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Batwoman joins Supergirl in The CW's female-powered new lineup


Ruby Rose plays the openly gay lead in Batwoman. CW photo

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The CW is still perceived as a tyke among the Big Four broadcasting networks. But it may have fall’s showiest newcomer in Batwoman, in which the crime fighting lead character is gay and “still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend.”

She’ll join Supergirl on Sunday nights, adding to the network’s always plentiful supply of comic book-bred characters.

The CW otherwise has added just one other new fall series, plus another drama set for midseason. Its cancellation corral is sparsely populated with Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and iZombie.

Here are The CW’s two new fall series:

Batwoman (drama) -- After a dishonorable discharge from military school, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) returns to a tattered, crime-ridden Gotham City three years removed from Batman’s mysterious disappearance. Her decision to moonlight as Batwoman is steeled by the rampaging Alice in Wonderland gang, headed by none other than Alice (Rachel Skarsten). “But don’t call her a hero yet,” CW publicity materials caution. “In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.” All of this is from producer Greg Berlanti, of course. He also presides over the network’s Supergirl, Arrow and The Flash.

Nancy Drew (drama) -- The teen sleuth’s plans to enter college are waylaid by her mother’s death and the murder of a socialite in which Nancy (Kennedy McMann) is a prime suspect. Joining forces with four other high schoolers present at the scene of the crime, Nancy also encounters a “supernatural presence” that could be friend or foe. OK, enough.

Here is The CW’s night-by-night fall lineup:

All American
Black Lightning

The Flash

Nancy Drew



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The CW also has announced this lone midseason series while noting that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, In the Dark, Roswell, New Mexico and The 100 will all be returning at some point:

Katy Keene (drama) -- Spun off from Riverdale, it spotlights four “iconic” Archie comics characters, principally the title character (played by Lucy Hale).

She’s joined by Josie McCoy, Pepper Smith and Jorge Lopez/Ginger, with all of them “chasing their twentysomething dreams” in New York City. For starters, Katy winds up working at Lacy’s Department Store, which may or may not have its own Thanksgiving Day parade.

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