One of the biggest questions about the 2016 fall schedule was obviously where Supergirl was going to land after being sent to CW land (a.k.a. Vancouver, away from sunny L.A. and CBS’s big money). CW smartly decided to keep it right where it was: on Monday nights. Networks often underestimate the impact of shifting their series around. Yes live TV viewing numbers aren’t what they used to be, but there’s something to be said still for the expectation of new episodes. Numbers tend to dip dramatically after a shift during the season.
As was also announced today, The CW is keeping its other superhero roster exactly where it has been before: The Flash will remain on Tuesdays, Arrow on Wednesdays, and mid-season newcomer Legends of Tomorrow will return in the fall on Thursdays. Flash and Arrow, the network’s most-watched series, will be launching new series No Tomorrow* and Frequency respectively (*is it wise to have a show called No Tomorrow airing 48 hours before another show called Legends of Tomorrow?)
For what it’s worth, No Tomorrow sounds a bit like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend … but without the elements that make that show quirky fun. According to the CW,
“Evie Callahan (Tori Anderson), a risk-averse quality-control assessor, appreciates order. Whenever she’s making a list, “make a list” is both the first thing on it and the first thing crossed off. Such a regimented life has its drawbacks. Her on-again/off-again romance with the sweet, but soft-spoken Timothy (Jesse Rath) has sputtered out. Her career has stalled. Her boss, Deirdre (Amy Pietz), a petty tyrant with breath that could kill a plant, laughs off her ambitions. Then Evie meets charming, free-spirited Xavier Holliday (Joshua Sasse), and the attraction is immediate and electric. He brings a jolt of joyful, rollicking romance into her life. Xavier encourages Evie to carpe that diem, because it’s more fun that way and because, well, the apocalypse is, you know, nigh. He believes humankind has a mere eight months and twelve days until a runaway asteroid smacks us all into stardust. That’s why he made an Apocalyst – a tally of every last thing he wants to do before the world goes kaput. So with the help of her friends – Hank (Jonathan Langdon), a diehard conspiracy theorist, and Kareema (Sarayu Blue), a droll nihilist – Evie must decide whether Xavier is certifiable and whether that even matters, if being with him means living her life more fully. ”
As for Frequency, there are some light police procedural aspects — with a supernatural twist, of course:
“Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone. Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar), who has now risen to Deputy Chief of Police. Frank’s former partner, Lieutenant Satch Reyna (Mekhi Phifer), is now Raimy’s mentor and friend, and he has urged her to let go of the hurt and anger she still feels about Frank’s disappearance and death, but the old pain still lingers. Raimy can barely bring herself to discuss Frank, even with her devoted boyfriend, Daniel (Daniel Bonjour), or her childhood friend, Gordo (Lenny Jacobson). Now, twenty years later, Raimy is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father’s old, long-broken ham radio – it’s Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996. They’re both shocked and confused, but Raimy shakes Frank to the core when she warns him that the secret sting he is undertaking will lead to his death. Armed with that knowledge, Frank survives the attempt on his life. But changing history has dramatically affected Raimy’s life in the present – and there have been tragic consequences. Separated by twenty years, father and daughter have reunited on a frequency only they can hear, but can they rewrite the story of their lives without risking everyone they love? FREQUENCY”
As for returning shows, Legends of Tomorrow will now lead into Supernatural, which has moved from Wednesdays (it almost never ends up in the same slot — fans will follow it anywhere!) The most interesting shift is probably Crazy Ex-Girlfriend moving to Fridays after The Vampire Diaries … so where is The Originals? It’s been pushed to mid-season now, along with mid-season regulars The 100, iZombie, Reign, and the new series Riverdale.
Rotating back over to Monday, Supergirl will also lead into to Jane the Virgin, breaking up the CW’s comedy night on Mondays, but keeping its lighter tone nevertheless. Still, it will be interesting to see if Supergirl goes a little darker (it will have to a little bit given Vancouver’s weather vs. L.A.)
Stay tuned for an update coming later about how Supergirl will fit into the Berlanti-verse on the CW, even though The Flash established that she exists in an alternate reality … and let us know what you think about the schedule swaps and new series.