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The CW Gives Us Our First Look at ‘Black Lightning’

Last week we found out The CW has picked up their fifth DC superhero show with Black Lightning, and today they’ve released a trailer for the show. Starring Cress Williams as titular character Jefferson Pierce, Black Lightning will be a bit different than the other superhero shows on the network — and not for the obvious reasons.

The main character is a veteran superhero coming out of retirement, which is very different from the stories told on Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, or Arrow, which all feature younger characters and their origin stories. This means that Black Lightning can explore territory none of the other programs will be able to touch for some time.

Personally, I’m really excited for when this show premieres in the fall.

The CW Picks Up ‘Black Lightning’ to Series, Renews ‘iZombie,’ Cancels ‘Frequency’ and ‘No Tomorrow’

Well, it’s that time of year again where we find out what shows have made the cut and which ones haven’t. Over at The CW, most of their renewals have actually already been announced, with Supernatural and the DC shows getting renewed way back in January. Riverdale and The 100 were announced to be renewed earlier this spring as well. That only leaves a few strands hanging on the only broadcast network dominated by genre television, and it seems like we have that news now.

On the good news train, The CW is officially adding a fifth DC superhero show, as Black Lightning has been picked up to series. As for existing shows, both iZombie and The Originals have been renewed. While The Originals may not be my cup of tea, iZombie is literally one of the most fun shows on television.

On the bad news front, we finally have word on the fates of freshman series Frequency and No Tomorrow. Sadly both shows have been officially cancelled and won’t be back for second seasons. It’s really too bad as both shows were fairly enjoyable. This also means that Riverdale is the only new show to get picked up at the network this year.

Via TV Line, Deadline, TV Line

Calista Flockhart and Tyler Hoechlin Will Both Return in Two Part ‘Supergirl’ Finale

To say that The CW’s Supergirl is one of our favorite shows around these parts is kind of an understatement. The show has given us some of the best onscreen versions of some characters, and not just our headlining heroine. One of those is Calista Flockhart’s version of Cat Grant, who left the series as a regular after its move to The CW from CBS (pretty much because budget cuts meant they couldn’t afford to pay her), and another is Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman — who guest starred earlier this season.

Well guess what, they’re both coming back for the finale.

Its been confirmed that Tyler Hoechlin will suit up again as Superman in the show’s two part second season finale. It’s also being reported that Calista Flockhart will return as Cat Grant as well. This is exciting, as we’re always happy to see more of Hoechlin’s Superman, and Cat Grant has been sorely missed on the show lately.

The first part of the Supergirl season two finale will air May 15th, with part two following on May 22nd.

Via E! News, Deadline

Episode 95 – A Pair of (April) Fools

On this episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast we mourn the passing of Bernie Wrightson, ponder the new Justice League trailer, discuss The Flash‘s villain plans for Season Four, rejoice in the pending return of iZombie, have a good think about the Doctor Who series ten trailer, talk a bit about Iron Fist, continue to monitor the developing MST3K situation, and remind you that New York Comic Con is only offering day passes this year.

We went audio only episode, and do you think we sound different? I’m not so sure…

‘iZombie’ Season 3 Gets the Full Trailer it Deserves

The return of iZombie to The CW has seemingly been taking forever, with the show’s second season ending all the way back in April of 2016. But with the third season’s premiere date coming up pretty soon, the advertising has been kicking into gear.

And now we have an extended trailer for the season.

There’s not a lot that’s surprising here for people who have watched the show (and it includes part of a scene that happens literally minutes after the season 2 finale). The show’s dark, quirky humor is on full display, along with a tease to the season’s larger arc. Frankly, this show’s return can’t come soon enough.

iZombie season 3 premieres April 4th on The CW.

‘The Flash’ Season 4 Won’t Have an Evil Speedster as the Big Bad

Three of The CW’s current DC shows, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, have varied up their season plots, presenting different kinds of villains each season. On the other hand their fourth show, The Flash, has kind of found itself in a pattern. The villain will turn out, inevitably, to be an evil speedster who has been secretly a member of team Flash all along. Well, technically the latter part might not be true this time around, but c’mon.

We know what’s going to happen.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s still a really good show, but it’s in spite of this pattern and not because of it. The good news though is that producers may be looking to break it. The Arrowverse producers did a panel at PaleyFest, and during it they reportedly confirmed that next season’s villain will definitely not be a speedster. The Flash Podcast, who was there, tweeted out the confirmation:

This is, honestly, probably the best news we could have. I mean, The Flash has such a wonderful catalogue of villains who deserve more than the brief arcs they’ve gotten on the show so far. Maybe we’ll get a nice arc with the Rogues, or maybe Mirror Master will finally get his due.

Or, y’know, maybe something else.

Really it’s just great to know that producers don’t want the show to get stale. If a show gets too predictable, that’s when it will hemorrhage viewers. Variety will keep things fresh, and I look forward to see where the show will go.

The Cast for The CW’s ‘Black Lightning’ So Far

The latest DC show to go to pilot over at The CW is, of course, Black Lightning. Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, and (of course) Greg Berlanti are producing, and the Akils are showrunning it should it get picked up to series.

First of all, Cress Williams will be playing the titular character Jefferson Pierce. Williams has a long resume which includes shows like Hart of Dixie, Code Black, and E.R., though he also appeared as Baron Sunday on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman way back in 1996.

Secondly, the daughters of Jefferson Pierce, Jennifer and Anissa have also been cast. China Anne McClain has been cast as Jennifer Pierce, the younger of the two. Jennifer is in high school, and while she’s a star student, Jennifer has a bit of a rebellious streak. The older daughter, Anissa, will be played by Nafessa Williams. Anissa is in her twenties and enrolled in medical school.

In the comics, eventually the daughters become superheroes themselves, using the names Lightning and Thunder, though we don’t know if we’ll see this in the show (again should it be picked up to series).

Via Deadline, Deadline

‘iZombie’ Season 3 Finally Has a Premiere Date

The CW’s iZombie, adapted from the comic of the same name, has had two very solid seasons so far, and fans have been patiently waiting for the third season to arrive. Originally it was assumed the show would be back in January, but the network decided to delay the season until some vaguely defined time in the spring.

Well, thanks to a photo posted to the official Facebook page, we now have some clarity on that — iZombie will be back April 4th.


The show will be taking over the Tuesday 9/8c timeslot from Legends of Tomorrow (which will have just finished its season), which is the same weeknight the show has aired on for the last two seasons. It’s a pretty phenomenal show, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can currently catch up on Netflix.

And you should.

Lynda Carter Will Return to ‘Supergirl’ in a Kevin Smith Directed Episode

Lynda Carter, best known for starring the classic Wonder Woman television series, appeared earlier this season of Supergirl as the mysterious President Olivia Marsdin. The character’s brief appearance teased a larger backstory that could lead to some serious repercussions, and we’ve all been waiting to know when she’d return.

Well, the good news is that we shouldn’t have to wait too long, because (as Screen Crush reports) Lynda Carter will be back later this season for sure. We know this thanks to an Instagram post by Kevin Smith.

This post is also why we know that her appearance will be in an episode directed by Smith as well, for obvious reasons. We’re not sure when the episode will air, but there’s obviously only so many episodes left in Season 2 at this point.

Supergirl airs Monday nights on The CW.

Via Screen Crush

‘Black Lightning’ May End Up in the Arrowverse After All

When it was announced that a Black Lightning television series was in development at Fox with Greg Berlanti producing, fans were excited. The bad news, of course, was that at Fox, the show was unlikely to be a part of Berlanti’s ‘Arrowverse’ universe that Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine, Vixen, and Freedom Fighters: The Ray currently share and that Supergirl easily crosses over to.

This may no longer be the case though.

As Fox has apparently passed on the series, Deadline is reporting that it’s currently being shopped to The CW. If the network chooses to pick it up, it would be the fifth DC show on their current broadcast lineup (and Berlanti’s sixth overall). For the show not to tie into the rest of their superhero programming just wouldn’t make sense.

Nothing is final at this point, and like a lot of shows in development this may just evaporate into the ether. We hope it gets picked up by The CW though, because Black Lightning would be the first person of color led live action superhero series on broadcast (and the second on television overall only to Netflix’s Luke Cage).

I guess we’ll find out what happens though.

Update: Black Lightning was officially ordered to pilot by The CW.

Via Deadline, Variety