As I look at the planned schedule for DCU’s Original Programming in 2019, I’ve realized there may be an impending gap in our weekly fix of story-telling goodness.
When DCU started out, it was indicated (but admittedly never ‘promised’) that they wanted to give us new, original content every Friday. For the most part, they’ve kept to that, giving us Titans followed by Young Justice, followed by Doom Patrol. And Swamp Thing will begin just as soon as Doom Patrol ends.
But it has been widely reported that Swamp Thing’s first season has been shortened to ten episodes, and the show that was originally supposed to pick up immediately after it - Stargirl - has been pushed back to 2020. The second season of Titans has been announced for ‘Fall’ and the animated Harley Quinn for ‘Late Fall’.
Which leaves us with a pretty big gap to fill.
Of course, there’s still the second half of Young Justice’s third season which is currently announced to begin on July 2nd. Instead of giving us 3 - 4 episodes a week, the powers-that-be could stretch it out to one per week, giving us a 13-week run, taking us to the end of September. And if they changed to launch date to later - after Swamp Thing ends - it could make it to October or even November if they wanted.
But if we follow the same pattern as the past eight months, the tenth episode of Swamp Thing should premiere on August 2nd and the last four episodes of Young Justice would appear on July 23rd. That would leave us without new original content (except perhaps for DC Daily) for all of August and into the fall, whenever Titans S2 is scheduled.
Not trying to be alarmist. I love this service, and if there must be a gap to maintain quality, I’m all for it. But if DCU doesn’t announce some changes, I think we all may need to prepare ourselves for a month- or two-long drought in programming, though I certainly hope I’m wrong.
I can already feel the withdrawal kicking in…