When Do the Arrowverse Shows Return For Their Midseason Premieres?


After a midseason break lasting over a month following the conclusion of the Arrowverse's annual crossover event "Elseworlds," DCTV returns to The CW in January. Including non-Arrowverse series Riverdale and Black Lightning, there are five comic book shows returning to the network within the next two weeks.

It can be tough to keep track of midseason returns, so CBR has compiled a comprehensive listing of the dates and times when, exactly, each series begins the back-half of their respective seasons.

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Just as it led the return of DCTV for the 2018-2019 television season this past October, the first comic book series to arrive this month is The Flash, returning on Tuesday, January 15 at 8 pm ET/PT. Picking up from the events of the 100th episode, the high-speed superhero series features Team Flash continuing develop their plan to stop the villainous Cicada. Meanwhile, Barry and Iris' time-displaced daughter, Nora, returns to her own time to face a familiar foe.

Next up is The CW's popular Archie Comics adaptation Riverdale, returning on Wednesday, January 16 at 8 pm ET/PT. The midseason premiere, ominously titled "No Exit," will pick up after the cliffhanger ending from last month's midseason finale. With the titular town now sealed from the rest of the outside world, Archie and his friends race to re-open their home while investigating Hiram Lodge's connection to a sinister role-playing game and cult surrounding the game's fearsome Gargoyle King.

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The following week, Supergirl returns on Sunday, January 20 at 8 pm ET/PT. While the Girl of Steel had seemingly thwarted Manchester Black for good before  the events of "Elseworlds," the rogue super-powered vigilante is likely not one to take his defeat lightly. Meanwhile, Kara faces more pressing concerns with her opposition to President Baker causing her to leave the DEO. With extraterrestrial xenophonia running high, Supergirl will have to inspire the world despite operating outside of government authorization. And, through it all, Agent Liberty and his xenophobic agenda continue to menace National City.

The inaugural DCTV television series, Arrow, returns next on Monday, January 21 at 8 pm ET/PT. Finally free from prison, Oliver Queen is still adjusting to life after his incarceration for his vigilante activities. As Diggle and Lyla turn to an unlikely ally to help them in their fight against the Longbow Hunters, a new Green Arrow with a very personal connection to Oliver has surfaced in Star City. To avoid new anti-vigilante laws, Oliver will formally work directly with the Star City police to help defend their city against the new enemies.

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Finally, the last DCTV series to return this month is Black Lightning, moving into a new time slot, taking Legends of Tomorrow's old block on Monday, January 21 at 9 pm ET/PT. Picking up from last month's midseason finale, a new teleporting metahuman has arrived in Freeland, as a potential new threat for Jefferson Pierce and his crimefighting, high voltage family. As Jefferson's daughters embrace their new superhero personas, the villainous Painkiller has fully recovered from his wounds and is sure to be looking for revenge while crime lord Tobias Whale starts to realize that the Pierce family has a strong connection to electric-powered hero.

With Black Lightning taking its old time slot, Legends of Tomorrow will return for its own midseason premiere sometime in April following the conclusion of Black Lightning's second season with eight episodes remaining in the latter DCTV series. The midseason finale last month saw Sara Lance agree to have the titular DCTV team join John Constantine in his mission to confront the demonic Neron after fantastical forces have been unleashed on the timeline following their defeat of Mallus in Season 3.

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Meanwhile, The CW's Vertigo Comics adaptation, iZombie, is expected to return for its fifth and final season sometime in 2019 for its final thirteen episodes. The fourth season finale airing this past May had Liv decide to stay on the job instead of retiring while Major had cut a deal with Blaine to bring in fresh brains into the city illegally in exchange for additional wealth and power after the government cuts off brains being sent to New Seattle.

All the previous seasons of Riverdale and The CW's DCTV programming are currently available on Netflix, as well as directly through the network's website and app to stream for free for audiences that need to catch up and/or refresh themselves with the multiple casts of characters and their storylines just in time for next week's midseason returns.

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