The CW’s four-part superhero event will be condensed this year, taking place over the course of two nights in November.
The first half will debut on Monday, Nov. 27, with episodes of Supergirl and Arrow—moving air dates for one night only—and will conclude the next night, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.
“Last year’s crossover was our most successful week, I believe, in CW’s history,” CW President Mark Pedowitz told reporters at the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour. “We felt that in this particular case, we already had Flash and Legends paired. It would be better and tighter in terms of storytelling to make it like a two-night, two-hour miniseries. We thought this was a tight, concise way of doing it. Next year, we may go back to four nights.”
As for the plot of this year’s crossover, “Let me just say, romance is in the air,” Pedowitz said. “What’s the joy of having the third Avengers? It’s the fun of having everybody get together, that’s the fun of it. You get to see a whole different thing. They’re all big episodic productions, but this will be even bigger.”
The CW boss also gave brief updates on the direction of each new season of all four shows.
Of Supergirl, he said, “I’m really happy where they’re headed and they’ve got a great show writing staff. … [Kara] has to find love again. Whether Mon-El comes back or not, who the hell knows, but I don’t want to give up spoilers.”
Of The Flash, he said, “I think we’re done with speedster villains. We’re trying to find the lightness that [was characteristic of]Barry Allen, particularly in the first two seasons.”
Of Arrow, he said, “they found their mojo…last year in terms of that show. They got back to what that first and second year of that show was and I’m looking forward to wherever it goes”—which will include Oliver embracing fatherhood and “recognizing he is the Green Arrow.”
And finally, of Legends of Tomorrow, he said, “they had a rough first season. They had the most fun second season anyone could have. It’s just a fun romp and I think they’ll continue this year.”
There is a fifth superhero series joining the lineup in 2018 when Black Lightning debuts, but Pedowitz clarified that it does not take place in the same universe as the other series.
“I think they’re going to bring a perception and a point of view that we do not have on our existing superhero shows and I’m looking forward to it,” Pedowitz said of showrunners Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.
The CW’s superhero shows return the week of Oct. 9, with Supergirl on Monday at 9 p.m., The Flash Tuesday at 8 p.m. and Legends of Tomorrow at 9 p.m., and Arrow moving to Thursday at 9 p.m.