Network: The CW
Premiere Date: Jan. 16

Quiet as kept, DC’s TV products on The CW have been everything their current cinematic efforts have not: lighthearted, entertaining, and fun. So word of a new super-powered series featuring an African American lead on the horizon is enough to pique my interests about Black Lightning. Throw in the fact that it’s executive produced by Salim and Mara Brock Akil—the same husband-wife duo behind top-notch shows like Girlfriends, The Game, and Being Mary Jane—and Krondon, of Cali rap trio Strong Arm Steady, is co-starring as the series’ big bad Tobias Whale, and I’m all in. I'm still curious as to why Black Lightning isn’t part of The CW's Arrowverse (yet), but my DVR is already set for this one. Anslem Samuel Rocque