Fans of The CW’s Arrowverse can breath a sigh of relief: All four shows will be back in April.
Pulled from schedules because of the coronavirus outbreak and disruptions in their internal pipelines, episodes planned to air in March were held in reserve until a better picture of production realities could be assessed. And, for the moment, the network plans to get several shows on the air as early as next week with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow scheduled to return on the 21st of April — one week later than originally planned. The CW also released a handy calendar of their amended schedule:
Tonight’s episodes of Whose Line is it Anyway? and Roswell, New Mexico were already in the pipe. But the Vancouver-based shows, like Riverdale and the Arrowverse programs, were seemingly pulled indefinitely. So to know they will be back soon is cause for some joy. Of course, all face uncertain futures. For one: no show has been cleared to resume production. In the case of Supergirl, only the season finale was left to be shot. But as their schedule was accommodating for star Melissa Benoist‘s pregnancy, it seems the show — and its planned early season six production — may take a longer hiatus after the available episodes air. In the case of Supernatural, which is completely missing from this calendar, things are more precarious as this season is its last. Presumably, the final 7 episodes are being held back until production on the final two episodes can be completed.
But in all cases, there is an issue of post-production and/or visual effects to consider. Presumably, each show has found a way to complete the work to get the episodes ready for broadcast. We hope that’s the case, even if all of the shows contain weird “finales” for their seasons.