The Flash Season 6 Gets New Showrunner

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The Flash has been renewed for season 6! That means way more speedster shenanigans and time-traveling adventures with Barry Allen and his team at STAR Labs. The news was confirmed by The CW at this winter’s Television Critics Association Press Tour.

“This season, we expanded our primetime schedule to six nights with the addition of Sunday — which has been an unqualified success for the network, our affiliates and our advertisers,” CW president Mark Pedowitz said in a statement. “In addition to growing our schedule across the week, we also continue to add more year-round programming.  The early renewal of these signature CW series gives us a head start on laying out the 2019-2020 season, and this is just the beginning,” said Pedowitz.  “These shows provide a strong foundation for our multiplatform programming strategy, and we look forward to building on this with even more returning and new shows as we approach the May upfront.”

But there will be some changes in the new season. Current showrunner Todd Helbing is stepping down to “focus on development” instead. Helbing will be replaced by Eric Wallace, who has served as an executive producer on the show this season.

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“From his first day on The Flash, Todd Helbing has been a leader on the show, beloved by the cast and crew for his exceptional talent, vision and wonderful attitude. We are all sad to see him go, but we will all be better for the many shows he will no doubt create and run in the future,” The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “Eric Wallace has proven his own exceptional talent and voice since season four, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to watch how he shapes the future of Team Flash and the many thrilling adventures that lay ahead for our characters and dedicated fans.”

The Flash Season 6 Story

What The Flash season 6 will have in store for its heroes is anybody’s guess at the moment, but we do know that, at the very least, the show will feature some sort of lead up to and deal with the aftershocks of this year’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event, which promises to shake the Arrowverse to its very core. There’s no doubt that life will change for Barry, especially after an event as famous as DC’s biggest and best Crisis. As some of you already know, a DC Crisis usually means that a Flash is about to die…

Of course, Barry isn’t the only speedster in the Arrowverse. There’s also Nora West-Allen, Barry and Iris’ daughter, also known as the speedster XS. No death would be more devastating for the Flash family than the heir to Barry’s legacy. Whoever the Crisis claims (although given the recent Arrow news, we have our suspicions) it probably won’t be easy to say goodbye. 

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about The Flash season 6. In the meantime, check out our primer on what exactly Crisis on Infinite Earths means for the Arrowverse!

The Flash Season 6 Release Date

The Flash is expected to premiere in Fall 2019. Historically, it’s usually the first Tuesday after New York Comic Con, which ends on Oct. 9, this year. So, for the moment, we’re penciling in Oct. 11 as The Flash season 6 premiere date. We’ll update this as soon as we have official confirmation.

John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

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