With the release this morning of The CW’s 2014/2015 schedule, we get a nearly complete picture of what the TV landscape will look like for comics-based series.
“Gotham,” the Fox drama that explores not only the backstory of Commissioner Gordon but also the origins of many of Batman’s greatest foes, kicks off the weekly lineup Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, serving as a lead-in to the supernatural police procedural “Sleepy Hollow,” the surprise hit of Fox’s 2013/2014 schedule.
The CW’s “Arrow” spinoff “The Flash,” starring Grant Gustin as the DC Comics superhero, will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m., the spot previously occupied by “The Vampire Diaries” spinoff “The Originals” (which moves to Mondays at 8 p.m.). “Supernatural,” which enters its 10th season, will remain at 9 p.m., placing it up against the returning “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which ABC has moved from its earlier slot.
The CW’s “Arrow” is back for a third season in its familiar haunts, Wednesdays at 8 p.m., serving as a lead-in to the post-apocalyptic drama “The 100.”
“Constantine,” the supernatural drama based on DC Comics’ “Hellblazer” will anchor NBC’s Friday lineup at 10 p.m., following the returning fantasy police procedural “Grimm.” While that night has long been branded as the “death slot,” where many a show has faded into the great beyond, it’s also treated a handful sci-fi/fantasy series at least fairly well. “The X-Files,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Supernatural” come immediately to mind, plus “Grimm” has managed to survive there.
Two other comics-based series won’t premiere until midseason: The CW’s “iZombie,” the Rob Thomas drama inspired by the Vertigo comic by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred; and “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” the Hayley Atwell-starring period drama that spins out “Captain America: The First Avenger” and the Marvel One-Shot.