After The TV Bloodbath, Part 5 – New Shows at The CW

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19 May 16

Given that The CW basically recommissioned nearly all their shows this season, and gained Supergirl from CBS, that really didn’t leave much room for new content to air. However, they did pick up a couple of things that might be of interest to residents of Geektown.

As I said at the start of the article, Supergirl will be switching networks from CBS to The CW next season. This really makes a lot of sense, as it saves a ton of money, and will make it much easier to fold her into the rest of the Berlanti-verse. They have now confirmed shooting for Supergirl will move from LA to join Flash, Arrow and Legends in Vancouver. This may mean a little less Cat Grant next season, as Calista Flockhart isn’t overly keen on spending months at a time away from home… and, lets face it, if you were married to Harrison Ford, I’m sure you wouldn’t either! The suggestion is, she would fly up for a few days at a time to shoot her scenes in blocks, which may require them to tweak Cat’s story. They have also confirmed there will be a 4-way crossover next season between all of the superhero Berlanti-verse shows!

That’s not the end for Greg Berlanti on the network though, as Riverdale was also picked up, and will arrive ‘mid-season’ (which means Feb/March 2017). This is a new twist on the classic American comic Archie. Whilst the source material is rather more Beano in style than the DC Comic adaptations we’re used to, as you’d expect from Berlanti, the tv show will be far more subversive.

Archie (KJ Apa – Shortland Street), returns to school after a summer working construction, looking rather more buff than when he left. This has drawn the interest of a number of the girls, including Betty (Lili Reinhart – Surviving Jack), and Veronica (Camila Mendes). The show may at first just seem like a teen drama set in ‘small-town USA’, however, it appears there is something rather more dark and weird bubbling under the wholesome façade… One comment described the show as playing like a “cross between Gossip Girl and Twin Peaks”, so expect a certain amount of strangeness to ensue!

No Tomorrow stars Tori Anderson (Open Heart) as a risk-averse quality-control assessor at an Amazon style warehouse. She meets, and falls for, Xavier Holliday (Joshua Sasse – Galavant) who is convinced the world will end in 8 months. This leads them to ‘seize the day’, and go on a journey to complete their bucket lists before the (alleged) end of the world.

Frequency is Reimagining of the 2000 film starring Dennis Quaid & Jim Caviezel. This version stars Peyton List (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) as Rami Sullivan, a police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak, via a ham radio, with her estranged father Frank (Riley Smith –  Nashville, True Blood) who died in 1996. Rami & Frank (also a police detective) forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the ‘butterfly effect’ wreak havoc in the present day.