In what is becoming a disturbingly familiar refrain in the TV world, the next episodes of Supergirl and Batwoman have been temporarily removed from the CW’s schedule and replaced by re-runs. This isn’t the first time this has happened in recent weeks, with upcoming episodes of The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow also being dropped from the schedule ahead of airing. It’s also not the most severe example, with The Walking Dead indefinitely delaying its upcoming season 10 finale because of complications stemming from the coronavirus pandemic in recent days as well.
The news comes less than two weeks (holy moley, this has been the longest two weeks ever) after word broke of widespread production suspensions across the TV landscape, particularly across the large line of Warner Bros. TV productions. While no explanation was given for the Supergirl or Batwoman delays (nor The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow ones previously), we can only assume that it’s because of post-production slowdown as the entire industry continues to practice social distancing and pre-emptive self-isolation.
The Batwoman episode that was scheduled to air on March 29 is called “A Narrow Escape.” Here’s the official synopsis:
“Batwoman (Ruby Rose) encounters a new challenge when an old villain resurfaces, testing the heroics of Gotham’s most stand-up citizens. Alice’s (Rachel Skarsten) limits are tested.”
There’s no new air date set for “A Narrow Escape” just yet, but hopefully it won’t be delayed by more than a week or two. It has been replaced by a re-run of the episode “A Mad Tea Party” for this week.
The new Supergirl episode scheduled for that same night was “Deus Lex Machina.” It has been replaced by a re-run of “Back From the Future – Part Two.” Here’s the official synopsis of the episode that was supposed to air:
“Lex (guest star Jon Cryer) proceeds to lay an intricate plan to bring Lena (Katie McGrath) closer to him, defeat Leviathan’s latest attack, and pit Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and team against Leviathan. It is also revealed how Lex came into power after Crisis.”
As with Batwoman, we don’t have any details on when this new episode of Supergirl will return to the schedule, but hopefully it won’t be too long.
If there’s a bright side to any of this, it’s a sign that Hollywood is taking the COVID-19 outbreak as seriously as the rest of us should be, and any proactive measures to help keep employees at home will continue to help “flatten the curve” of the infection rate. There’s plenty of great TV out there, so we can all use this time to catch up. If any of you have been sleeping on Legends of Tomorrow these last few seasons, hit Netflix and the CW Seed app and enjoy the weirdest, funniest, most uplifting the show the Arrowverse has to offer, and genuinely one of the best genre shows on TV at the moment.
In the meantime, stay safe (and stay home if you can!), stay calm, and look out for each other.