Comic Book Showosky | Return Dates/Debuts for DC, Marvel Network Primetime Shows

As of 2016, there will be at least nine primetime shows sourced from a comic book/graphic novel on American network television. Tellingly, none of the established shows are at risk of cancellation…for the time being. In 2014-15, NBC’s Constantine was the odd man out, as a bowdlerized version of a celebrated con artist usually is. 2015-16? I don’t know, Gotham’s performance is underwhelming, which is still great when Fox has no dramas pulling decent numbers beyond Rosewood and Empire. With that in mind, here are winter premiere/debut dates for the current network primetime funnybook shows:

Arrow (The CW): January 20, 2016, 8:00 PM ET/PT (7:00 PM CT, The CW)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW; premiere): January 21, 2016, 8:31 PM ET/PT (8:00 PM ET/PT and 7:00 PM CT, The CW)
The Flash (The CW): January 19, 2016, 8:00 PM ET/PT (7:00 PM CT, The CW)
Gotham (Fox): February 29, 2016, 8:00 PM ET/PT (7:00 PM CT, Fox)
Lucifer (Fox; premiere): January 25, 2016, 9:00 PM ET/PT (8:00 PM CT, Fox)
Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC): January 19, 2016, 9:00 PM ET/PT (8:00 PM CT, ABC)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC): March 8, 2016, 9:00 PM ET/PT (8:00 PM CT, ABC)

The CW
iZombie: January 12, 2016, 9:00 PM ET/PT (8:00 PM CT, The CW)

iZombie: January 13, 2016

iZombie has two entries due to it being exclusive to shomi in Canada.

Supergirl (Global/CBS: 8:00 PM ET/PT; 7:00 PM CT, CBS) aired its winter premiere on January 4, 2016. The next new episode airs January 18, 2016.

If Gloryosky can recommend two funnybook-related shows (having not yet seen Lucifer or Legends of Tomorrow), they are iZombie and Marvel’s Agent Carter. iZombie does a bit more wheel-spinning in its second season, yet at least two second-season episodes (“Abra Cavader”, “Cape Town”) poke fun at The CW’s programming. The first episode after the midseason break, “Method Head”, sees lead character Liv Moore (Rose McIver) on the set of a…teen drama. iZombie should bite The CW’s hand as much as it’s able to. Also, yes iZombie likes wordplay in its episode titles, that’s its thing.

Marvel’s Agent Carter is a period espionage drama, and relies a bit too much on “Agent Peggy Carter is as capable at her job as her male counterparts” in its first season. The show is set in 1946, so the period sexism is unavoidable.

Agent Carter is still a solid show that doesn’t require viewers to need prior exposure to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There will still be references to the MCU. That’s as unavoidable as a Stan Lee cameo.

Greg Berlanti’s DC shows range from mediocre (Supergirl) to great (The Flash), with lots of DC history nods and a decided lack of security detail. There is a risk of burning the audience out, with three straight nights a week of the glorious Flarrowverse. For now, CW viewers eat the Flarrowverse up. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow looks like stupid Silver Age fun, which helps.

The only show Gloryosky won’t claim to support is Gotham. I don’t find the second-season episode I watched (“The Last Laugh”) interesting enough to return to Gotham’s brand of grand Guignol camp. Given the options available both in Batman-related shows and funnybook shows in general, Gotham wafts in the ether for me.

C. Archer
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