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The CW to Launch Four New Series in 2017-18

Fall Staarters 'Valor' and 'Dynasty;' and 'Black Lightning' and 'Life Sentence' in Midseason

The CW will add four new series (all dramas; two this fall and two in midseason) in 2017-18, with a schedule impacting four of the five night line-up. Only Tuesday will remain as is with returning “The Flash” and “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”). The fall starters are military drama “Valor” and a revival of 1980s serialized drama “Dynasty.” “Valor” will air in the Monday 9 p.m. hour out of “Supergirl,” while “Dynasty” is scheduled Wednesday at 9 p.m. out of relocated “Riverdale.”

Thursday, meanwhile, will feature veteran “Supernatural” into “Arrow” on a new night and time. And Friday will consist of the pairing of moderately rated one-hour comedies “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin.”

The two new series in midseason are “Black Lightning,” based on the DC characters, and “Life Sentence.” Also slated for midseason are returning dramas “The 100,” “iZombie” and “The Originals.”

What follows is the fall 2017 primetime line-up for The CW and the new program descriptions:

Monday
8:00 p.m. “Supergirl”
9:00 p.m. “VALOR”

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. “The Flash”
9:00 p.m. “D.C. Legends of Tomorrow”

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. “Riverdale” (new day and time”
9:00 p.m. “DYNASTY”

Thursday
8:00 p.m. “Supernatural”
9:00 p.m. “Arrow” (new day and time)

Friday
8:00 p.m. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (new time)
9:00 p.m. “Jane the Virgin” (new night)

New Program Descriptions

DRAMA

“Black Lightning” (midseason)
Based on the D.C. characters, Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered.

Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

“Life Sentence” (midseason)
“Life Sentence” follows Stella (Lucy Hale), a girl who has spent the last eight years living like she was dying (because she was). Just like the “manic pixie dream girl” heroines in her favorite sappy cancer movies, Stella traveled the world, faced her darkest fears and found true love on a whirlwind trip to Paris. But when Stella finds out that her cancer has been cured, she is suddenly forced to face the long-term consequences of the “live in the moment” decisions she made, including marrying a total stranger. And if that’s not enough, she also finds out that her “perfect family” isn’t so perfect after all. Turns out, because she was dying, everyone in her life hid their problems from her. But, now that she’s well, all bets are off. Stella is shocked to learn that her parents, Peter (Dylan Walsh) and Ida (Gillian Vigman), have fallen out of love, partly because Peter spent their retirement helping Stella make the most of her final days, and partly because Ida has fallen in love with her best friend (Stella’s godmother), Poppy.

Also, it turns out Stella may be responsible for the fact that her sister, Elizabeth (Brooke Lyons), gave up her own dreams to take care of Stella and start a family with her husband Diego (Carlos PenaVega), just to give her parents something positive to focus on. Then there’s Stella’s often overlooked brother, Aiden (Jayson Blair), who’s pushing 30 and still lives above the garage, sells Adderall to soccer moms and uses Stella’s cancer to guilt them into sleeping with him. And, of course, there’s her husband Wes (Elliot Knight), a handsome Londoner who she agreed to spend the rest of her life with, thinking that would only be six to eight months, tops. Now that their forever just got a whole lot longer than they were expecting, Wes begins to worry that he can’t continue to pretend to be her perfect husband for the rest of his life. With a real future suddenly in front of her, Stella’s cinematic life snaps into reality, and instead of living like she’s dying, she will have to learn to live like she’s living, and help her family and friends do the same.

“Dynasty”
Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) is charismatic, cunning, and poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire – or so she thinks. When her father, Blake Carrington, (Grant Show) summons Fallon and her brother, Steven, (James Mackay) home to the family compound in Atlanta, Fallon is horrified to learn that the reunion isn’t to announce her promotion – but rather to make the acquaintance of their stepmother-to-be, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley). Cristal is stunning – and almost as young as Fallon, as Fallon is quick to point out – but she isn’t just some flimsy gold-digger to be scared off. Cristal is driven, principled, a savvy publicity maven at Carrington Atlantic, and she truly loves Blake. However, the wealth and privilege of the Carringtons’ world proves challenging to her, as she clashes with the staff, including Blake’s butler Anders (Alan Dale), as well as Fallon, who all make it very clear Cristal doesn’t belong.

Family dynasties flow through blood, and Fallon would sooner draw blood than call Cristal “Mom.” Fallon asks Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley), the family’s chauffeur – and Fallon’s secret lover – to help expose Cristal for the fraud Fallon thinks she is. But when that backfires, and Blake chooses Cristal over his own daughter, Fallon sidles up to Blake’s biggest rival, Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke), mixing business and pleasure to seek her revenge… leaving a jealous Culhane to watch from the sidelines. While the Carringtons’ rocky relationships prove the theory that family sticks together no matter what, Cristal is reminded of exactly that when her nephew, Sammy Jo (Rafael de la Fuente), arrives with a suitcase full of secrets from Cristal’s past.

“Valor”
An elite unit of U.S. Army helicopter pilots called the Shadow Raiders are sent on a top secret mission to Somalia, a mission that goes terribly awry. Only two members of the team return safely: Warrant Officer Nora Madani (Christina Ochoa), one of the unit’s first female helicopter pilots, and her commanding officer, Captain Leland Gallo (Matt Barr), while the whereabouts of their comrade Jimmy Kam (W. Tre Davis) are unknown. Now back in the U.S., Madani and Gallo are the only ones who know the truth about what really went wrong in Somalia. Nora’s boyfriend, First Lieutenant Ian Porter (Charlie Barnett), suspects she’s not telling him the full story, and Jess Kam (Corbin Reid), Jimmy’s wife and Nora’s friend, is frustrated and furious at being kept in the dark. Meanwhile Thea, (Melissa Roxburgh) the enigmatic CIA officer charged with investigating the failed mission, has her own suspicions about what occurred.

With Nora still recovering from a gunshot wound suffered during the mission, the commander of the Shadow Raiders, Col. Robert Haskins (Nigel Thatch), grounds her from flying. But when it’s discovered that Jimmy is alive and being held captive by a group of ruthless terrorists, Nora is determined to join Gallo back in the cockpit to rescue their friend. As preparation and training intensify, Nora and Gallo grow closer, and soon find themselves torn between duty, honor and desire as they wonder who they can trust, and whether the secrets they’re hiding will help save Jimmy… or put them all in terrible danger.

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Written by Marc Berman

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Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  • JimU

    I’m not sure Riverdale is strong enough to lead off the night or it’s that great of a fit for Dynasty.

    • Hello Larry

      I agree with you about Riverdale’s anchoring ability but it was the best fit for Dynasty on the lineup the horrible fit would’ve been the superhero shows or low-rated Friday dramas.

  • moshane58

    I will be checking out Dynasty. Since Reign is over my only other show is Supernatural..

    • Hello Larry

      Same here except I was only watching The Originals last year, I’m more of a rerun watcher for Supernatural.

  • Tracy Flood

    Dynasty and Dallas totally sucked the first time. I don’t need a reboot, thank you.

    • Hello Larry

      You crazy as hell those soaps were TV legends and everybody was watching them back in the 80s. Dallas created the cliffhanger and most exciting off-season buzz ever when JR got shot. Don’t disrespect those two legends and even the reboot of Dallas was good that aired on TNT.

  • Hello Larry

    Dynasty is going to be big one here as I’m looking forward to it as I really liked the Dallas reboot also. I think the show might bring over some new viewers or old viewers back to CW that haven’t been there in a while as the network has mainly superhero viewers right now so this is something different and maybe this helps Riverdale. The slot is great for Dynasty because FOX moved Empire and CBS moved Criminal Minds so it’s an open slot.