So as many of you already now, the real world is being more real world than usual. That’s causing problems for basically everybody, but specifically for the TV world and even more specifically for traditional networks.
One network that’s dealing with this is The CW. You know, that one network with a massive fleet of superhero shows all filming in Vancouver (except one). Well, that one show that isn’t filming in Vancouver just finished its season a while ago, so they have nothing to worry about.
Everybody else, however…
That one’s a bit more complicated, but that’s why I’m here.
Let’s start with The CW’s Spring schedule, which looks something like this (apologies for the low-res quality):
For anyone who doesn’t like clicking on low-res images of TV air dates, I’ll go ahead and list them as follows:
Batwoman and Supergirl return with new episodes on April 26. The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow return with new episodes on April 21.
But there’s a catch.
Most of these shows were either an episode away from their season finale or a few episodes away from their season finale when production crews were told to stop working.
What does that mean?
It means that The CW, unless they state otherwise, has officially been given the go-ahead to air the remaining, completed episodes of those shows until they run out.
So unless my information is incorrect, the current seasons of The Flash, Supergirl, and Batwoman will effectively ‘end’ when the last completed episodes air in May.
There is one surprising exception to this, and that’s Legends of Tomorrow. According to producer Marc Guggenheim, the show wrapped filming on its current season in February and their post-production team is steadily finishing episodes at home.
This strategy for the shows also explains why Stargirl, a DC Universe/CW co-production, will be premiering a little later that previously scheduled. That’s because the truncated season of The Flash will now ‘end’ on May 12, the date originally reserved for Stargirl’s CW premiere, which has now been moved to May 19 to take The Flash’s timeslot. Stargirl was always going to air in that timeslot, anyway, but it would have done so after May 26, the air date for what would have been Flash’s season finale.
So, what will happen to the final episodes/season finales this year that are either going unproduced and/or not finished filming? That’s a very good question, and unfortunately not one I have a good answer for. All I can tell you is that I’ve heard all sorts of options for what to do, and just about all of them are on the table. Figuring out what’s the best approach for a show will more than likely be a case by case basis.
Just as an example, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy will end with episode 21 of it’s originally-planned 25-episode season, the other episodes going unproduced. On the flip-side of that. The CW’s Supernatural, which was originally in the middle of its final season, has aired what will be its ‘last’ episode for the time being (episode 13). Luckily for fans of that show, some good news: the cut-off will allow the network to produce an additional final season (season 15b, if you will) of 7 episodes, reportedly an easier number of episodes to produce and market than 2 or 3 leftovers (like The Flash).
Anyway, we’ll see what they do. The next seasons are going to be super-interesting for the shows that didn’t get their season finales this year. What will they do? I guess we’ll just have to wait (in our houses, with soap and water) and see.
Oh, and if there’s anything I missed or anything I got wrong, let me know.