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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 (Ben 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 new show, actor Ben McKenzie talked about how he got involved with Gotham, how being a law officer in the city of Gotham compares to the L. »
- Christina Radish
StreamFix counts up the best and most notable in new streaming video on the web every week. Check out our rundown of what to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Crackle. Netflix "Silver Linings Playbook" Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence solve mental illness with a dance-off. Watch closely as Jacki Weaver sneaks into frame three or four times for an Oscar nomination. "Beginners" This delightful movie retraces he relationship between a downtrodden son (Ewan McGregor) and his father Hal (Christopher Plummer), who comes out as gay near the end of his life. Worth it to see Plummer in an Oscar-winning role roaming around the real La gay bar Akbar. "One Day" Anne Hathaway's best? Not by a long shot. But if you still have a vendetta against Hathaway for her streak of cloying interviews in late 2012, this is a good way to spite her. "New Girl »
- Louis Virtel
Detectives Gordon and Bullock investigate a child trafficking ring preying on Gotham's street kids, including Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova). Meanwhile, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) resurfaces in the countryside and begins to make his way back to Gotham, leaving victims in his wake in the all-new "Selina Kyle" episode of Gotham airing Monday, Sept. 29 (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox. Based upon characters published by DC Entertainment and produced by Warner Bros. Television, Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. Starring Ben McKenzie ("Southland," "The O.C."), Donal Logue ("Sons of Anarchy," "Terriers," "Vikings," "Copper") and Jada Pinkett Smith ("The Matrix" films, "HawthoRNe"), 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. »
Last week, the Television Critics Association named Fox's "Gotham" the most promising new show of the fall TV season. But does that mean you're going to tune in tonight? We were lucky enough to catch the pilot of Fox's new Batman dark and twisty prequel and we have to admit -- this new series has a lot of promise.
Here are 5 reasons "Gotham" is worth watching:
1. It Appeals to More Than Just Comic Book Fans
There's enough jam-packed in the "Gotham" pilot to make it work for even the non-superhero obsessed or those Batman novices out there. Sure, there are comic book elements and familiar faces to satisfy those looking for the DC connection, but this is a cop show about the crime-addled city of Gotham at its core. Detective James Gordon's quest to track down Bruce Wayne's parents' murderers is the focus here -- Batman isn't a part of this story yet. »
- Alana Altmann
Ben McKenzie has gone from The O.C. to Southland to a fictionalized city riddled with crime on Fox's upcoming drama, Gotham. He's playing a young version of Detective Jim Gordon, years before the famous character becomes Gotham City's Commissioner and Batman's right-hand man. McKenzie recently hopped on the phone to chat with journalists about the show's upcoming villains, his concern about embarrassing himself with this part, and his strange connection to his onscreen partner, played by Donal Logue. Also, in case you were wondering, he totally can grow Gordon's signature mustache, but that doesn't mean he will. Here's what we learned! 1. The part of young Jim Gordon was written with him in mind. "I worked with Bruno [Heller, the creator] on a pilot last year when Southland was ending, and it didn't go to series. He called me this year in January or February and said, 'I have a script that I've written, »
Gotham, which debuts this week, is one of Fox's most-buzzed-about new shows - and for good reason. I saw the first episode of the Batman-inspired series, and there's a lot to love. The show revolves around James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as a young detective working his way up the ranks in Gotham. We meet him right as he and his partner Harvey (Donal Logue) take on the murder of Bruce Wayne's (David Mazouz) parents. The series premieres Monday, and if you like what you read below, you should definitely check out the trailer. It starts out with a bang . . . literally. Let's be clear about one thing: Gotham isn't the story of Batman. It's the story of James Gordon attempting to clean up the crime-ridden streets of Gotham before a superhero rises up to clear the scum away, and Gordon's story begins with the death of young Bruce's parents. I'm not giving much away here, »
With Gotham's pilot episode debuting on Monday night, Fox has released six more clips featuring brand new footage from this highly-anticipated series.
Watch as James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) discusses the Wayne family murder case with his fiancee Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), while the ruthless gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) torments one of her underlings. We also see James trying to get information out of Fish, later trying to console young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). All the while, his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) tries to get out of the case.
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 HellerThe 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 »
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
As Fox’s Gotham swoops onto TV screens this Monday at 8/7c, you will in short order be introduced to a bevy of denizens of the titular city.
Photos Fall TV’s Breakout Stars: Gotham‘s Penguin, a Virgin and 12 Others!
Chronicling the rise of Gotham Pd detective/one day commissioner James Gordon (played by Southland‘s Ben McKenzie), the DC Comics-based drama also stars Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) as Jim’s begrudging partner Harvey Bullock, while Daviz Mazouz (Touch) fills the iconic role of young Bruce Wayne, who has a dynamic destiny awaiting him.
Among the rogues »
You may find other interviews in which "Gotham" star Ben McKenzie discusses the decision to go from a critically admired cop drama ("Southland") to playing a very different sort of officer-of-the-law in Fox's "Gotham." McKenzie has previously talked about the differences between playing a beat cop and a detective, though I think he does it extremely well in our video interview from last week. You may find other interviews in which McKenzie discusses the difficulties finding resources on Jim Gordon's backstory and how that allowed him freedom. I believe McKenzie has talked about his conversations with DC's Geoff Johns and the fact that Gordon won't be getting his trademark mustache any time soon, though he's very amusing in discussing it in this interview. ["At the end of the day, we all know a mustache on me would look ridiculous. It's only a look you can pull off later in your life," he explains.] But I'm prepared to guarantee you with near absolute certainty that this is the only Ben McKenzie interview you'll watch in which the "Gotham" star promises that »
- Daniel Fienberg
A man who decides the best way to fight crime in his native city is to dress up as a giant bat has to be a severely damaged individual on some level. But think about how damaged the city itself has to be for the man to think that the bat costume is necessary. Fox's new drama series "Gotham" (it debuts Monday at 8) wants to dramatize the crumbling infrastructure of Gotham City, which would eventually lead to Batman patrolling its streets. And it wants to play with the many wonderful toys available in that corner of the DC Universe, even if Batman himself can't be one of them, since the series begins with a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) witnessing his parents' murder in a dark downtown alley. DC been down this road before with "Smallville," a show that took 10 seasons to let Clark Kent put on the red cape and blue tights, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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
Benjamin McKenzie is taking his role as detective James Gordon seriously -- and he has the scars to prove it!The actor hit the red carpet for the premiere of his new Batman prequel series "Gotham" on Monday night, where he put his battle wound from a set accident on display.The former "O.C." and "Southland" star rammed his noggin into a concrete pillar while doing some of his own stunts for the show ... and sliced his head opened. Making matters even worse: He ended up having to go to the hospital on his birthday!"Sadly, we know now that I'm doing a lot of my own stunts because I messed it up," McKenzie told E! at the premiere. "I was doing a fight scene and I had to drive a guy into a concrete pillar. I did it correctly in one take, and then in the second take, »
- tooFab Staff
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 and SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta 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.
Gotham (8 pm Est, Fox)
Premieres Sept. 22nd, 2014
One of the fall’s most buzzed about new series (the TCA dubbed it the most promising new fall show), Gotham’s pilot succeeds not because of its procedural trappings or comic shoutouts, but because of its smart casting. Ben McKenzie is coming off of a strong run on Southland, one of the more underrated series of the past several years, and he is very comfortable in the shoes of the newly minted Detective Gordon. Partnered with »
- Kate Kulzick
The zombie apocalypse shows no signs of slowing down, at least on the small screen. The new Syfy series “Z Nation” premiered to robust numbers on Friday, drawing 1.6 million total viewers and making the series — which hails from “Sharknado” producers The Asylum — the channel's highest-rated acquired scripted series since the 2006 premiere of “Doctor Who.” See video: DJ Qualls and Harold Perrineau Are the Nation's Only Hope in ‘Z Nation’ Teaser In the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, the “Z Nation” premiere drew 695,000 viewers. The series, which stars Harold Perrineau (“Oz”), Tom Everett Scott (“Southland”) and DJ Qualls (“Supernatural”), takes place »
- Tim Kenneally
"Southland" star Ben McKenzie accidentally rammed his head into a concrete pillar ... cracking his forehead open while filming the new show "Gotham" -- and the gash is gruesome.McKenzie -- who plays a young version of Commissioner James Gordon on the Batman-inspired show -- posted the pics online ... and says the whole thing sadly happened on his birthday.Ben says he hit up New York Presbyterian hospital shortly after and got stitched up by Dr. »
- TMZ Staff
This is what happens when Batman isn't around to protect people. Ben McKenzie (Southland, The Oc), who plays a young James Gordon in a pre-Batman Gotham City on the highly anticipated Fox drama Gotham, suffered a head injury on the show's set on Friday. Us Weekly had previously reported the news. McKenzie posted a photo to Instagram of himself with a gash on his forehead. "Fight sequence gone awry," McKenzie captioned the photo. "Don't ram your head into concrete pillars, kids. #gotham." He added: "Holy concrete wall, Batman!" McKenzie also pointed out that the incident happened on
- Ryan Gajewski
"Z Nation" kicks off tomorrow night, and after showing us a few teasers and some videos they dubbed "Wtf," the powers-that-be at Syfy have now released the official full-length trailer for the show.
"Z Nation," produced by The Asylum, is an action-horror series about the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The 13-episode "Z Nation" stars Harold Perrineau ("Lost," "Oz"), Tom Everett Scott ("Beauty and the Beast," "Southland"), and DJ Qualls (Road Trip, "Supernatural").
The cast also includes Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga), Kellita Smith ("The Bernie Mac Show"), Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II), Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish), and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies).
Related Story: "Z Nation" Preview - Should You Tune In or Shamble On?
The series premieres Friday, »
- Debi Moore
You can’t have enough zombie shows, and Syfy is about to bring you another one with Z Nation. Brought to you by Karl Schaefer, who brought you Eerie Indiana and Eureka, the show has an interesting combination of stories in play. Three years after the zombie apocalypse, survivors find a person who is apparently immune to the plague, and they now embark on a quest to get him across the country to the last functioning lab they know of.
You may have seen the trailer already, but check out some special clips below, and be sure to tune in.
Photo by: Oliver Irwin/Syfy
Z Nation – Trailer
It’s a man-eat-man world. Z Nation premieres Friday, September 12 at 10/9c on Syfy
Z Nation – Wtf Baby Moment – Clip
Z Nation – Wtf Wheel Moment – Clip
Z Nation – Wtf Finger Moment – Clip
In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, »
- Marc Eastman
If a step-by-step guide were written for how to create a standard zombie narrative, it would be titled "Z Nation." Start with one part outbreak footage, and mix in some overlapping audio clips of news regarding said outbreak.
Simmer it in a stock of basic characters with one part brown-haired stubbly leader, one part love interest, two parts mysterious drifters with unexplained combat prowess, and three parts uninteresting zombie chow to beef up the cast.
Marinade in a standard post-apocalyptic world, equal parts towns trying to make it and traveling caravans with dubious intent. Bake for 45 minutes in standard character dilemmas, adding in a mission to cure the virus for some longevity. Garnish with dialogue.
I try not to be too critical of things for being standard. I can’t expect everyone watching something to have the same breadth of exposure as I do, and in my experience there’s »
- Ted Hentschke
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