TBS will air the first episode of ‘Harley Quinn’, the animated series created especially for the DC Universe streaming service. Per TV Line, the episode will air on TBS on Sunday, December 8 at 11 pm EST, as part of the network’s “DCember” event, during which multiple DC-based movies will air. It is currently unknown if this is a one-off airing or if TBS will continue airing episodes of ‘Harley Quinn’ after they become available on DC Universe. It is also not known whether the first episode will be edited, as it contains material that may not be suitable for basic cable. But airing at 11 pm, those rules may not apply.
This announcement follows the revelation that Season 2 of DC Universe’s ‘Doom Patrol’ will also be made available on HBO Max, and ‘Stargirl’ will also air on The CW. Warner Bros insists that DC Universe isn’t going anywhere, but the fact that it is making its original, previously-exclusive programming elsewhere casts some doubt on that. It’s first show, ‘Titans’ is already available on Netflix outside of the US.
If TBS only airs the one episode, it will simply be an attempt to promote DC Universe, but if the show continues to air on TBS, that could be another sign that DC Universe’s days are numbered.
The streaming wars are heating up, with the incredibly strong debut of Disney+, and the quieter launch of Apple TV+. HBO Max is expected to arrive in May 2020, and it has already been announced that it will offer every DC movie from the last 40 years, most of which are not available on DC Universe.
‘Harley Quinn’ features the voice of Kaley Cuoco as the Clown Princess of Crime. Lake Bell co-stars as Poison Ivy, along with J. B. Smoove as Frank the Plant, Alan Tudyk as The Joker and Clayface, and Diedrich Bader as Batman.
Did you check out the first episode? What do you think of ‘Harley Quinn’ so far?