Fall Network TV Preview

The CW

Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

The Flash (Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8/7c) 

The last time we saw Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), he had gone back in time to save his mother, thus creating “Flashpoint.” Season three’s first episode and story arc is based on one of the titular hero’s more well-known, more recent comic book story lines. When season three opens, things will be different. Barry will be living in a world where his parents (Michelle Harrison, John Wesley Shipp) are alive, best friend and potential lover Iris (Candice Patton) doesn’t really know him very well, he never went to live with Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Iris, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) is now the richest man in America, and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) is now Kid Flash and the hero of Central City. Oh, and Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), looks like he’ll be giving Barry hell for what will surely turn out to be a colossal mistake. Sure, Barry could be happy here, but let’s face it, this will potentially be a hard lesson finally learned.

The Flashpoint story line has also been confirmed to be around one or two episodes at most, so what happens after Barry restores the timeline is what will prove to be the most interesting. Will he come back to the same life? Probably, but with some changes. I don’t think any show has the guts to completely erase two seasons of character development, but the changes will at least bring Reverse-Flash back more permanently and be the cause of the appearance of some new villains like the not-yet-cast Dr. Alchemy.

New notable cast members include series regular Tom Felton, a fellow, but mysterious CSI named Julian Dorn who doesn’t trust Barry, and recurring/guest stars Grey Damon (Aquarius) as Mirror Master, Ashley Rickards as the villain The Top, Joey King as the metahuman Magenta, and Todd Lasance as the speedster The Rival.

No Tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 9/8c)

Evie (Tori Anderson) is a level-headed, non-risk-taking, quality-control assessor. When she starts falling for the more care-free and thrill-seeking Xavier (Joshua Sasse), things get a little too crazy when she realizes that the only reason he lives his life like every day is his last is because he is convinced the apocalypse is coming in eight months. So Evie embarks on a bucket-list-fulfilling life, which will ultimately result in humor and a more meaningful outlook on her life.

No Tomorrow looks like a lot of fun. The kind of zany, light-hearted comedy that could make you fall in love with it or possibly leave you out in the cold. It looks like it has a lot of charisma and might probably be cheesy as well, but in this kind of setting it would actually work. On a network that seems to lately favor superhero and/or sci-fi series, No Tomorrow is a bit refreshing in that it’s more of a romantic comedy. It might not prove to be a ratings hit, but if romantic comedy and wackiness is what you look for in a show, then this may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Arrow (Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8/7c)

Season four of Arrow started off well enough, but then quickly descended into a mess of melodrama and lackluster story development that the writing and executive producing team will hopefully leave in the rear view mirror. Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) was last seen stepping up as the interim mayor of Star City, Laurel Lance/Black Canary (Katie Cassidy) is dead at the hands of villain Damien Dahrk (Neal McDonough), Diggle (David Ramsey) has re-enlisted in the military, and Thea Queen/Speedy (Willa Holland) has left the team for a potential new life. Leaving only Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), Oliver’s ex-fiance and hacker, to help Oliver in his mission to save Star City.

Season five is supposedly getting back to basics and it’s been confirmed that this will be the last season for the flashbacks (yes!). Oliver will also be training a host of new superheroes, which will probably test his patience. Aside from the usual cast, Arrow is welcoming a whole crew of fresh faces to the series. Which include: Carly Pope as a Coast City reporter, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Tyler Ritter as a Star City detective, Josh Segara as the new district attorney (aka Vigilante), Joe Dinicol as the vigilante Ragman, and Madison McLaughlin is returning as Evelyn Sharp, formerly known as the fake Black Canary from her stint last season. She’ll now be known as Artemis who, in DC comics, is the daughter of two villains. Because of The Flash‘s Flashpoint arc, look to see some changes in the Arrow timeline as well. Oh, and Anatoly Knyazev (David Nykl) will be making a reappearance now that the flashbacks are taking Oliver to Russia.

Frequency (Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9/8c)

There has recently been an uptick in TV series based on movies. NBC’s Rush Hour and Cruel Intentions, along with Fox’s Lethal Weapon are three of several. Frequency, inspired by the 2000 film of the same name starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel, was created by former Supernatural and Being Human showrunner Jeremy Carver. Frequency is very sci-fi oriented just based on its trailer, which means it’ll be right at home among The CW’s current lineup.

In this TV iteration of Frequency, the son is now a daughter, but everything else seems to remain the same. Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) is a police detective whose father (Riley Smith) was murdered twenty years ago. She soon discovers that she is able to speak with him via ham radio. She’s somehow speaking to him from 1996, the day before he died. Raimy seeks the help of her dad’s former police partner, Satch (Mekhi Phifer). Will the both of them try and figure out what’s going on? Will Raimy be able to change the past, or will it result in a butterfly effect type of situation that causes everything to change? I trust Jeremy Carver, he’s a great writer and a good showrunner. Frequency seems to maintain similarities to the movie, but has enough changes to make the series highly intriguing and all its own.

Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW

Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW

Supergirl (Monday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c)

Supergirl will be entering its sophomore season and retaining the same timeslot as last year. However, the biggest change is the show’s network, moving from CBS to The CW. This could prove to be a very good thing since it will now be involved in the superhero crossovers the network loves so much. We already saw Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), meet The Flash for a crossover episode last season. Because of the repercussions of Flashpoint, it may be that National City will suddenly find itself in the same universe as the rest of the network’s superhero shows. I guess Cat Grant’s comment, “You look like the attractive cast of a CW show,” is actually coming to pass.

After the massive hit National City took because of Myriad’s mind control, Supergirl left off with a cliffhanger after a pod identical to hers arrived on Earth. The second season of the show will kick off with the introduction of Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), Kara’s very much talked about, but barely seen cousin. After only catching side and back views of him all season, we’ll finally be meeting him. Kara will also finally be meeting the passenger (Chris Wood) of the alien ship that arrived in last season’s final moments. Let’s not forget that Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) is also supposedly alive and being held at project Cadmus. How this subplot will play a role in the second season is yet to be known.

Expect some other changes, too. Media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) will no longer be in Kara’s life–at least not much, since Flockhart is no longer a series regular after the show’s filming relocation–and she’ll have a new boss, played by Ian Gomez. Kara will also have to deal with Lex Luthor’s sister, Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). Other additions include supervillain Metallo (Frederick Schmidt), Hank Henshaw’s niece, Miss Martian (Sharon Leal), and of course, how could we forget that former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter will be playing the president in season two?!

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8/7c) 

After finally defeating Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) in the lackluster season finale, the show introduced Rex Tyler, aka Hourman (Patrick J. Adams). A member of the Justice Society of America (JSA), and a precursor to the Justice League, in the episode’s final moments. Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) and Carter Hall/Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) have gone off to give their lives a fresh start and will no longer be on the show. Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) is dead–though have no fear because The Flash’s Flashpoint arc is bringing him back to life, but he’ll no longer be a series regular on Legends. While the show struggled to find a balance between the characters and its story line last season, and although the final episodes were all over the place plot-wise, Legends of Tomorrow still carries a lot of untapped potential. This makes season two something of a clean slate.

This time around, the band of merry time travelers will be facing the Legion of Doom. The villainous group is made up by Reverse-Flash, Captain Cold, Malcolm Merlyn (Arrow’s John Barrowman) and Damien Dahrk. Season two will also include JSA members Obsidian (Lance Henriksen), Commander Steel (Matthew MacCaull), Stargirl (Sarah Grey), and a new iteration of Vixen, played by new series regular Maisie Richardson-Sellers. The first episode will also introduce Nick Zano as Dr. Nate Heywood, who will be looking for the Legends team because they’ve somehow been mysteriously dropped off in different periods of time. Let us also not forget that Stephen Amell will be making a guest appearance in the season premiere–probably to kick someone’s (Rory’s) ass!

Supernatural (Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c)

Supernatural is back on Thursday nights after having moved from its Wednesday time slot last season. The CW’s longest-running show, Supernatural was once called “the little show that could.” Those days of almost-cancellations and move to the Friday night death slot are long over and the show is very much comfortable, no matter what night it moves to. Entering its twelfth season (twelve seasons!), it doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon–even CW boss Mark Pedowitz admits that the show “could outlast [his] tenure” as network president. Replacing Jeremy Carver as showrunner, Andrew Dabb will certainly be taking the Winchester brothers into new territory.

Last season confirmed God’s identity and God’s sister (yes, you read that correctly). Amara, aka The Darkness (Emily Swallow), was hellbent on destroying Earth because she knew it would piss off her brother, who tricked her and locked her away using the Mark of Cain as a lock and key. After reconciling with her brother, The Darkness, who had grown fond of Dean (he had the Mark of Cain and inadvertently released her from her prison), left the brothers with a gift, she resurrected their mother Mary (Samantha Smith). So season twelve is set to kick off with Mary Winchester riding in the Impala. While that happened, Sam ended the season staring down the barrel of Lady Toni’s (Elizabeth Blackmore) gun, a member of the British chapter of the Men (and Women) of Letters. So season twelve is sure to be fascinating as this new dynamic is explored.

Jane the Virgin (Monday, Oct. 17 at 9/8c)

The last time we saw Jane (Gina Rodriguez), she was marrying Michael (Brett Dier). Except she and Michael didn’t get to enjoy their happy ending for long before Michael’s police partner shot him in the season two finale, after being revealed as a crime lord. But is Michael really dead? Is Jane going to be a widow so soon after being married? What about Rafael (Justin Baldoni), who still harbors feelings for Jane and hasn’t told her?

We don’t know much about season three other than that former Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria, will be directing an episode. Rose is still alive, there was a twin switch involving Petra (Yael Grobglas) and Anezka, and Xo and Rogelio deciding not to get back together. Dier was spotted on set, so we can rule out the fact that Michael is dead, but is probably injured. But there will be a twist (of course!). Jane’s old crush Sam (Miles Gaston Villanueva), will be making a reappearance in her life. Sam’s relationship with Jane is pre-Michael and -Rafael, and his presence will definitely have an impact.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Friday, Oct. 21 at 9/8c) 

When you’re Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), life just seems to suck. Impulsive and, well, crazy, Rebecca finally got what she came all the way to West Covina, CA to get: Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III). After a long (and not always great) relationship, Josh and Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz) call it quits and Rebecca finally makes her move. Then there’s Greg (Santino Fontana), who complicates things after confessing his feelings to Rebecca. Or does he complicate things? Because it looks like Rebecca and Josh will be happily moving forward. But will there be some uncertainty?

Season two will explore the new pair’s relationship after having slept together in the season one finale. Now that Rebecca’s admitted to Josh that he’s the reason she moved back to the west coast to begin with, Josh may either think it’s romantic or understandably be a little confused… and maybe a little freaked out. After all, they hadn’t seen each other in ten plus years. So, where they go from here is anyone’s guess. What we can look forward to is more musical numbers, Rebecca in ridiculous costumes, a plot-driven theme song, the addition of Brittany Snow as Anna, an awesome businesswoman, and the promotion of Gabrielle Ruiz to series regular.

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Jose is a 23 year old film fan and pop-culture junkie from Northern California. He majored in Mechanical Engineering and probably spent more time watching movies, tv, and video games in his free time than he should have during college. He hopes to justify all that "wasted" time by writing about pop-culture and claiming it was all "research." Jose hopes to one day have a job at Disney Imagineering and combine his two passions. Follow him on Twitter @josecordova.