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The CW Announces Midseason Line-Up

The Network to Introduce Hour-Long Scripted Series 'Black Lightning' and 'Life Sentence'

The CW will introduce two new series, comic book-themed “Black Lightning” and one-hour comedy “Life Sentence,” and it will back dramas “iZombie,” “The 100” and the final season of “The Vampire Diaries” spin-off “The Originals” in midseason.

”Black Lightning,” based on the D.C. comic book character of the same name, debuts in the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour (out of “The Flash”) on Tuesday, Jan. 16. ‘iZombie” will air in the Monday 9 p.m. hour (out of relocated “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”) effective on Feb. 26. “Life Sentence” will open on Wednesday, March 17 at 9 p.m. (out of “Riverdale”). “Dynasty” will shift to Friday at 8 p.m. (into “The Originals” at 9 p.m.) on April 20. And “The 100” steps in for “Black Lightning” in the Tuesday p.m. hour on April 24. Here is the upcoming CW schedule reflecting the changes:

Tuesday, January 16
8:00 p.m. “The Flash”
9:00 p.m. “Black Lightning” (series premiere)

Monday, February 26
8:00 p.m. “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”
9:00 p.m. “iZombie” (season premiere)

Wednesday, March 17
8:00 p.m. “Riverdale”
9:00 p.m. “Life Sentence” (series premiere)

Friday, April 20
8:00 p.m. “Dynasty” (new time period)
9:00 p.m. “The Originals” (season premiere)

Tuesday, April 24
8:00 p.m. “The Flash”
9:00 p.m. “The 100” (season premiere)

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( 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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