CW Delays Next Season Till 2021

CW, The Flash, Arrowverse

Flash fans are going to have to wait longer than usual to see the true end of season 6. The CW has announced at its upfront release presentation that it will begin its next season of television in January of 2021, as opposed to the fall of 2020. Returning shows will start with what would have been their last run of episodes before beginning the season proper, while new series will begin. Despite their late start, each show will have their traditional number of episodes for the next seasons, necessitating them to end in July or August rather than May. The DC Arrowverse shows will have a crossover, but it will be smaller in scale (not a bad idea after the unsatisfying mess that became of “Crisis on Infinite Earths”) and occur sometime during the first two quarters of the year. As for the fourth quarter of 2020, the CW will air the final episodes of Supernatural – which will hopefully include the two that have yet to be filmed – and several shows whose seasons have already been shot, like Swamp Thing and Dead Pixels. Of course, this is all assuming the coronavirus doesn’t have any more surprises in store. Deadline has a good rundown of what’s going on, including schedules for the end of 2020 and the new season in 2021.

I imagine this has a lot to do with the decision to keep Los Angeles closed until whatever year Star Trek takes place. Regardless, this is the sort of story that’s unexpected but not altogether surprising. TV shows have to be made, and they aren’t in the can for up to a year or so in advance like a lot of movies. Much like Disney’s updated release schedule, this is likely the best option for the CW, and yet another thing we’ll all just have to endure. Personally, I don’t have much of a stake in this anymore. Now that Arrow is gone (not with a bang or a whimper, but a kick in the teeth), The Flash is the only one of these programs I still watch, and even that has as much bad as good these days. I’m somewhat disappointed in the full seasons; I think The Flash could do with a shorter season that has less room for garbage-villain-of-the-week filler episodes and wheel-spinning to delay the progress of the main storyline. Superman & Lois holds slight appeal because of Tyler Hoechlin’s pleasing performance as the Man of Steel, but if putting him in the title is just another excuse for the CW to use him as a punching bag so the women around him can prove how stunning and brave they are, I won’t make it far past the premiere. Till then, we stalwarts will have another few months to try out some stuff on our backlists.

What do you think of the CW’s decision to delay their next season? Are you looking forward to any of their new shows? How long before Supergirl starts assaulting people for not wearing face masks? Let us know in the comments and stick around Geeks + Gamers for more TV news!

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