The CW delays new season to 2021 due to coronavirus crisis

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 p.m. following “The Flash.”

Jared Padelicki’s “Walker, Texas Ranger” reboot — titled “Walker” — will fill the traditional “Supernatural” perch on Thursdays at 8 p.m.

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 p.m. 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.)

Fall 2020 schedule:

MONDAY
8 p.m. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
8:30 p.m. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
9 p.m. “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”

TUESDAY
8 p.m. “Swamp Thing”
9 p.m. “Tell Me a Story”

WEDNESDAY
8 p.m. “Two Sentence Horror Stories”
8:30 p.m. “Dead Pixels”
9 p.m. “Coroner”

THURSDAY
8 p.m. “Supernatural “(Final episodes)
9 p.m. “The Outpost”

FRIDAY
8 p.m. “World’s Funniest Animals”
9 p.m. “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”

SUNDAY
8 p.m. “Masters of Illusion”
9 p.m. “Pandora”

January 2021 schedule:

MONDAY
8 p.m. “All American”
9 p.m. “Black Lightning”

TUESDAY
8 p.m. “The Flash”
9 p.m. “Superman & Lois”

WEDNESDAY
8 p.m. “Riverdale ”
9 p.m. “Nancy Drew”

THURSDAY
8 p.m. “WALKER”
9 p.m. “Legacies”

FRIDAY
8 p.m. “Penn & Teller: Fool Us “(new night)
9 p.m. “Whose Line Is it Anyway? “(new time slot)

SUNDAY
8 p.m. “Batwoman”
9 p.m. “Charmed” (new time slot)

Held for midseason:

“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Dynasty,” “In the Dark,” “Kung Fu,” “The Republic of Sarah,’ “Roswell, New Mexico” and “Supergirl”

Previously canceled:

“The 100” and “Arrow”

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