Friday, May 15, 2020

The CW Upfront 2020-21: Fall 2020 Schedule; Fri-Yay: Quarantine Reunions - An Emerging Trend

The CW 2020-21

Fall 2020


Mondays
8:00PM Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30PM Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00PM Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Tuesdays
8:00PM Swamp Thing
9:00PM Tell Me a Story

Wednesdays
8:00PM Devils
9:00PM Coroner

Thursdays
8:00PM Supernatural
9:00PM The Outpost

Fridays
8:00PM Masters of Illusion
8:30PM Masters of Illusion
9:00PM World's Funniest Animals
9:30PM World's Funniest Animals

Sundays
8:00PM Two Sentence Horror Stories
8:30PM Two Sentence Horror Stories
9:00PM Pandora



January 2021


Mondays
8:00PM All American
9:00PM Black Lightning

Tuesdays
8:00PM The Flash
9:00PM Superman & Lois (NEW!)

Wednesdays
8:00PM Riverdale
9:00PM Nancy Drew

Thursdays
8:00PM Walker (NEW!)
9:00PM Legacies

Fridays
8:00PM Penn & Teller: Fool Us (new night)
9:00PM Whose Line Is It Anyway? (new night)
9:30PM Whose Line Is It Anyway? (new night)

Sundays
8:00PM Batwoman
9:00PM Charmed (new night)

Unscheduled Mid-Season 2021:

COMEDY:
DRAMA: Kung Fu, The Republic of Sarah
REALITY:
Returning: DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, In the Dark, Roswell, New Mexico, Supergirl

NOTES: The CW Network will officially launch its new season in January 2021 with its regularly scheduled series lineup, while loading up Fall 2020 with fresh original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming. The CW has crafted a lineup of fresh programming for the Fourth Quarter 2020, featuring a balanced mix of original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming, including Swamp Thing, Tell Me a Story, Coroner, Pandora, The Outpost, Two Sentence Horror Stories, World's Funniest Animals, Masters of Illusion, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

The CW has seven original scripted series lined up for its 2021 midseason which includes two new series, Kung Fu and The Republic of Sarah, joining returning series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, In the Dark, Roswell, New Mexico, Supergirl.

Update 6/4: The CW Network announced the acquisition of the international thriller from Sky Italia, Devils, starring Alessandro Borghi and Patrick Dempsey, adding the series to its Fall 2020 schedule airing on Wednesdays at 8:00pm, ET/PT, followed by the investigative drama Coroner at 9:00pm, ET/PT. Devils is an international thriller that follows Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi, The First King: Birth of an Empire, Suburra), the charismatic yet ruthless Head of Trading at NYL, one of the world’s most important investment banks, and his mentor, NYL's CEO Dominic Morgan (Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair). After Dominic appoints another colleague over Massimo following a bitter promotion battle, Massimo finds himself named prime suspect in a murder investigation. Fighting to clear his name, Massimo becomes involved in an intercontinental financial war and is forced to choose between supporting Dominic or going up against him.

Additional changes to the previously announced Fourth Quarter Fall 2020 schedule, include comedy Dead Pixels, which will now premiere this Summer, Two Sentence Horror Stories moving to Sundays 8-9pm, and Masters of Illusion, which is already slated for Fridays 8-9pm this Summer, will remain in same time period for the Fall, while World's Funniest Animals moves to 9:00pm on Friday. The rest of the schedule is intact as we previously announced.


Discuss The CW's 2020-21 lineup and also you can view complete program information.



It's time for another edition of Fri-Yay! That means we will take a look back on some sitcom happenings in recent days or weeks or other fun sitcomy stuff. It's a sitcom lover's paradise! Happy Fri-Yay!

Community Zoom Reunion

by Vincent

As the COVID-19 situation has dragged on in the US, one interesting trend is the reunion of sitcom casts via online video platforms. Over the past few months, many sitcoms casts have "reunited" to relive some of the show's most famous moments, read scripts, or in some cases, even produce a new episode. The Parks and Recreation remotely produced special a few weeks ago is the most obvious example, but over the past few weeks, casts of shows ranging from The Office to Community to Lizzie McGuire to Sonny With a Chance have shared reunions taking place over Zoom. It's interesting as previously, a "sitcom reunion" was a big, hyped event, often taking place on primetime or a talk show. (A Friends reunion was originally scheduled to happen this month as part of the show's much-hyped launch on HBO Max, but it has been postponed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus.) And yet now, stars are hopping onto Zoom to share with each other and fans how much they've missed each other.

The Office Zoom Reunion

The most notable other than the previously covered Parks episode is the The Office reunion, in which the cast joked, laughed and relived some of the show's finest moments. The Community cast also reunited via Zoom to read an episode script of one of the show's most beloved episodes and participate in a fan Q&A, including the now world famous Donald Glover, who many predicted would be difficult to get for a Community reunion (but has showed a large amount of love and interest in the show, sparking rumors that the long-awaited movie could finally be materializing.) It's been a nice bonus of this unfortunate situation to see actors - who for once have nothing else to do - getting together and sharing the memories they had with their fellow co-stars and with fans. It's just one of the many ways that's been helping us get through the reduced amount of content we're getting thanks to COVID-19. 


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, April 20

black-ish - "My Dinner with Andre Junior" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Junior and Olivia invite an excited Bow and Dre over for dinner in their new apartment, but upon arrival, they immediately become concerned with the young couple’s living conditions. Meanwhile, Diane bonds with Pops as she asks for his advice on dating.

mixed-ish - "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Rainbow’s best friend, Tamika, asks her to plan her 14th birthday party, so Bow goes out of her way to make sure it’s the coolest birthday party ever. Meanwhile, Paul and Alicia battle it out for who is the “coolest,” and Harrison takes Santi and Johan on a trip to Mexico for some quality time.

Young Rock - "A Lady Named Star Search" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Hawaii, 1982: While Ata prepares for her "Star Search" audition, Rocky takes an unorthodox approach to helping Dewey deal with some bullies; Lia's conflict with rival wrestling promoter Greg Yao has her on edge.

Kenan - "Teacher's Strike" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When the teachers go on strike, everyone has to pitch in to keep the kids occupied; Rick sets up a unique schoolroom in the morning show conference room.

Chad - "Ikrimah Breakup" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
When his mom breaks up with her boyfriend and Chad's left without a father figure, Chad does everything in his power to win him back.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 19)

Tuesday, April 20

  • Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen Show/Ellen/Open House) - Catch Ellen on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Jane appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Bradley Whitford (Perfect Harmony/Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Hank Azaria (The Simpsons/Brockmire/Free Agents/Imagine That/Herman's Head) - Hank will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kevin James (The Crew/Kevin Can Wait/The King of Queens) - Kevin appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!/The Odd Couple/Sean Saves the World) - Thomas is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ed Helms (Rutherford Falls/The Office) - Ed will be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny - Jenny appears on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January-April)

Corporate - Season 2 Fam - The Complete Series Betty White's Pet Set - The Complete Series Happy Together - The Complete Series Til Death - The Complete Series

01/22 - Corporate - Season 2
01/22 - Corporate - Season 3
02/02 - Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - The Complete Series (2021 Retail Release)
02/16 - Fam - The Complete Series
02/23 - Betty White's Pet Set - The Complete Series
03/02 - Blue Mountain State - The Complete Series
03/02 - Happy Together - The Complete Series
03/02 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-4 (DVD) (Blu-ray)
04/20 - 'Til Death - The Complete Series

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