The CW is expanding its DC lineup this winter, adding the electrifying new superhero Black Lightning on January 16, 2018. The new superhero will make his big debut following a new episode of the CW hit “The Flash”.

As Black Lightning begins, Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered.

The network teases the new series adding, “Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.”

While the show is based on the characters from DC, “Black Lightning” is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

As The CW’s current series return from the holiday hiatus, “Valor” is back with original episodes on January 1 and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” returns with new episodes on January 5. (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). DC fans can catch new “Supergirl” episodes starting on January 15, and both “Riverdale” and “Dynasty” will return with original episodes on January 17. The CW’s big hits “Supernatural” and “Arrow” will make their January premieres on January 18, and “Jane the Virgin” comes back with new episodes January 26. “DC’S Legends of Tomorrow” will return with new episodes on a new night and time in February.

The CW also stated that the series premiere date for “Life Sentence,” and the season premiere dates of “The 100,” “The Originals” and “iZombie” will be announced later.

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