Fox is already beating the hype drum for its new series Gotham as it films its pilot episode.
First up is Donal Logue as Det. Harvey Bullock. In the pilot he’ll be Det. Jim Gordon’s partner, but through out the overall Batman mythos he has had a checkered past of being both a good cop and one on the take. It appears in this series he will be playing the jaded cop to Gordon’s hopefulness. Take the spotlight in the sky for what you will as Bruce Wayne will be 12-years-old in the series. (click either of the posters for much larger views)
Second up is relative newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, the street urchin that will eventually grow up to be Catwoman. (As if you couldn’t guess that by the strategically placed buildings behind her head.) I’m not quite sure what’s up with the fishnets and biker jacket, but the on-set pictures I’ve seen of her filming an action scene make it look more sensible.
Script leaks for the pilot episode are a little discouraging, but we’ll have to see how this plays out when Gotham hits Fox this fall.
As we head into the time for the network upfront presentations, it’s time to start wondering what is going to be renewed and what’s canceled for the 2014/2015 television season. While not all decisions are final, we already know a good chunk of which ones have been renewed. It was a turbulent season to be sure, and more than likely a few more will be heading to the cancelation pile.
Just a brief description here:
Renewed for 2014/2015 Season – Means just that, it’s already locked.
Likely to be Renewed for 2014/2015 Season – Not official yet, but looking good.
On the Bubble for 2014/2015 Season – Could go either way.
Canceled for 2014/2015 Season – Confirmed to not be coming back.
Ending for 2014/2015 Season – Shows that had a planned ending.
I will be updating this list as changes are announced by the networks, so be sure to bookmark it if you don’t see a decision as of yet on a show you care about. The network upfronts where the final decisions are announced will be held the week of May 14.
I have added a table to the bottom so you can see all of the info int he format you prefer.
Fox is ready to get to work on its upcoming series Gotham that will delve in to the early days of Detective James Gordon, a young Bruce Wayne and the other characters that populate the world of Batman. The network has released the series logo along with the synopsis. You can click on the logo above to see the larger version, although it doesn’t reveal much more. I’m intrigued by the inclusion of blimps, a definite nod to the superb Batman: The Animated Series.
The synopsis doesn’t reveal much more than we already knew, and it will be an interesting time in Bruce Wayne’s life to explore. Will the masses, however, be as interested? I guess we’ll find out.
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” “Another Earth”).
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.
GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).
It’s that time of year again where the networks begin deciding which shows live or die, and Fox has come out of the gate with four renewals.
While some shows pick up super early renewals, the spring is where most of the decisions are made. Fox announced on Friday that it would be picking up Brooklyn Nine-Nine (second season), The Following (third season), The Mindy Project (third season) and New Girl (third season). None of these are actually big surprises beyond how early in the process they are. The big networks aren’t holding their upfront presentations until mid-May, so an early March pickup is always a welcome event by series as it allows them to plan. Although with some shows having already shot their season finales, it isn’t like much can change.
Fox has actually already renewed a ton of shows such as Bones, Sleep Hollow, Glee, Master Chef Junior and a few more. It makes you wonder just how much room will be on their schedule for new shows.
For that matter, is Fox ever going to go to three hours of primetime? Why has that not yet happened?
Fox’s Gotham pilot is piling on the cast this week, in the form of both cops and future villains.
Earlier this week we learned Ben McKenzie will be playing Det. Jim Gordon, and now we know that Donal Logue will be playing his partner, Detective Harvey Bullock. Bullock has been a minor character in the Batman mythos for decades, but he usually brings some fun to the stories, and should definitely be a welcome addition.
In addition to the inclusion of Bullock, we’ve seen a few other new roles announced.
Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (eventually becomes The Penguin)
Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, butler and assistant to Bruce Wayne
Erin Richards as Jim Gordon’s fiancee Barbara Kean
Zabryna Guevara as Capt. Essen, Jim Gordon’s boss
It sounds like this is going to be a pretty full kick off to the series. Bringing in The Penguin already? Yikes.
Hopefully this show works out because this is definitely going to be a risk.
Ben McKenzie looks set to make a career of playing cops as he has signed on to play Det. Jim Gordon in the upcoming Gotham series.
McKenzie is best known for his roles on The OC and Southland, but now he will be taking up the mantle of one of the most famous cops in comic books, Jim Gordon. Before he became Commissioner Gordon, he was a Detective, and that’s the time period that Gotham will populate.
This is a big step in the build up to this series that we haven’t heard much about since it was first announced in Sept. 2013. The series will circulate about Gotham City turning into the city we know now with a much younger Bruce Wayne – before he becomes Batman – Alfred and early versions of the villains such as The Joker and The Riddler.
The show already has a series commitment from Fox which means it is skipping the pilot phase, but we’ll see how it performs once it’s on the air. The presumption right now is we’ll see it appear in the Fall 2014 schedule.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Gearing Up for Spring Launch sending science nerds into spasms.
In 1980 Carl Sagan rocked the world of science with a 13-episode series called Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Considering it is has been 33 years since it aired, it is amazing how many people still remember it, and it is still named as one of the most influential science programs ever aired. Fox and National Geographic are gearing up to launch a sequel series called Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will be launching in the spring.
The new series will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and is oddly being produced by Seth McFarlane, best known as the creator of Family Guy and American Dad. Fox started promoting the series last night during the third game of the World Series, but instead of running that 30 second spot I went back and grabbed a longer promo from earlier this year.
As a layman science enthusiast, this is about the most exciting thing I have heard coming down the pike in ages. Can it live up to the original? That remains to be seen, but I’ll say this, the special effects are way more awesome.
Most shows at least get the chance to hit the airwavees before they’re canceled, but Fox has decided to be pre-emptive with its upcoming Us & Them.
Slated for a mid-season slot, Us & Them – a remake of the British hit series Gavin & Stacey – has had the plug pulled before it even finished filming its initial 13 episodes. According to Deadline Fox has been increasingly displeased with the scripts that have been turned in thus far. The network initially planned a hiatus for two weeks from now, but moved it up to re-evaluate, and now the cast has been told they are released from their contracts and are free to seek other work. For whatever reason that is only known to Fox, the network is not calling this a cancellation at this point, but if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck…
Currently Fox is planning to burn off the episodes in some capacity, but no word on when and where that will happen.
Perhaps at some point networks will realize that they should just stop trying to duplicate British shows. It just doesn’t end up working out for the most part.
Fox has renewed The Simpsons for a 26th season, making it the longest running prime-time series in the history of U.S. television.
Yes, there are a lot of disclaimers to just how historic this is as some soap operas have run for decades, and Sazae-san, an anime in Japan just passed its 45th anniversary, but in the U.S. The Simpsons has had a mighty long run. As someone who started watching from the beginning… I have no clue how it’s still on the air. I quit around season 14 when I just couldn’t take it any more. The quality, the subversive nature and the humor were all dead, but somehow it keeps chugging along.
That, or Fox just simply has nothing else to run on Sunday nights.
Either way, congrats to the team, while it may no longer be my cup of tea, it’s still an impressive run.
FOX EXTENDS YELLOW STREAK WITH RECORD-SETTING 26TH SEASON PICK-UP OF “THE SIMPSONS”
“Treehouse of Horror XXIV” Airs This Sunday, October 6, on FOX
FOX has picked up THE SIMPSONS for a historic 26th season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“For more than a quarter of a century, THE SIMPSONS has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures,” said Reilly. “This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it’s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I’m looking forward to yet another landmark season.”
Last Sunday’s THE SIMPSONS’ 25th season premiere ranked as the No. 1 entertainment program of the night among Adults 18-49 and was up +12% from last season’s average.
On the next all-new episode, THE SIMPSONS’ annual Halloween special, “Treehouse of Horror XXIV,” airing this Sunday, Oct. 6 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX, director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) resurrects monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history for the opening couch gag. Then, in the first of three spine-tingling tales, Homer travels around Springfield wreaking havoc in a rhyming spoof of a popular children’s tale. In “Dead and Shoulders” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one. The final frightening tale, “Freaks no Geeks,” features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers, and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge.
Damn it, Chloe! We finally have some idea when 24: Live Another Day will air!
24: Live Another Day received some new details this week such as the 12 episode story will take place four years after the series finale that saw Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) go on the run. It will also, oddly, take place in London this time. “‘24’ has always had such a global sensibility,” said Sutherland, who also serves as an executive producer on the event series. “But to be able to tell this intense ‘24’-style story with the beauty of Europe’s history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating. Hopefully, by the time you’re finished watching an episode, you’ll feel like you’ve been there…on the edge of your seat.”
Expect summer 2014 to be filled with Jack yelling into phones at people he needs help from.
I wonder… do you think Jack will stop to use the “loo” while in London, or will his iron kidneys be able to hold out for a mere 12 hours?
NEW ACTION-PACKED EVENT SERIES “24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY”
TAKES JACK BAUER TO ENGLAND FOR 12 ACTION-PACKED EPISODES
24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Marks the First “24” Production to Film Abroad
Since 2008 Telefilm “24: Redemption”
Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and FOX are sending the production of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY across the Atlantic to London for a thrilling international adventure, as the new tent-pole event series restarts the clock on the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama franchise starring Kiefer Sutherland. As previously announced, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY will make its historic debut in the summer of 2014 on FOX.
“‘24’ has always had such a global sensibility,” said Sutherland, who also serves as an executive producer on the event series. “But to be able to tell this intense ‘24’-style story with the beauty of Europe’s history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating. Hopefully, by the time you’re finished watching an episode, you’ll feel like you’ve been there…on the edge of your seat.”
Co-showrunner and executive producer Evan Katz added, “We wanted the show’s return to be an event, and part of that was putting Jack in a very different context. Four years ago, we left Jack a fugitive from justice and we’re going to pick him up four years later in London.”
Co-showrunner and executive producer Manny Coto continued, “Jack is soon back on the run and it takes us into the streets of London and in places that break new ground for the show. We’ve shot in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Cape Town — but now we’re in London and Jack’s loose on the streets of Europe, hunted by and hunting bad guys.”
Originally premiering November 6, 2001, “24” was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over the course of eight seasons, and a two-hour telefilm, Sutherland garnered seven Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the cultural lexicon.
24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY is a production of 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television in association with Teakwood Lane Productions. Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer and Kiefer Sutherland will executive produce, along with an additional team to be announced. The original series, which had its last American broadcast on May 24, 2010, was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran.
Who was Commissioner Gordon before he worked with Batman? We’re about to find out in a new TV series.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Fox has made a “straight-to-series” order for a new show based around the origins of Commissioner Gordon. The show will be overseen by Mentalist showrunner Bruno Heller and will be entitled Gotham after the famous fictional city.
According to the information floating around, the series will also deal with the villains that made the city famous and not just the day-to-day happenings in the life of a detective. Considering there has always been a chicken-and-the-egg setup with Batman and his Rogue’s Gallery, it’s unclear if these will be the well-known bad guys such as Joker, Two-Face, the Penguin and on, or the more common crooks like mafia boss Falcone, and Joe Cool, the man who killed Bruce’s parents.
With the series commitment to Gotham, this means Fox has high hopes for it and is skipping the pilot phase. Expect to see it on the schedule next fall.
Remember The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie from 2003 that pretty much everyone hated? Someone has had the bright idea to turn it into a TV series.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Fox has ordered a pilot based on Alan Moore’s popular comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. While I mention the comic is popular, I am sure most of you will remember how the movie tanked. Apparently that is what has led to this TV pilot as it is a way to sit on the rights and let them go. Seeing as the series is about public domain literary characters from the Victorian period, this won’t be a cheap undertaking, but apparently Fox is willing to give it a go.
As I’ve explained before, a pilot does not mean the show will necessarily make it to our televisions. It is just the first of many steps in that process. The show will shoot one episode and then present that to the network, which will then decide if it looks good enough for a 13 episode order. If those do well, then it will get an order for what is known as “the back 9″ which will fill out the season.
My gut feeling here? It won’t make it to air, but you never know.
As with all works based on Alan Moore’s comics, the author will not be involved.