The former Dr. Harleen Quinzel may not have received the right movie one that brings in droves of comic book fans with Birds Of Prey, but the Harley Quinn animated series is an entirely different creature. Notably, the DC Universe streaming service has shown that they're willing to cut bait with shows that don't work, like James Wan's Swamp Thing, which received an immediate axe without ceremony. So, it says a lot that DC Universe is running hard and fast with more Harley, four months after her first season celebrated her free-wheeling, feminist romp on the way to finally ditch the ultimate bad and abusive boyfriend, the Joker. He's gone, after attempting during last season's finale to erase Harley by tossing her back into the transformative Ace Chemicals vat and ending up there himself. And the show's now even better for his omission.
When Mr. J laughed his last laugh, though, he also found a way to leave Gotham City and the Legion of Doom in shambles, which gives this sophomore season a marvelous jumping-off point. Basically, we're looking at the apocalyptic version of Gotham right now. The U.S. has disavowed the city, and the police force can't cope with the increasing pandemonium. Harley's just fine with all of this — actually, she's thrilled — and the season launches with more inappropriate humor, along with rampant profanity and violence, but it all feels more amplified. The F-bombs are strategically placed, with none going to waste, and the rip-roaring ride feels even faster than last time.
Granted, DC Universe has not released almost the whole second season to critics, like they did last year, so I can't assure you that the whole season is consistent, but it's off to a bang-up start. Harley has achieved her own sense of self, and she's pumped. She's no longer weighed down by a clown, but the enormous Gotham power void that he's left must be filled by someone, and as the season premiere reveals, is now filled by about 1000 a-holes. It's up to Harley and her gang all guys, and that's kind-of marvelous with her as the leader to narrow down that field of a*holes. Can she rise to that challenge? Fortunately, this version of Harley voiced by Kaley Cuoco has her head in the game unlike Margot Robbie's hollow character, who's in the DCEU wind, and the series keeps pretending that Suicide Squad doesn't exist.
Where does this Harley go after her emancipation has been established?DC Universe/Warner Bros.
A new principal challenge awaits, but also, this Harley is a tough-as-nails lady with heart. I mean, she actually saves a sushi chef from becoming a meal for King Shark. This shouldn't come as a surprise for existing viewers of this series, which sees her as less of a supervillain than an antihero. However, there's still a hell of a lot of guys behaving...
The CW has become the first network to make primetime scheduling changes in response to the seasons of most of its series getting cut short by the coronavirus-imposed mass production shutdowns.
As confirmed by Supernatural executive producer Andrew Dabb on Monday, this week’s Episode 13 of the show’s final season was the last “for awhile.” Starting next Monday, March 30, the CW will air Whose Line Is It Anyway original episodes at 8 PM and repeats at 8:30 PM in Supernatural‘s time slot.
Tonight, March 26, will be the final original episode this spring for sophomore Legacies, its 16th for the season. For various reasons, that is the number of episodes The Vampire Diaries offshoot had wrapped filming before the shutdown. To fill the scheduling hole Legacy‘s departure will leave, the CW is bringing in earlier than previously planned Season 2 of In the Dark.
It will launch on Thursday, April 16 at 9 PM, following an original episode of Katy Keene. In the Dark was originally slated to return May 28, airing in the Thursday 9 PM time period.
Additionally, the CW is moving up the network premiere of DC's Stargirl by week, to Tuesday, May 19 at 8 PM. Stargirl was supposed to preview on May 12 at 9 PM, behind an original episode of The Flash, before taking over The Flash’s Tuesday 8 PM slot on May 26. It will now succeed The Flash, which will have wrapped its abbreviated season by May 12.
To stagger The Flash‘s remaining original episodes, the CW already moved in to replace an original episode with a repeat. It is a strategy the network is expected to use for its other series whose production was impacted by the shutdown, like Supergirl, Batwoman, Nancy Drew and Charmed.
For all series except for Supernatural, the current plan is for all filmed episodes to be delivered and aired this spring, with post-production expected to be completed.
Supernatural, which shoots in Vancouver, had filmed through Episode 18 when production was suspended but the show for many years has been using a Vancouver postproduction/VFX company that has shut down during the pandemic. “Our visual effects and sound departments have closed because of the outbreak. So, right now, the episodes can’t be finished,” Dabb said, assuring fans that the remaining episodes will be produced. “It’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a matter of ‘when’,” he wrote.
The early exit this season allows the CW to have a meaningful final chapter of Supernatural consisting of 7 episodes, which is normal-size cable/streaming season. That is easier to schedule, market and consume than 2 leftover episodes.
Here are the new CW spring premiere dates:
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
8:00-9:00pm KATY KEENE...
Keeping true to its word, Disney+ has updated The Simpsons fans on how soon to expect episodes of the classic animated series be made available in its original aspect ratio. The fledgling streaming service had promised a fix by 2020, and according to a latest tweet, fans should be good to go by the end of May.
We appreciate our fans’ patience and are working to make the first 19 Seasons and part of 20 of #TheSimpsons available in 4:3 versions on #DisneyPlus. We expect to accomplish this by the end of May.
— Disney+ @disneyplus April 2, 2020When Disney+ launched in November, Simpsons fans were quick to notice that older episodes looked noticeably off. Like most television series before the advent of flatscreen TVs, the show originally aired in a 4:3 ratio. To avoid showing black bars on each side of the picture, Disney+ used versions of the show that were cropped into 16:9 format, which cut off visual gags and led to characters looking stretched and distorted in certain scenes as shown below:
Not only are the classic Simpsons episodes on Disney+ awkwardly cropped, but they're stretched in a lot of places too. Bart's head looks 4 inches wider here: pic.twitter.com/fCpmTPasGj
— Tristan Cooper @TristanACooper November 12, 2019In Disney+’s defense, the cropping issue also occurred when FXX started airing The Simpsons marathons, and it’s believed the streaming service simply imported those versions after acquiring Fox. However, Disney was quick to respond to fan reactions, and within days of launch, it promised to offer viewers a choice of aspect ratios in a statement to The LA Times:
“We presented ‘The Simpsons’ in 16:9 aspect ratio at launch in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons. … Over time, Disney+ will roll out new features and additional viewing options. As part of this, in early 2020, Disney+ will make the first 19 seasons and some episodes from Season 20 of ‘The Simpsons’ available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio, giving subscribers a choice of how they prefer to view the popular series.”
While May pushes the limit of “early 2020,” it’s understandable that Disney has had its hands full, as the pandemic has forced the company to scuttle release dates for major blockbusters like Black Widow and Mulan while halting production on a variety of upcoming projects headed for theaters and Disney+.
Via Disney+ on Twitter