Bad news for Arrowverse fans. The next season won’t begin in the fall as normal. Instead, thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, the shows will begin in January. At this rate, 2020 is a wrap for fun entertainment so we might as well just hit the FF button anyway. On the plus side that should allow me to finally catch up on shows I need to finish recapping…possibly.
Superman & Lois is the biggest addition with an original episode count of 13 episodes. It will be paired with The Flash for what should be a major night of TV for The CW on Tuesdays. The Flash still has the lead off position while Superman & Lois will air at 9 p.m.
Here’s the show synopsis:
SUPERMAN & LOIS — In SUPERMAN & LOIS, after years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the world’s most famous superhero, The Man of Steel aka Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin, “Teen Wolf”) and comic books’ most famous journalist, Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch, “Grimm”), come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever – dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society. Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois must also concern themselves with whether or not their sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass, “Little Fires Everywhere”) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin, “The Peanuts Movie”) could inherit their father’s Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older.
Returning to Smallville to handle some Kent family business, Clark and Lois are reacquainted with Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui, “Entourage”), a local loan officer who also happens to be Clark’s first love, and her Fire Chief husband Kyle Cushing (Erik Valdez, “Graceland”). The adults aren’t the only ones rediscovering old friendships in Smallville as the Kent sons are reacquainted with Lana and Kyle’s rebellious daughter, Sarah (Inde Navarrette, “Wander Darkly”). Of course, there’s never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, especially with Lois’ father, General Samuel Lane (Dylan Walsh, “Nip/Tuck”) looking for Superman to vanquish a villain or save the day at a moment’s notice. Meanwhile, Superman and Lois’ return to idyllic Smallville is set to be upended when a mysterious stranger (Wolé Parks, “All American”) enters their lives.
Supergirl is noticeably off the schedule while star Melissa Benoist is away due to her pregnancy. The timing of COVID-19 has sucked for a million things, but it actually coincided nicely with Benoist needing to step away from the series anyway. Without a Superman show, Supergirl probably could have been fine if it adapted The Death of Superman storyline with four replacement Supergirls.
Also missing is the Green Arrow and The Canaries spin-off, but that might be a summer/mid-season fill-in to continue a yearlong Arrowverse along with Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.
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Black Lightning moves to Monday to follow All-American. By January, I fully expect to be caught up and able to review them in real time again.
Batwoman stays on Sundays at its regular 8 p.m. time slot.
After Crisis on Infinite Earths it was going to be hard for The Arrowverse (which really needs a new name now) to top that so The CW is scaling back the scope with a planned Superman & Lois/Batwoman crossover, according to Deadline.
Just because it only will be a two-hour crossover, CW CEO Mark Pedowitz did hint that there will be a lot of characters coming from other shows. Hard to imagine The Flash not showing up for that one since he’s been a fixture of the crossovers.
And it would be nice to see the rest of the Justice League (Black Lightning, Martian Manhunter and maybe Green Arrow) showing up as well.