‘Black Lightning’ Premiere Date Revealed Alongside ‘Arrow’-verse Midseason Returns

With all of the allegations behind-the-scenes in the Arrow-verse right now, it’s nice to look forward to a brand-new superhero series that’s removed from the fray. The Atlanta-based production Black Lightning is set to premiere Tuesday, January 16, following The Flash (Legends of Tomorrow will return on a new night and time in February). Black Lightning comes from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil (with Salim showrunning), and stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a super-powered dad and charter school principal who hung up his cape (so to speak) over a decade ago, given the toll it was taking on his family life. But with crime and corruption spreading in his community, it’s time for him to take up his vigilante persona again — whether he wants to or not.

As for other mid-season shows, the series premiere date for new series Life Sentence, and returning series The 100, The Orginals, and iZombie will be announced later, per The CW. Check out the full schedule of January premieres below:


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8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL (Encore)

9:00-10:00 PM VALOR (New Episode)


8:00-9:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (Encore)


8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM VALOR (New Episode)


8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM BLACK LIGHTNING (Series Premiere)


8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM DYNASTY (New Episode)


8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM ARROW (New Episode)

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8:00-9:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN (New Episode)


Here’s the official synopsis for Black Lightning:

As BLACK LIGHTNING begins, Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

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