The 2022-2023 primetime schedule for The CW Network has been announced and it’s a little less awesome than the past few years. That’s not necessarily a comment on the quality of new and returning programming for the network, but rather the fact that there will be fewer comic-inspired productions in the lineup.
The end of Supergirl and the cancellations of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman and Naomi reduce the number of shows in the superhero genre. And recurring shows “Flash” and “Superman & Lois” won’t air until mid-season.
This means that “DC’s Stargirl” remains the only show in the fall program with a comic book hero.
Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CW Network, describes the upcoming lineup as CW evolving into more than just a network.
“We’re a brand that brings our passionate and engaged audience to engage directly with our programming across all platforms, both linear and digital,” says Pedowitz. “In the tradition of The CW’s commitment to quality programming that offers diverse and inclusive storytelling and characters, we are launching a fall lineup that includes an exciting new series of series.”
This lineup includes five programs starting in the fall. The Winchesters is a prequel to Supernatural, while Walker Independence is an origin story set in the 19th century for the Walker series. Other new shows include Professionals, Family Law and Magic with the Stars.
In Professionals, Tom Welling plays a top-notch security agent who is paid to protect the interests of wealthy and powerful clients by any means necessary – legal or not. “Family Law” follows attorney and recovering alcoholic Abigail Bianchi (Jewel Staite) as she struggles to put her career and family back together after hitting rock bottom.
To make room for the new shows, other canceled CW Network programs also include Dynasty, Charmed, Roswell New Mexico, In the Dark, 4400, and Legacies. This is a big change from a network notorious for only canceling two or three shows each year.
Other programs waiting in the wings are Gotham Knights, Nancy Drew, Recipe for Disaster, and Masters of Illusions. Riverdale will return for its seventh and final season later in the year. Gotham Knights deals with life in Gotham City after Batman is dead.
THE CW FALL 2022 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
8 p.m. – “All American”
9 p.m. – “All American: Homecoming”
8 p.m. “The Winchesters”
9 p.m. “Pros”
8pm – “DC’s Stargirl”
9 p.m. – “Kung Fu”
8 p.m. “Walker”
9 p.m. “Wanderer Independence”
8:00 p.m. – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”
9pm – “Whose line is that anyway?”
9:30pm – “Whose line is that anyway?”
8 p.m. – “Magic with the Stars”
9 p.m. – “The funniest animals in the world”
9:30 pm – “The funniest animals in the world”
8 p.m. – “Family Law”
9 p.m. – “Coroner”