How Covid-19 Has Changed The CW—and When Its Schedule Could Return to Normal

After ratings ‘pain’ last fall without its biggest shows, network is ready to finally start its season

Batwoman, which features Javicia Leslie stepping in for original star Ruby Rose, is one of The CW's 12 shows returning in January and February. CW

Last May, while several broadcasters were still holding out hope that they would be able to have a normal fall season despite the pandemic-related production shutdowns, The CW was one of the first networks to throw in the towel. The network said it would delay its 2020-21 TV season until January 2021—when most of its scripted shows would begin to premiere—and air mostly acquired and unscripted shows in the fall.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.