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Channel Surfing: TV Picks for the Week of 04/20/20

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Channel Surfing: TV Picks for the Week of 04/20/20

The Arrowverse returns, the NFL Draft and a Penny Dreadful Spin-Off

Superheroes, sports and horror highlight an eclectic mix of what’s happening this week on TV. After a COVID-19 induced postponement, the Arrowverse shows come back with new episodes. Afterwards, for three nights, one of the NFL’s biggest events airs on multiple channels. Then the Penny Dreadful world expands with a new spin off.

Return of the Arrowverse

It’s no surprise that COVID-19 greatly affected the entertainment industry causing some networks to indefinitely suspend airing new episodes and cut ending series short. The CW reshuffled their spring schedule and now their programming is returning to finish off the season. Last week, we saw Riverdale, among others, hit TV screens and now, the channel’s shared superhero universe is coming back.

Beginning on Tuesday, April 21, fans can watch original episodes of both The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Then on the following Sunday, April 26, gear up for some girl power when Supergirl and Batwoman return for new adventures. With a week and a half before comics are distributed again, TV is one of the better options to scratch that superhero itch.

Yay Sports!

Sports are also hit hard by the current pandemic with nearly everything coming to a halt. It’s been fun turning to video games to simulate seasons and watching fan favorite superstars compete in eLeagues of their respective real-life professions, but who’s ready for real sports? One of the NFL’s premiere events will be televised this week.

Beginning on Thursday, April 23, and running until Saturday, April 25, is the NFL Draft. Mimicking what millions do every year for their fantasy leagues; this year’s draft will be done exclusively online with Commissioner Goodell announcing picks from his home. Will LSU’s Joe Burreaux (Burrow) be the first pick? Who will be this year’s sleepers and busts? Catch the NFL Draft on multiple channels including ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio.

Channel Surfing: TV Picks for the Week of 04/20/20

Socially Conscious Horror

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is a spin off of the Showtime horror drama series. It takes place 50 years after the original in Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood. A war is brewing between Santa Muerte and the devil and the city’s citizens are taking sides.

The show combines supernatural elements with social and political issues. It also explores the deep history of L.A. such as the building of the city’s first freeways, its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels premieres Sunday night, April 26, on Showtime.

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