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KUNG FU & THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH Lead CW18 Prime's Spring Premieres

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Photo: Title treatments of The CW's freshman series KUNG FU & THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH are pictured. (Credit: CW18 courtesy of The CW)

Spring premieres are shaking up the primetime schedule with new faces, time periods, and seasons on CW18.

Somebody may need to sit down with THE FLASH's Barry Allen to get some answers because this year's "standard" broadcast season timeline is all out of whack. With the normal fall lineup fare starting this past January instead of October, we're just now reaching what typically would be the mid-point of the season. With COVID delays, episodes carrying over from the 2019-20 season to tie up last season's storylines left hanging by the sudden shutdown of productions last spring, and fluid episode count orders and schedules all in play, it's been an out of the ordinary season to remember for any viewer who just wants to see the next adventures of their favorite characters play out on screen.

One benefit of all of the chaos behind the scenes has been the addition of more titles and stories than ever before to the six nights a week prime schedule. The debuts of two new rookies, along with new episodes of returning fan favorites, are about to put the stories of new heroes, villains, and everything in between into full bloom this Spring.

The midseason door is getting kicked in on Wednesday, April 7th at 7pm with the series premiere of KUNG FU. A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Shen (LEGACIES star Olivia Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her own parents (Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky will rely on her tech-savvy sister (Shannon Dang), pre-med brother (Jon Prasida), Assistant District Attorney and ex-boyfriend (Gavin Stenhouse), and new love interest (Eddie Liu) as well as her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice ... all while searching for the ruthless assassin (Gwendoline Yeo) who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her. This gender-flipped reimagining of the original series created by Ed Spielman is paired with NANCY DREW to bring fights and frights to Wednesday nights.

Friday nights will transition from the laughs and illusions of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and PENN & TELLER: FOOL US in April to the magic and ruthless ambition of all-new episodes of CHARMED and DYNASTY in May. WHOSE LINE and FOOL US will take their season-ending bows on original episodes on April 16th, while the Charmed Ones change nights to reunite with the Carringtons for their season premiere on Friday, May 7th. Furry friends get in on the Friday fun with the all-new special WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS: SPRING FLING on April 30th ahead of the schedule change.

Sundays will suit up for a pairing of DC Arrowverse shows May 2nd when the Waverider brings its motley crew to the far reaches of time and space for the sixth season of DC's LEGENDS OF TOMORROW at 7, followed by the continuing battle in the streets of Gotham City on BATWOMAN at its new time at 8.

Elsewhere in the Arrowverse, the super friends take a breather in the final season of SUPERGIRL as Kara tags her Kryptonian cousin back into the 8pm timeslot on Super Tuesdays with the return of SUPERMAN & LOIS on May 18th, and Jefferson Pierce's battle for the soul of Freeland concludes with the series finale of BLACK LIGHTNING on Monday, May 24th. The final episodes of SUPERGIRL will resume this summer.

Taking the reigns from the Drew Crew, the gang at Guiding Hope returns in the thick of Chicago's crime world with the season premiere of IN THE DARK on June 9th. Murphy and friends continue to wade through murky, uncharted waters of scandal, murder, and intrigue Wednesdays at 8pm after KUNG FU. Archie and the gang will continue their pre-planned hiatus through the spring and return to Wednesdays for the second half of the season of RIVERDALE starting July 7th.

Finally, two community-minded heroes give all they have for who and what they love when ALL AMERICAN is paired with freshman newcomer THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH on Mondays starting June 14th. The new series, headlined by Stella Baker and THE TOMORROW PEOPLE's Luke Mitchell, features a rebellious high school teacher who unites her friends and community in an effort to upend a state-backed mining company and her estranged brother's plans to wipe her beloved hometown off the map in order to mine a valuable cache of tech-friendly minerals from under their feet. A loophole revealed by historical maps would allow for the technically unclaimed New Hampshire town to save itself by declaring its independence from the United States, while taking on the daunting task of building a new country from scratch.

The season of change has barely arrived, but you can feel the excitement of new action, drama, and unique new series in the air six nights a week all spring long on Milwaukee's CW18!

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