The Watchman: ‘Batwoman’ Kicking Butt On CW, Ben Bailey Driving Them Wild on Bravo

Batwoman has begun on The CW. Ruby Rose plays Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman, a lethal street fighter with a passion for social justice. Meagan Tandy plays Sophie Moore, a military-grade security officer who has been kidnapped.

Batman has mysteriously disappeared, and Gotham is in a bad place. Tandy said America is ready for a fearless female, or two, thwarting the heels. “I think it will be really awesome for people to see a woman out there, defending Gotham and being strong and powerful,” she said at the TCA Press Tour.

The CW's 'Batwoman'

The CW's 'Batwoman'

Berlanti Productions produces Batwoman in association with Warner Bros. Television. The cast also includes Dougray Scott and Rachel Skarsten.

Sophie has a soft side to go along with her toughness. “People are really going to love Sophie because she can be bad-ass, but is also really sweet,” Tandy said.

The CW described Batwoman as “an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.” The show shares Sundays with Supergirl.

“If people are looking for something dark and sexy, but also funny,” Tandy said, “this is the show.”

If people are looking for something offbeat and funny, and set in a taxicab, there are few choices other than Cash Cab. Bravo is bringing back the game show on the move, which debuts Oct. 7. Cash Cab ran on Discovery from 2005 to 2012, then again in 2018 and 2019.

Bravo feels it is right for the network. “We’re always looking for new opportunities to diversify our programming, and for ways to extend our programming to co-viewers,” Rachel Smith, executive vice president of development, Bravo and E!, said. “It’s smart, it’s irreverent and it’s pop culture-focused.”

The reboot won’t feature major changes. Maybe a bit more pop culture, and likely some familiar faces from the Bravo universe. “The format is truly beloved,” Smith said.

That means Ben Bailey stays on as host. Smith noted how he can drive a taxi, host a game show and crack jokes all at the same time. “It’s a juggling act not many people can do,” she said.

Cash Cab premieres on a Monday, but will air Sundays- Thursdays. Contestants get two shout-outs if they need help — one on social media, and one to a stranger on the street. Three wrong answers and they’re booted out.

It being 2019 and all, has Bravo ever considered Cash Uber or Cash Lyft? Those may not roll off the tongue like Cash Cab, but still. “It’s something we’re definitely looking into,” Smith said, “and continue to explore.”

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.