By Nate Millado
We're finally getting some New Year's resolutions to last year's cliffhangers! That's because The CW's pandemic-delayed "fall" lineup rolls out this month, along with some newbies: Superman & Lois joins the ever-expanding Arrowverse, while Supernatural's Jared Padalecki reimagines a '90s classic in Walker.
Not to be outdone, CBS is also introducing a pair of highly anticipated new series: Clarice Starling returns to the field a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs in new drama series Clarice, and Queen Latifah stars in a gender-swapped The Equalizer.
Find out when your returning faves—and your next obsessions—premiere with our Winter TV Preview!
Batwoman—Season 2 premieres Sunday, Jan. 17
Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder/Batwoman.
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Bruce Wayne (Warren Christie) is back! Only it isn't really the missing billionaire, but Batman-obsessed Tommy Elliot/Hush (Gabriel Mann) in disguise. What will star Ruby Rose's abrupt exit mean for Kate Kane's story and deep ties to Gotham? And a brand new character to the DC Universe, Ryan Wilder, takes up Batwoman's cape and cowl, played by barrier-breaking Black and bisexual actress Javicia Leslie.
All American—Season 3 premieres Monday, Jan. 18
Daniel Ezra as Spencer in All American.
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Star football player Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) transfers from Beverly Hills for his senior year—although his shoulder isn't 100%. Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) follows his highly touted recruit to South L.A. as Crenshaw's new head coach. Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) commits to Simone and her unborn baby, even though he's not the father. Olivia (Samantha Logan) struggles with her past drug addiction. Layla (Greta Onieogou) and Coop (Bre-Z) go on a summer tour. Asher (Cody Christian) inches toward reconciliation with the mom who abandoned him. After Tyrone (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) is murdered, his sister Mo (Erica Peeples) returns with revenge in mind.
Riverdale—Season 5 premieres Wednesday, Jan. 20
Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper in Riverdale.
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In the Season 4 finale, Mr. Honey (Kerr Smith) canceled prom! But rest assured, we'll see the last dance in the Season 5 premiere. Speaking of Mr. Honey, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) killed off the much maligned principal in a story he submitted to the University of Iowa but revised the ending after Mr. Honey wrote him a glowing recommendation. Archie (KJ Apa) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) kiss but keep their lip-lock a secret from Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Jughead; the childhood friends ended whatever was brewing between them. The perp behind the chilling videotapes remains at large.
Nancy Drew—Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Jan. 20
Kennedy McMann stars in Nancy Drew.
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The mystery show ended its freshman season on a deadly note. Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) and crew saw their impending fates flash before their eyes, thanks to the Aglaeca curse: Nancy apparently jumps off a Horseshoe Bay cliff (an eerie parallel to mother Lucy's demise); Nick (Tunji Kasim) and George (Leah Lewis) drown; Bess (Maddison Jaizani) ends up in flames; and Ace (Alex Saxon) is hanged.
Walker—NEW SERIES premieres Thursday, Jan. 21
Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker and Mitch Pileggi as Bonham Walker.
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Supernatural's Jared Padalecki trades monster-hunting for crime-fighting in a reimagining of a beloved action-crime series. Texas Ranger Cordell Walker returns to Austin to reconnect with his two kids while digging into the murky circumstances surrounding the death of his wife—played by Jared's real-life spouse, Genevieve Padalecki, in flashbacks! Back in his hometown, he contends with his conservative family and new partner, Micki (The 100's Lindsey Morgan).
Legacies—Season 3 premieres Thursday, Jan. 21
Danielle Rose Russell as Hope in Legacies.
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Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) journeyed into Josie's (Kaylee Bryant) fairy tale subconscious and inspired Josie to vanquish her dark doppelgänger. Alaric (Matt Davis) reluctantly made a deal with the Necromancer: The hatchet-faced witch will bring back Josie and resurrect everyone he's killed—including Landon (Aria Shahghasemi)—in exchange for Josie's dark magic. Cliffhanger: Landon is still unconscious while Hope also remains asleep.
Charmed—Season 3 premieres Sunday, Jan. 24
The Charmed Ones: Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn, Sarah Jeffery as Maggie Vera, and Melonie Diaz as Melanie Vera.
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Last season, The Charmed Ones (Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Sarah Jeffery) battled the Faction—a cabal of humans trying to steal magic for themselves, led by billionaire Julian Shea (Eric Balfour). In the upcoming season, they'll be forced to try and save the magical world from extinction and navigate a mysterious magical allergy that's keeping them apart, all while attempting to reestablish themselves in the real world ... as a scientist, a student, and a teacher.
The Equalizer—NEW SERIES premieres Sunday, Feb. 7
Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall in The Equalizer.
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When it comes to series kickoffs, it doesn't get any bigger than the prized post-Super Bowl slot! Immediately following CBS Sports' broadcast of Super Bowl LV will be the series premiere of The Equalizer, a reimagining of the classic drama starring multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah.
The Oscar nominee plays Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious past. To most, she's just an average single mom quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she's The Equalizer—an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, using her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn.
The Equalizer premieres Sunday, Feb. 7 at 10/9c (time is approximate after post-game coverage) on CBS and Paramount+. The Equalizer will move to its regular Sunday time period (9/8c) on Feb. 14.
Black Lightning—Season 4 premieres Monday, Feb. 8
Cress Williams stars in Black Lightning.
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Season 3 wrapped up the Markovian story arc but not without a price. Chief Bill Henderson (Damon Gupton) died while protecting his best friend. Black Lightning (Cress Williams) and Gravedigger (Wayne Brady) squared off in The Pit, which ultimately self-destructed. The superhero family headed to Gotham City for a congressional hearing to testify about the ASA's illegal experimentation on the people of Freeland. Glimmer-addicted Lynn (Christine Andrews) continues to pop the drug. And Gravedigger survived the blast—so watch out, Pierces!
Clarice—NEW SERIES premieres Thursday, Feb. 11
Rebecca Breeds stars in Clarice.
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Hello, Clarice! Rebecca Breeds takes on the title role of this highly anticipated new drama—a deep dive into the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in the year 1993. Brilliant and brave, complex and vulnerable, Clarice somehow manages to attract monsters and madmen to her.
Can she overcome a challenging childhood and find her voice while working in a man's world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her all her life?
Superman & Lois—NEW SERIES premieres Tuesday, Feb. 23
Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane and Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent in Superman & Lois.
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Working parents are already superheroes, but what happens when Dad actually is one? Metropolis lovebirds Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Bitsie Tulloch) face their toughest challenge yet: raising teenage sons (Jordan Elsass and Alex Garfin) in Smallville. As if that wasn't enough, a mysterious visitor named The Stranger (Wolé Parks) arrives, bent on proving that the world no longer needs Superman.
The Flash—Season 7 premieres Tuesday, March 2
Grant Gustin stars in The Flash.
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Where we left off: Iris (Candice Patton) remains MIA in the Mirrorverse, and a powerless Barry (Grant Gustin) is still running on empty, while Mirror Master Eva (Efrat Dor) frames Sue Dearbon (Natalie Dreyfuss) for her husband's murder.