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Upfronts: The CW Promo Reviews 2022-2023

The last up to present at Upfronts was The CW. The CW’s renewed scripted shows are All American, All American: Homecoming, Stargirl, and Walker which all return in the Fall. Also returning are Superman & Lois, The Flash, Nancy Drew, and Riverdale which will air midseason. Canceled shows are 4400, Batwoman, Charmed, Dynasty, In the Dark (final season premieres June 6), Legacies, Legends of Tomorrow, Naomi, Roswell, New Mexico (final season premieres June 6), and Supergirl. New shows premiering are Gotham Knights, Walker: Independence, and The Winchesters. 

Gotham Knights 

What it’s about: In the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder, his rebellious adopted son forges an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies when they are all framed for killing the Dark Knight. Together they work to clear their names and protect their city. 

What we think: Sadly, The CW didn’t release a trailer for this but just on the description alone, this show oozes potential and has got us very excited. Add the fact that Misha Collins is starring as Harvey Dent, and this series gets full marks from us.  

When it airs: Midseason 

Excitement Factor: 5/5 

Walker: Independence  

What it’s about: A Walker prequel series set in the late 1800s that follows Abby Walker, an affluent Bostonian whose husband is murdered before her eyes. On her quest for revenge, Abby crosses paths with Hoyt Rawlins a lovable rogue in search of purpose. Abby and Hoyt’s journey takes them to Independence, Texas, where they encounter diverse, eclectic residents running from their own troubled pasts and chasing their dreams.  

What we think: This was probably the most unexpected pleasant surprise of Upfronts. It seemed as if it would be a copy of Walker in a different time period but they’ve gone in a really exciting new direction. From the promo, it looks as if it’s going to be serialized rather than a case of the week which will surely mean a richer storyline and better character development. They’ve really nailed the Western feel and have brought in an incredible cast including CW favourites Katherine McNamara, Matt Barr, and Mark Sheppard. We can’t wait to see what the pilot brings.  

When it airs: Fall 

Excitement Factor: 4.5/5 

The Winchesters 

What it’s about: Told from the perspective of their eldest son Dean, the Supernatural prequel spinoff centres around the love story and adventures of Dean and Sam’s parents, John and Mary Winchester.  

What we think: We’re always here for a little more Supernatural in our lives so this prequel is very exciting. The promo shows that the prequel will have all the action, humour and heart that the original series had. It does however seem to be aimed at a younger audience, it has a very CW teen feel about it which may be off-putting to those who loved Supernatural for it’s dark and gritty nature. Still, with Jensen Ackles at the helm and very present in the trailer – it’s sure to reassure fans. 

When it airs: Fall 

Excitement Factor: 3.5/5 

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