Upfronts: Four New Ones from The CW

TheCW logoIn a season when old shows from “Roseanne” to “S.W.A.T.” have announced comeback seasons or reboots, The CW network closed a week of network upfront presentations saying it would bring back the old “Dynasty.”

It’s one of four new shows announced by the also-run network, whose only survivor from last year’s crop of new shows was “Riverdale.”

Still, shows at The CW tend to hang on much longer than they would on other networks due to niche targeting.

The new shows for the 2017-2018 season are:

  • “Valor,” a military drama about an elite unit of Army helicopter pilots, with Matt Barr, Christina Ochoa, Charlie Barnett and W. Tre Davis.
  • “Dynasty,” bringing the Carringtons back, with Elizabeth Gillies, Grant Show, Nathalie, Kelley, James Mackay and Alan Dale. From the producers of “Gossip Girl” and “Revenge,” along with the original producers of “Dynasty.”
  • “Black Lightning,” yet another DC comics superhero yarn starring Cress Williams as a man who wants to put his past behind him and run his charter high school. With Nafessa Williams and China Anne McClain. From Greg Berlanti, who is behind “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Midseason.
  • “Life Sentence,” starring Lucy Hale as a girl who thought she was dying from cancer but doesn’t. With Dylan also, Gillian Vikman and Elliot Knight. In part from Bill Lawrence. Midseason.

Returning shows on The CW are “The 100,” “Arrow,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “The Flash,” “iZombie,” “Jane the Virgin,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Originals,” “Supergirl” and “Supernatural.”

Not returning are “Reign,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Frequency” and, living up to its name, “No Tomorrow.”


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