On Thursday morning, the CW Network presented its Fall schedule for the 2019-20 season. The show “Batwoman” is joining other DC hits like “Supergirl,” “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Black Lightning,” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” while “Katy Keene” partners with “Riverdale.”
“The CW heads into next season riding a wave of creative momentum and expansion, with more original programming all year round, and a new Fall line-up boasting scripted series in every single time period across our six-night schedule. We have 14 returning series for next year and adding to that three exciting new shows, including our newest superhero, the thrilling Batwoman, the mystery and suspense of Nancy Drew and the aspirational Katy Keene, based on the Archie Comics characters,” said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. “As the original multiplatform network, combining our linear broadcast and our best in class Ad-supported digital services with our ability to harness social like no one else, The CW’s distinct brand and programming strategy perfectly positions this network to grow and thrive in the current media landscape.”
Ruby Rose’s “Batmwoman” is set to premiere on Sundays, partnered with “Supergirl” on the same night. The new “Batwoman” series follows Kate Kane (Ruby Rose), who never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. Three years after Batman disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the GCPD became overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Enter Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and Crows Private Security, which now protects the city with firepower and militia. Years before, Jacob’s first wife and daughter were killed in the crossfire of Gotham crime. He sent his only surviving daughter, Kate Kane, away from Gotham for her safety. After a dishonorable discharge from military school and years of survival training, Kate returns home when the Alice in Wonderland gang targets her father by kidnapping his best Crow officer Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy). Although remarried to wealthy socialite Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis), who bankrolls the Crows, Jacob is still struggling with the family he lost. In order to help her family and her city, she’ll have to become the one thing her father loathes –– a dark knight vigilante. With the help of her stepsister (Nicole Kang), and the crafty Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne, as Batwoman. Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who’s always somewhere slipping between sane and insane.
The popular drama “All American” moves to Mondays, followed by the DC hit “Black Lightning.” On Tuesdays, “The Flash” is the lead in for the final season of “Arrow,” which is moving to its new night this Fall.
“Riverdale” will start Wednesday nights, serving as the opening act for the CW’s supernatural take on the iconic detective “Nancy Drew.” In the series, Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) is a brilliant teenaged detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. After a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene. They include Nancy’s nemesis from high school, George Fan (Leah Lewis); a rich girl with a mysterious past, Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani); Nancy’s secret boyfriend, Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim), and burnout Ace (Alex Saxon). The five of them must team up to clear their names. Nancy’s reawakening brings her into conflict with her widowed father, Carson Drew (Scott Wolf), who is dating Detective Karen Hart (Alvina August). When a supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy’s investigation, she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the unsolved murder of a local girl.
Thursday nights belong to Sam and Dean Winchester as “Supernatural” begins its 15th and final season. The show will help boost “Legacies” on the same night. “Charmed” leads Friday nights, followed by “Dynasty.”
Looking ahead to mid-season, the network has five original scripted series lined up, including “Katy Keene” from Archie Comics. Other shows include “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “In the Dark,” “Roswell, New Mexico,” and “The 100.” A spinoff of “Riverdale,” the show “Katy Keene” follows the lives of four iconic Archie Comics characters. The lead characters are fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and “It Girl” Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City. Katy designs clothes for anyone she can, including her friend and roommate Josie, whose singing talent catches the attention of Alexander Cabot (Lucien Laviscount), a CEO who hopes to reboot the record label division of his father’s corporate empire. Alexander’s dream of signing Josie to a recording contract meets resistance from Cabot Media’s powerful senior vice president Alexandra (Camille Hyde), who also happens to be his twin sister. Josie and Katy’s roommate Jorge works at his family’s bodega and has his eye on Broadway, but after a series of rejections, he hopes to take his drag performance career as Ginger to the next level. The mysterious Pepper Smith plans to open her own version of Andy Warhol’s Factory. She has the connections, but no one seems to know where she got her money — or if she really has any at all. Katy struggles to manage the pressures of her day job at Lacy’s Department Store and her very demanding boss, Gloria (Katherine LaNasa), who is a legendary personal shopper. Katy has the support of her longtime boyfriend, KO Kelly (Zane Holtz), who has his own dream of becoming a professional boxer.