How have A.P. Bio, Black Lightning, and other midseason shows panned out?

We’re now in upfront season, the time of year in which the networks and streaming outlets preview their fall lineups. These announcements are usually preceded by some bloodletting, so as we await the decisions from on high—and the inevitable petitions to save this drama or that comedy—The A.V. Club is checking in on…

The CW renews all your favorites, like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane The Virgin, and Riverdale

The CW is a network that gives fans exactly what they want, which is why The Flash and Supergirl had a musical crossover and why Riverdale is actually somehow really good, so in that spirit it has now decided to renew pretty much every one of its shows with a dedicated following—even if those shows don’t have a huge…

Black Lightning is at its best when using superhero tropes to explore family dynamics

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Last week’s episode of Black Lightning saw the show finally come into its own. “The Book Of Revelations” shifted the season’s arc, providing a number of emotional and narrative revelations that also served to snap the season’s overarching story into focus. Up until last week, Green Light didn’t feel like anything more…

Don’t worry about the crossovers—Black Lightning doesn’t need any other heroes

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Crackling with conflict and potential, Black Lightning swoops in to save the midwinter TV season, reinvigorating the superhero genre along the way. The series, from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, is the latest of The CW’s costumed vigilante offerings, though it exists (for now) outside of the Arrowverse. But that’s…