It seems all those CW cliffhangers will have to wait a little longer to be resolved.
The network announced Thursday that it has postponed its Fall 2020 season entirely. Returning shows like Batwoman and Riverdale will resume broadcast in 2021. Production on these shows may resume substantially earlier, though. To fill the gap, a number of recently announced acquisitions like DC Universe’s Swamp Thing — and the final episodes of Supernatural — will fill in for the usual Fall fare.
When the season properly begins in January, the new series Superman & Lois will join The Flash on Tuesday nights with Black Lightning, Riverdale, and Batwoman all retaining their usual dates and times. Supergirl will join Legends of Tomorrow in the mid-season (projected by TVLine to be late spring/early summer 2021) as the COVID-19 outbreak prevented an opportunity to bank Season 6 episodes; allowing the show to air despite Melissa Benoist‘s pregnancy and presumed leave. Charmed will take its place in January. Jared Padalecki‘s Walker reboot will air on Thursdays.
It is currently unclear if the late start means shows with 22-episode seasons will maintain those order or truncate to 13 episodes. Though there are some rumblings indicating shows like The Flash will still be their traditional length. Although, shorter seasons of The Flash and Batwoman may be creatively advantageous. As we’re fond of mentioning, look at how Legends maintains its pace across 15 episodes.
And because of the delayed start to the season, the Arrowverse crossover will be a two-hour event stretching from Batwoman to Superman, according to TV Guide. Although, a smaller-scale crossover was something the individual showrunners said was in the cards back in December.
Curiously, decisions on Katy Keene and Green Arrow and the Canaries have not been made. In regards to the former, CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters (via TVLine), “We would like to see the show perform a little better … but we have no problems creatively with it.” Its season finale airs tonight. And as for the latter? Silence suggests the potential Arrow spinoff may not happen. With Supergirl joining mid-season shows like Legends, Roswell New Mexico, In the Dark, and new shows Kung Fu and The Republic of Sarah, there may not be enough time in the schedule to give it a try. Then again, a double-dose of Who’s Line Is It Anyway? on Fridays in January suggests there may yet be room for the series.
In the meantime, here’s the full January 2021 schedule per The CW:
8:00-9:00PM All American
9:00-10:00PM Black Lightning
8:00-9:00PM The Flash
9:00-10:00PM Superman & Lois (New Series)
9:00-10:00PM Nancy Drew
8:00-9:00PM Walker (New Series)
8:00-9:00PM Penn & Teller Fool Us (New Night)
9:00-9:30PM Whose Line Is It Anyway? (New Night)
9:30-10:00PM Whose Line Is It Anyway? (New Night)
9:00-10:00PM Charmed (New Night)