TV’s most Unconventional. Upfront. Week. Ever. continued on Thursday with the release of The CW’s heavily asterisked schedule for the 2020-21 TV season.
♦ The CW is postponing the official launch of its new season until January 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a call with reporters on Thursday, however, network boss Mark Pedowitz said there is no exact timetable for the resumption of production, acknowledging, “Certainty is a hard thing to [have] in this world.”
♦ A mix of newly acquired programming (Swamp Thing, Tell Me a Story, Coroner, Dead Pixels), delayed scripted series (Pandora, The Outpost), reality programs (Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion, Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and the anticipated seven final episodes of Supernatural (more on that here) will fill the gaping fall void.
♦ When The CW launches its official slate in January 2021, the network’s buzziest new series, Superman & Lois, will air Tuesdays-at-9 pm following The Flash.
♦ Jared Padelicki’s Walker, Texas Ranger reboot — titled Walker — will fill the traditional Supernatural perch on Thursdays-at-8 pm.
♦ As a result of leading lady Melissa Benoist’s real-life pregnancy, Supergirl will be pushed to midseason (aka probably late spring/summer). Charmed, which had been bumped to Fridays for Season 2, will return to Sunday night, occupying Supergirl’s 9 pm slot.
♦ Katy Keene‘s renewal status remains up in the air; a decision is expected in June. “We would like to see the show perform a little better [ratings-wise],” said Pedowitz. “But we have no problems creatively with it.” (Keep tabs on TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard for the latest.)
8 pm Swamp Thing
9 pm Tell Me a Story
8 pm Two Sentence Horror Stories
8:30 pm Dead Pixels
9 pm Coroner
8 pm Supernatural (Final episodes)
9 pm The Outpost
8 pm WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS
9 pm Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8 pm Masters of Illusion
9 pm Pandora
8 pm The Flash
9 pm SUPERMAN & LOIS
8 pm Riverdale
9 pm Nancy Drew
8 pm WALKER
9 pm Legacies
8 pm Penn & Teller: Fool Us (new night)
9 pm Whose Line Is it Anyway? (new time slot)
8 pm Batwoman
9 pm Charmed (new time slot)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow; Dynasty, In the Dark, KUNG FU, THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH, Roswell, New Mexico and Supergirl
The 100 and Arrow