It’s going to be a lonely Fall for superheroes on The CW.
The network announced its schedule for the 2022-2023 broadcast season on Thursday and it represents some of the changes coming to The CW in the near future. Notably, Stargirl is the only superhero series set to air come October. The program will move to Wednesdays, pairing up with Kung Fu, which has also been promoted to a Fall start. But the doubling up of similar shows will continue to be a CW hallmark with Mondays reserved for All American and All American: Homecoming and Thursdays featuring Walker and its spinoff, Walker Independence.
But what of The Flash, Superman & Lois, and the recently announced Gotham Knights? They will all be mid-season debuts. As far as we know, The Flash‘s ninth season will only be ten episodes per the contract extension agreed upon by star Grant Gustin. Superman & Lois continues to take unexpected pauses as it still recovers from production stops and post-production pipeline issues which continue to stem from the COVID-19 pandemic. Gotham Knights, meanwhile, has a long production ahead of it, so a January or April premiere seems the best choice.
Fellow comic book series Riverdale will also return in the mid-season for its seventh and final year.
Sadly, we believe the reduction down to a single superhero show is likely the future for the network long term. Although, it is possible Stargirl, Superman & Lois, and Gotham Knights could be staggered across the Fall, spring, and summer calendars for awhile. But with the network for sale and Warner Bros. Discovery calling all of its intellectual property home, it is entirely possible these are the final days of DC Entertainment characters on broadcast. But will the last show standing be clever enough to end with a Arrowverse take on Zero Hour? That remains to be seen.
Here’s the full Fall CW schedule:
8:00-9:00PM All American
9:00-10:00PM All American: Homecoming
8:00-9:00PM The Winchesters (New Series)
9:00-10:00PM Professionals (New Series)
8:00-9:00PM DC’s Stargirl (New Night)
9:00-10:00PM Kung Fu
9:00-10:00PM Walker Independence (New Series)
8:00-9:00PM Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00-9:30PM Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:30-10:00PM Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:00-9:00PM Magic with the Stars (New Series)
9:00-9:30PM World’s Funniest Animals
9:30-10:00PM World’s Funniest Animals
8:00-9:00PM Family Law (New Series)
9:00-10:00PM Coroner (New Night)