TV Talk

Smallville Superman Tom Welling Joins CW's Arrowverse Crossover

Plus, Peaky Blinders season 5 gets a trailer, The Big Bang Theory finds a streaming home, and more of the week's biggest TV news.

by | September 20, 2019 | Comments

This week’s biggest TV story involves a major superhero milestone, some Big Bang Theory nostalgia (yes, already), a post-Game of Thrones role for one of its biggest stars, and more.


Tom Welling’s Clark Kent Joins The CW’s Mega-Superhero Crossover

SMALLVILLE, Tom Welling, 'Bloodline', (Season 8, episode 160, November 6, 2008), 2001-2011. © Warner Brothers Television/courtesy Everett Collection

(Photo by Warner Brothers Television/courtesy Everett Collection)

Major superhero news: The CW’s original Superman, Smallville star Tom Welling, is suiting up for the network’s epic Arrowverse crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” While the prequel series famously didn’t show Welling’s Clark Kent donning his Superman cape until the final episode, we’ll find out what has happened to him in the almost-decade since Smallville ended.

“Tom is incredible. Bringing back his Clark is something we always wanted to do for Crisis,” Arrowverse executive producer Marc Guggenheim said on Twitter.

He’ll be joined by two more Supermen: Brandon Routh, who stars on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, will reprise his Superman Returns role in the crossover; Supergirl’s current Superman, Tyler Hoechlin, will reprise his role as well. Hey — there are infinite Earths, so theoretically that means infinite Supermans too.

The crossover begins with the Dec. 8 episode of Supergirl, continuing into a special Monday night airing of Batwoman and a regularly scheduled Tuesday night episode of The Flash on Dec. 10 before pausing for the winter hiatus. The story then concludes on Tuesday, Jan. 14 with Arrow and a “special episode” of Legends.

Trailers: Peaky Blinders, Supernatural’s Final Season, More

Peaky Blinders is back: The series returns to Netflix for its fifth season on Oct. 4. The streaming service released a full trailer for the upcoming season, which features Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby, now serving in Parliament, dealing with the financial crash of 1929.

You can also watch the following new trailers:

The Big Bang Theory Cast Is Already Reuniting

The Big Bang Theory just ended, but two of its stars are already staging a reunion. According to Deadline, Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik will executive produce the new multi-camera sitcom Carla, which Fox ordered straight to series. Bialik will also star as the titular character, “a 39-year-old woman who struggles every day against society and her mother to prove that you CANNOT have everything you want — and still be happy. Which is why she spent the money her parents set aside for her wedding to open a Cat Café in Louisville, KY.” It’s based on the BBC sitcom Miranda, which ran for three seasons between 2009 and 2013.

Speaking of BBT, when HBO Max launches in the spring of 2020, it’ll contain a vast library of hit shows — including one of television’s biggest shows from the past decade. All 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory will be available to stream on the service. It’ll still air in syndication on TBS through 2028.

Baywatch Celebrates 30 Years With a New (and Very Appropriate) Tie-In

It’s been 30 years since Baywatch debuted, and the one-time biggest show in the world is still synonymous with red swimsuits and slow-mo jogging. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, Pantone created the color Baywatch Red, based on the red uniforms of the titular lifeguards.

ABC Is Reuniting All Your Favorites

During the week of Oct. 7, ABC will host mini-reunions of cast members from popular, long-running series during its primetime slate. On Monday, House star Robert Sean Leonard will play a patient on House creator David Shore’s latest series, The Good Doctor. Tuesday will see the Blues Brothers – or at least Blues Brothers 2000 – reunite when Dan Aykroyd guest stars alongside John Goodman on The Conners; a Wet Hot American Summer reunion between Michael Ian Black and Lake Bell on Bless This Mess; and the main cast of Girlfriends (Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones, and Persia White) join Tracee Ellis Ross on Black-ish. Wednesday brings a Cheers reunion when Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, and George Wendt guest star on The Goldbergs as well as another look at real-life spouses Leighton Meester and Adam Brody on Single Parents. Thursday sees Charmed stars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs team up with Grey’s Anatomy producers (and former Charmed writers) Krista Vernoff and Andy Reaser, and Jerry Ferrara reunites with Think Like a Man costar Roman Malco on A Million Little Things. Friday will see Diedrich Bader’s Drew Carey Show costars Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, and Kathy Kinney join him on American Housewife, and Ken Jeong’s return to his Crazy Rich Asians costar Constance Wu’s sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. Finally, on Sunday, The Rookie reunites Castle costars Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas with Nathan Fillion.

Casting News

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones season 8 (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins will play the only survivors of a plane crash on a snowy, remote mountaintop in the Quibi series Survive. The duo will battle their way out of the wilderness in the short-form series, which is currently in production and is based on the novel Survive by Alex Morel.

HBO Max has ordered a series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americana. The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira will serve as showrunner, and Lupita Nyong’o will star.

Kiefer Sutherland will star in Quibi’s new short-form series The Fugitive as legendary cop Det. Clay Bryce, who investigates a bombing in the Los Angeles subway that Boyd Holbrook’s Mike Ferro witnesses (and soon becomes the biggest suspect thanks to social media accusations). Ferro must find the real perpetrator before Bryce can apprehend him. Production begins mid-October in Los Angeles.

Marilyn Manson will recur as death metal singer Johan Wengren in the upcoming third season of American Gods. “Bringing his specific energy, wit and boundless enthusiasm for all-things-Neil Gaiman to the role of Johan, a Norse ‘berserker’ in service to Odin, his performance promises to be disturbing, original and uniquely entertaining,” showrunner Chic Eglee told Deadline.

Billie Lourd will guest star in the upcoming final season of Will & Grace as Fiona Adler, the daughter of Grace’s older sister and granddaughter of Bobbi Adler, who was played by Lourd’s real-life grandmother, Debbie Reynolds.

The Voice has hired Taylor Swift to mentor season 17’s contestants.

Season 3 of Showtime’s The Chi is welcoming a trio of familiar faces. La La Anthony (Power), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), and Luke James (Little) will guest star in multiple episodes of the Chicago-set series, which is currently in production in Chicago and will debut in 2020. James will play Victor “Trig” Taylor, Jake’s (Michael V. Epps) estranged older brother who wants to reunite his fractured family, but takes an unconventional approach. Anthony will play Dominique “Dom” Morris, a savvy businesswoman with dreams of more lucrative opportunities. Howery will play Zeke Remnick, the owner of Sonny’s building who cares less about the community than the bottom line.

Constance Zimmer will recur opposite Emma Kenney in the upcoming 10th season of ShamelessJohn Mulaney will play Henry David Thoreau in the Apple TV+ comedy Dickinson, about the poet Emily Dickinson. Willa Holland is returning to Arrow for the series’ eighth and final season, according to TVLine. She’ll recur as her character Thea Queen, the younger sister of the titular character. Amy Brenneman will join Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow in FX’s pilot The Old Man. She’ll play Zoe, a divorcee who rents a room to Bridges’ titular character. Jay Baruchel is joining Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins in Fox’s holiday event series A Moody Christmas, based on an Australian show of the same name.

Jasmine Guy will play a key recurring role in season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy, according to Deadline. The actress appeared in a late-season 15 episode as Gemma, a woman who experienced a freak accident and reunited with Dr. Webber, with whom “she shares a problematic history.” That storyline will play out in multiple episodes of the show’s new season.

Good Girls has found a new member of their criminal team: TVLine reports that Charlyne Yi will join the cast in the season 3 premiere as Lucy, a “quirky artist with ‘mildly impaired social skills’” whom the trio “manipulate to help them with their criminal enterprise.” And per Deadline, Orange Is the New Black’s Jackie Cruz will recur as Rhea, a dental hygienist and single mom who befriends one of the titular characters, to whom she may be more connected than either of them realize.

Development Update

The Boondocks

(Photo by Cartoon Network)

The Boondocks is returning to TV: When HBO Max launches next year, the complete series will be available on the new streaming service, which will also eventually be the home for two new seasons and a 50-minute special of the comic-turned-animated series. Creator Aaron McGruder is returning to helm the 24 new episodes, which is scheduled to launch in fall 2020.

The new series will revolve around “the adventures of self-proclaimed ‘Civil Rights Legend’ Robert ‘Granddad’ Freeman and his two rambunctious grandsons Huey and Riley. The family has recently moved to an idyllic community in suburban Maryland only to see it taken over by the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime. Life under Ruckus turns out to be an everyday struggle to survive.”

McGruder said in a statement, “There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today. It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now — both politically and culturally — more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”

You’re the Worst creator Stephen Falk’s next project will see the writer/producer teaming up with Greg Berlanti for a Showtime drama called Spoonbenders, per THR. “Based on a 2017 novel by Daryl Gregory, Spoonbenders is a genre-busting saga that centers on The Amazing Telemachus Family, a traveling family magic act — which happened to be made up of people with actual magic powers — and the tragedy that finds them forced to reunite 25 years later, when old debts, long-running grudges the mob and the CIA all come looking for them.”

Showtime has ordered a pilot for the hourlong drama Yellowjackets, the story of talented high school girls soccer players who survive a plane crash in the Ontario wilderness, then descend into warring, cannibalistic clans. Karyn Kusama will executive produce and direct the pilot, which is set to film in Los Angeles this fall. The series was created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

dogs olympics streaming movies spy thriller true crime series AMC Wes Anderson Awards Ovation suspense book IFC facebook prank war Interview spinoff spanish Britbox blaxploitation hidden camera Rom-Com The CW Toys Ellie Kemper 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards social media Schedule Tokyo Olympics Turner Tarantino kong Masterpiece versus Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Amazon Food Network Pop TV latino mockumentary OneApp SXSW Film Festival Pop rt archives natural history Starz Reality Competition dark PaleyFest FOX Academy Awards supernatural politics superman GLAAD green book YouTube Podcast concert Character Guide Country HBO Max zombie BAFTA 45 Super Bowl VICE Set visit Watching Series Sneak Peek Disney+ Disney Plus Disney Channel Hallmark Apple TV Plus APB Pacific Islander 2015 VH1 pirates of the caribbean Tomatazos Alien The Witch tv talk animated indie mutant Crackle BBC One TCA 2017 cartoon obituary Action Acorn TV stop motion FX sequel book adaptation romance finale japan monster movies Tumblr BBC batman Superheroe LGBT universal monsters BET Awards Mary Poppins Returns Polls and Games psychological thriller 2017 MTV rom-coms golden globe awards Summer hist james bond space travel aapi TCA Sci-Fi football aliens Pixar laika political drama scorecard Red Carpet romantic comedy Fox News First Reviews know your critic BBC America Music screen actors guild Countdown news X-Men Universal jamie lee curtis Valentine's Day TV One FXX Sundance TV American Society of Cinematographers toronto Lifetime Christmas movies adventure women Endgame TCM justice league Walt Disney Pictures Thanksgiving christmas movies Apple TV+ emmy awards Pirates Comics on TV CMT 20th Century Fox independent Christmas Marvel Studios witnail Superheroes telelvision theme song USA Marvel Television cooking Peacock TNT black Awards Tour 99% Comic-Con@Home 2021 Emmys WarnerMedia trailers kids New York Comic Con Star Wars Comedy SDCC heist movie Teen Western ITV Showtime YouTube Red Certified Fresh fresh Ghostbusters Disney streaming service revenge El Rey 93rd Oscars SundanceTV Rocketman Song of Ice and Fire Turner Classic Movies crime drama binge spanish language harry potter breaking bad renewed TV shows serial killer sitcom Hallmark Christmas movies Chernobyl HBO Amazon Prime Video RT History 2016 canceled TV shows GoT Syfy Crunchyroll documentaries Trailer Mindy Kaling IFC Films nfl Trivia comics television E3 documentary Winter TV Photos italian Lucasfilm Spring TV 90s The Arrangement Paramount OWN Television Critics Association Mystery A24 Extras Calendar popular kaiju Film science fiction sports movies scene in color TV renewals MCU ABC Animation spain japanese sag awards The Purge game show DirecTV Dark Horse Comics Warner Bros. saw nature cancelled TV shows Family Drama Epix award winner target live action miniseries golden globes YouTube Premium technology Avengers Nominations 007 south america anime Nat Geo cinemax ghosts Infographic cults Anna Paquin boxing Winners fast and furious Travel Channel Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Disney Plus ABC Family reboot transformers police drama Paramount Network ViacomCBS Comedy Central mission: impossible Heroines all-time Holiday satire TIFF 2020 Image Comics Tubi TLC dragons cats Opinion Sony Pictures canceled superhero dc Amazon Studios Best and Worst video on demand TCA Awards reviews cars Musicals toy story CBS Women's History Month Elton John DC streaming service 2018 Vudu Kids & Family Television Academy Creative Arts Emmys TV scary movies new star wars movies RT21 franchise australia video archives Cannes TCA Winter 2020 docudrama WGN Fall TV 72 Emmy Awards Spike Mary Tyler Moore Shudder Reality films adaptation TruTV child's play hollywood classics CW Seed streaming razzies thriller Bravo Hear Us Out First Look Adult Swim Rock Columbia Pictures Captain marvel Spectrum Originals disaster Sundance Oscars Musical Logo high school E! biography children's TV adenture period drama remakes king kong slashers FX on Hulu Year in Review The Walt Disney Company docuseries talk show name the review richard e. Grant worst movies singing competition Stephen King discovery 24 frames deadpool Paramount Plus historical drama Trophy Talk Comic Book stoner rotten movies we love Mudbound lord of the rings comedies movie 21st Century Fox Broadway venice Horror See It Skip It chucky PlayStation sequels Election Video Games joker YA ABC Signature Brie Larson DGA spider-man blockbusters DC Universe Grammys cops psycho CNN President Shondaland Netflix Quiz Binge Guide ratings comic books Freeform History Apple strong female leads blockbuster NBA twilight NYCC new york comiccon 2019 Legendary elevated horror international Sundance Now 1990s dramedy rotten hispanic best Fantasy marvel cinematic universe TV movies nbcuniversal unscripted robots comic Cosplay zero dark thirty basketball ESPN quibi cancelled LGBTQ Pet Sematary MSNBC legend Emmy Nominations doctor who TBS Esquire cancelled TV series 4/20 teaser Star Trek indiana jones vampires what to watch anthology USA Network ID critics boxoffice Lionsgate The Academy Cartoon Network A&E Premiere Dates halloween tv VOD Exclusive Video crime thriller directors PBS Nickelodeon Biopics Writers Guild of America cancelled television game of thrones NBC Netflix Christmas movies worst godzilla 2021 Disney jurassic park CBS All Access Lifetime Mary poppins casting werewolf DC Comics Black Mirror crime halloween parents National Geographic Arrowverse Marathons criterion Classic Film new zealand Marvel Baby Yoda festivals The Walking Dead diversity Funimation zombies Hulu medical drama Pride Month asian-american festival Fox Searchlight die hard Holidays crossover 71st Emmy Awards free movies Discovery Channel Martial Arts composers stand-up comedy Box Office GIFs screenings french dceu BET TV Land based on movie Rocky HBO Go Amazon Prime foreign Black History Month a nightmare on elm street San Diego Comic-Con