Fans of The CW need not worry about the delay with the network's 2020/2021 schedule, as they still fully intend to produce full seasons of each show. Given the current situation Hollywood is facing, many of the network's shows, including the ArrowVerse offerings and Supernatural, had their current seasons cut short as production had to shut down. But CW President Mark Pedowitz assures they intend to bring full seasons our way next year.
For now, production remains on hold and, as a result, shows like The Flash and new series like the Walker Texas Ranger reboot couldn't begin filming when planned. As a result, The CW recently confirmed that most of its shows would be pushed to early 2021, as opposed to a fall debut, which would have otherwise been the case. When asked in a recent interview if that means next year's seasons will be shorter, Mark Pedowitz explained they still intend to return with typical episode counts. Here's what he had to say about it.
"We are planning our normal episodic counts. We have some shows that'll have 22 or 20 [episodes], we'll have some shows at 13. We plan to continue [with that goal in mind], and we'll see how the world progresses."
As we've seen, things have been difficult to predict as the situation at hand has unfolded. So whatever plans The CW currently has in place could easily change. That said, it sounds as though the full lineup of shows will continue at full throttle, just later than expected. That could mean a shorter break between seasons next year, assuming the 2021 fall season returns as expected. But it is a bit premature to look ahead that far.
One of the only shows that might manage to return in 2020 is Supernatural. The show was airing its final season when the shutdown kicked in. Five episodes were in post-production and two more, including the series finale, still need to be shot. Once production resumes, those that have already been filmed can be completed and make it to air relatively soon. Aside from that, the rest of the network's fall lineup, which includes Batwoman, Legacies, Riverdale, All American, Superman & Lois, Supergirl, Dynasty, Legends of Tomorrow and Roswell, New Mexico are expected to arrive sometime in early 2021.
This is merely one network. In the broad scheme of the entertainment landscape as a whole, it is a small window into what type of disruption this has caused. The big thing that still needs to be sorted out is when productions can safely resume and how studios can best proceed while keeping the health of cast and crew members in mind. The one guarantee is that sets will look very different in the future when things return to normal, or at least some semblance of normalcy. We'll be sure to keep you posted as the situation develops. This news comes to us via TV Line.