Swamp Thing actor celebrates the show’s return on The CW

Swamp Thing -- Ep. 110 -- "Loose Ends" -- Photo Credit: Fred Norris / 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Swamp Thing -- Ep. 110 -- "Loose Ends" -- Photo Credit: Fred Norris / 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

Swamp Thing found a new home on The CW and suit actor Derek Mears tells us when you can expect it.

WarnerMedia didn’t spend very long in the Swamp and opted to cancel Swamp Thing after the first episode dropped on DC Universe. That seemed to be it until The CW, in need of content, acquired the broadcast rights and added the doomed show to its schedule.

CW gave Alec Holland a new life, above the one The Green bestowed on him, and now we know when we can start watching again – without signing up for DC Universe or buying the Blu-ray.

Derek Mears, a stuntman and actor who’s become a horror icon and wore the mossy suit, retweeted a story about the show’s resurgence with the comment “See you Oct. 6th.”

That’s right, Swamp Thing premieres October 6th, a Tuesday – the same night and timeslot as fellow DC Universe original, Stargirl. Its first episode, an hour-long pilot, will be given 90 minutes of airtime, probably adjusting for commercials.

Swamp Thing debuted last year, streaming exclusively on DC Universe. Produced by Underworld director Len Wiseman and Aquaman director James Wan through his Atomic Monster production label, it ran for 10 episodes after the season was drastically cut from 13.

The show was canceled by Warner despite glowing reviews from viewers, especially the fans who approved the translation from page to screen. No good or formal reason was given but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, so-called “insiders” of the “mover” and “shaker” variety thought the series was going to be “a dud.” They followed through just enough to finish a full season and expand their library of content, managing in the process to pull the plug.

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Based on the iteration in the comics by Alan Moore, Swamp Thing starred Mears as the title creature and Andy Bean as his human form, Holland. However, the plot really centered around Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed), a CDC doctor returning to her boggy hometown in Louisiana to investigate a swamp-born virus. In turn, Abby also comes home to all the drama she left behind and strikes up a romance with the tragic Alec.

Prior to CW picking up the show, they teased the character’s presence. Derek Mears first appeared under all the makeup at the tail end of The CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths Arrowverse crossover event in a montage of other earths out in the DC Multiverse. The casts of DC Universe’s Titans and Doom Patrol were also featured.

Who knows what re-airing Swamp Thing’s lone season will lead to? Hopefully, a second season – even with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot holding Justice League Dark characters on reserve for himself (of which Swampy is one).

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Have you seen Swamp Thing or are you discovering it for the first time? Let us know and if you plan on tuning in this fall.