW.)