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Gotham fits right in with the golden age of comic book TV shows, but it needs something else that is going to compel viewers
Whats different about Gotham, which premieres on 22 September in the Us and on Channel 5 in the UK in October, is that it is a superhero show without a superhero. Creator Bruno Heller (the man behind The Mentalist and HBOs Rome) has promised the Caped Crusader will never appear. So how does the show compare to others in the genre? Very well indeed.
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- Brian Moylan
Like far-reaching ripples made by a stone plopped in a still pond, three shots in Dallas changed the course of America’s history on November 22nd, 1963. The assassination of President Kennedy has been debated and analyzed for decades, but in Stephen King’s novel, 11/22/63, one man has the chance to erase it from history in a time-bending journey that’s now being adapted into a new series for Hulu.
An upcoming Hulu original series, the adaptation of 11/22/63 will be executive produced by Stephen King, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), who will also script the project. J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television are backing the adaptation, which is being developed as a nine-hour event series. We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements. In the meantime, we have the official press release with full details (via TV by »
- Derek Anderson
If you're looking for a handsomely produced cop show set in a Blade Runner–ish world gone to hell, Gotham will give you what you crave. Created by Bruno Heller, who gave us CBS's The Mentalist, it's certainly the best-looking new series on network television: The dystopian cityscapes are feature-film quality.Be warned, though: There's no superhero action as established in the movies without whose massive box-office hauls Gotham would not exist. The saga starts by reenacting the murder of future Batman Bruce Wayne's parents and touches on other aspects of DC Comics mythology along the way, but this is mostly a realistic, or "realistic," story. The cops and crooks dress with flair, but nobody's dolled up like it's Halloween yet. There are no capes, no cowls, no Batmobile chases, nada. If it weren't for the Batman Babies aspect of this show — i.e., "Hey, that's the lady who's gonna be Poison Ivy! »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
One of the most highly anticipated new shows of the season is the Fox drama series Gotham. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) and with a beautifully cinematic pilot directed by Danny Cannon (the CSI franchise, Nikita), it is the origin story for a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, as it shows what made them the formidable adversaries that they eventually become. At its core, it is the story of Detective James Gordon’s (Benjamin McKenzie) rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and it chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time. During this recent interview to promote the show’s September 22nd premiere, showrunner Bruno Heller talked about not doing a villain-of-the-week format, how much the city of Gotham shapes the story that they’re telling, »
- Christina Radish
Tonight, Fox enters the new television season with what is certainly the must-see premiere of this fall. Gotham tells the untold story of DC Comic’s most infamous city and its heroes and villains, who are forced in to unlikely relationships while struggling for control of a world whose dark future is already written.
The pilot, written by creator Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), follows Gotham City Police Department’s new recruit, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), and his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) as they investigate Gotham City’s most important case, the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. With help from Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) in the Gcpd lab – and a ...
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- Anthony Ocasio
Happens all the time in the Bat-verse: The bad guys get all the best material. And so it was in the beginning, or at least in the origin story as presented by Fox's stylish, vividly hardboiled Gotham (8/7c), an exercise in pulp-noir chic that, to be enjoyed properly, should be considered more Dick Tracy than Batman in approach.
As Robin might proclaim, if he were around (which he isn't): Holy corruption! The sordid Gotham City on display here reflects executive producer Bruno Heller's time spent on HBO's Rome rather than his sunnier stint with The Mentalist. This city of menace boasts a retro sheen cluttered with jarring contemporary details, projecting what's intended as an out-of-time (or timeless) quality to frame this iconic story. You know how it goes: Young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz of Touch) is orphaned when his wealthy parents are murdered in a back-alley robbery, inspiring »
- Matt Roush
Leftenants, it’s time to get back to duty.
After a nearly eight-month hiatus — a long wait, even if you weren’t trapped underground and/or stuck in a hell dimension — Fox’s Sleepy Hollow returns tonight (9/8c) with an episode that answers the questions left dangling by last season’s finale.
How’s Abbie going to escape Purgatory? Will Ichabod find a way out of the coffin in which Henry buried him? Did Jenny survive her car crash? And is Katrina really, truly part of the 21st century now?
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Fox's Gotham is arguably the most anticipated new show of the fall season, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's destined to become a hit.
The new drama, created by The Mentalist's Bruno Heller examines the city protected by Batman long before the Dark Knight was around to protect it. Stepping in as the city's hero is rookie detective (and future police commissioner) Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) who, along with his cynical partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), encounter nascent versions of the Batman franchise's villains, including The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) and The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), while investigating the murders of the parents of a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).
On the Set: Go behind-the-scenes of Fox's Gotham
But as anyone who watched the first two-thirds of ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — last season's buzziest new show — knows, creating a superhero TV series without a superhero can be tricky business. »
- Adam Bryant
Fox has released six new clips from the pilot episode of Gotham. They give you a much better taste of what the series is going to give Batman fans. Having seen the pilot episode, I think this is going to be a very successful series.
Gotham traces the rise 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") and starring Ben McKenzie ("Southland," "The O.C."), Jada Pinkett Smith ("Hawthorne," "Collateral") and Donal Logue ("Vikings," "Sons of Anarchy"), Gotham follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
The series is set to premiere on Monday, September 22nd.
- Joey Paur
There’s a new sheriff in town on Grimm.
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Trucks’ character, Deputy Janelle Farris, will request Nick and Hank’s help with a highway-crime scene that seems a little… off. (In or around Portland?! Who would’ve thought?)
Further details about Farris are slim, save this mysterious piece of info from the official character breakdown: “She finds herself pushing her resilience to the limit. »
Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick, SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta, and SoS lead TV critic Randy Dankievitch with their initial impressions on the networks’ new offerings.
Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.
Forever (10 pm Est, ABC)
Premieres Sept. 22nd and Sept 23rd , 2014
Among ABC’s new fall shows is Forever, a series set to focus on a medical examiner in New York who has a distinctive trait; unlike the rest of the population, he is immortal. Every time he dies, Dr. Henry Morgan finds himself waking up naked in a nearby body of water, and he teams up with Detective Martinez to help solve the city’s crimes.
Based on the pilot, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Easily the most anticipated new show of the season is Gotham, and if you weren’t able to attend the premiere party, here’s the next best thing.
It was clearly quite the party, and even if you aren’t among the hopefuls looking for this to become your next favorite show, it’s a series that absolutely has to be watched… for a while at least. Just based on the cast and crew, and any connection to Batman, you have to check out what they do with this thing. And, I have to say, Donal Logue. The End.
And again, even if you aren’t already sold, there’s something interesting about the idea of expanding on the early years, beyond just the flashback that sets Bruce Wayne in motion.
Well, you may as well check out what went on, and get all the more excited for next week’s premiere of the show. »
- Marc Eastman
Last night in midtown Manhattan, the New York Public Library at 42nd Street was transformed into the Gotham Police Department for the premiere of Fox’s hotly anticipated “Batman” prequel, “Gotham.” Stars Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith and Donal Logue were on hand for the screening of the pilot and after party, which featured penguin-esque waiters serving cocktails and a band laying down some smooth vocal jazz. “Gotham” was conceived by Bruno Heller ( “Rome,” "The Mentalist”) and tells the story »
- Mike Ayers
Let’s get this out of the way up-front – the opening episode of Gotham is very good indeed. Many may have been sceptical about a Batman show without Batman, but Warner Bros. has created something highly interesting here.
While there are a few moments that might entice an angry minority in some comment boards (aren't there always?), we got the feeling at this screening that the vast majority will love Gotham’s premiere outing. And while we’re not going to discuss plot details here, there was plenty of other stuff to love.
Firstly, from literally the opening shot, it’s very clear that executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (whose previous offering The Mentalist has already impressed on Channel 5) has done his homework. His portrayal of Gotham City hits all the right notes – its dingy alleys, »
Owain Yeoman is a traitor.
The Mentalist alum has come on board AMC’s historical spy drama Turn as a series regular for Season 2, playing Benedict Arnold, per The Hollywood Reporter.
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Arnold, of course, was an American Continental Army general during the Revolutionary War, who defected to the British side.
Yeoman exited CBS’ The Mentalist last season after the show underwent a bit of a creative makeover, jumping ahead two years.
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* Linda Hunt’s NCIS: La character Hetty will visit CBS’ new drama Scorpion, »
In their second annual poll, the Television Critics Association have selected Fox's Gotham as the most promising series of the upcoming season, followed by The CW's Jane the Virgin and Showtime's drama The Affair. The upcoming DC Comics based show also topped the drama category, with The Affair landing in second place edging out How to Get Away With Murder. Of course getting over with critics is one thing, but how will fans react to some of the more glaring alterations to Batman mythos? We'll find out when Gotham premières on September 22. In the meantime, here's a new banner. The series follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes. The entirely new, untold chapter comes from executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”) and stars Ben McKenzie (“Southland, »
A couple new character promos have been released for Fox's highly anticipated new series Gotham. They are basically featurettes that include footage and interviews with the cast and crew of the show as they talk about certain characters. The first promo focuses on Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, played by Robin Lord Taylor. The second focuses on Jada Pinkett Smith's character Fish Mooney.
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.
The series is set to premiere on Fox on September 22nd, and I think fans are going to love it.
- Joey Paur
Fox’s Gotham has loads of very familiar faces including James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), but we’ve also got a brand new character in the mix, Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney, a ferocious up-and-comer in the criminal underworld out to take over for Carmine Falcone (John Doman). Fox just released a brand new promo for the show offering up additional details on who Fish Mooney is and what she’s after. Hit the jump to check out the Gotham featurette. The show is set to kick off on Monday, September 22nd and also stars Donal Logue, Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Cory Michael Smith and Zabryna Guevara. Here’s the extended synopsis for Gotham 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. »
- Perri Nemiroff
The series follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes. The entirely new, untold chapter comes from executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”) and stars Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” “Collateral”). Gotham kicks off Monday, September 22. »
With less than two weeks until the pilot episode of Gotham debuts, Fox is introducing fans to the main characters through a series of new featurettes. Following The Penguin preview released last weekend, the network has released a new featurette focusing on Jada Pinkett Smith's Fish Mooney.
Jada Pinkett Smith herself reveals that Fish Mooney has designs on taking over the criminal underworld of Gotham from an aging Carmine Falcone, while series creator Bruno Heller comments on her seductive nature. DC's Geoff Johns also comments on how this character was created specifically for Gotham, along with plenty of new footage from this upcoming series.
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 »
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