It appears that Stephen Amell was just getting used to ‘Arrow’‘s late time slot, but with the show shifting to the earlier time of 8pm on a new night, Monday, he must now deal with the fact that there are some things that just can’t be done on TV in prime time. And you have my deepest condolences.
Here is his tweet.
Would have appreciated a heads up that Arrow is moving back to 8 pm before I reeled off 8,000 squats in anticipation of showing my full bum on television.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) June 28, 2018
Let’s face it, part of what made ‘Arrow’ so popular to begin with was Amell’s willingness to let The CW market the series based on his good looks, with shirtless posters enticing viewers to tune in before its premiere in 2012. This beefcake marketing carried on for a few seasons, actually, before it appears the studio or producers decided to pay more attention to the storylines.
Reading some of the comments to Amell’s clearly
tongue in… er… ahem, not-so-serious tweet, it seems this time shift has “failed this city”…’s worth of fans. But honestly, ‘Arrow’ has been camped out at the later 9pm time slot for a few seasons and while he has shown plenty of skin, it’s always been from the waist up. If they were going to get cheeky, they would have done so by now.
One serious change which may actually take place is that the violence level may be toned down. ‘Arrow’ has always been the darkest and most violent of The CW’s superhero shows. Some of that may change.
Colton Haynes, who plays Roy Harper/Red Arrow on the series, is returning to series regular in the upcoming seventh season and indicated that production on ‘Arrow’ will begin in the second week of July. That could possibly mean that there will be some new footage available to screen at San Diego Comic-Con.
The first new episode of ‘Arrow’, entitled “Inmate 4587,” will premiere on Monday, October 15 at 8pm EST.