Fox is staying in the Batman business for the foreseeable future, but it may require some serious tweaking to the currently airing first season. The network announced today that it has given the prequel series Gotham a full season order, picking up an additional six episodes of the drama to bring the season one total to 22 instead of 16. However, when Steve recently asked executive producer Danny Cannon at New York Comic-Con what would happen if Fox increased the season order from 16, he sounded less than enthusiastic about the prospect:
“We’re aiming at 16 [episodes] right now and we have two other seasons figured out if they care to give us the go ahead. Once the ball started rolling on all these characters, and Commissioner Gordon’s journey and Bruce Wayne’s journey, once we figured that out we spread it out to fit those 16. If they were to change the order, we would have an emergency meeting.”
Regardless, Fox no doubt wants to take advantage of Gotham’s popularity by extending its first season—especially in light of low ratings for a lot of the network’s other series. Hit the jump to watch Cannon’s comments on the notion of an extended season and to read the full press release regarding Gotham’s full-season order. The show airs on Fox Mondays at 8pm ET/PT, with tonight’s installment poised to introduce Arkham Asylum.
FOX has ordered six more episodes of this fall’s breakout new drama series, GOTHAM, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. The announcement raises the series order to 22 episodes.
“GOTHAM debuted as one of the most buzzed-about shows of the fall, and with good reason. Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have created an incredibly rich world, with characters that draw you in and a cast that brings to life these heroes and villains in a way we’ve never seen before,” said Walden and Newman. “We are so excited to see where Bruno, Danny and the entire GOTHAM team take this story over the course of this season, and so thankful to all the fans who have embraced it this fall.”
GOTHAM is tied as Monday night’s No. 1 drama among Adults 18-49 and is this season’s No. 1 broadcast drama overall among Men 18-49 – a full rating point ahead of the No. 2 drama in that demographic. The debut episode, which exploded into Premiere Week with a 6.0/18 rating among Adults 18-49, outperformed “Blacklist” and “Scorpion” and delivered FOX’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years. This Live +7 rating reflects the largest post-three-day ratings gain (+0.9) of any broadcast drama, ever. In addition, GOTHAM’s premiere drew 14.1 million viewers in the first seven days and has been streamed more than two million times to date on FOX NOW and Hulu. The show’s second and third episodes continued this positive trend, each delivering a 4.0 rating or higher in just the first three days, making it one of the Top Three dramas overall on broadcast television this season.
In the next all-new episode of GOTHAM, “Arkham,” airing on FOX, a contentious city council vote on the future of the Arkham district approaches, and politicians on both sides are in danger. Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Bullock (Donal Logue) must race to protect the council. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), who has already been christened “The Penguin,” takes violent measures to further ingratiate himself with Maroni (guest star David Zayas), and an old friend pays Gordon a visit.
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 between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. The entirely new, untold chapter stars Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” “Collateral”).
GOTHAM is based upon the characters from DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” franchise, “Nikita”). John Stephens serves as an executive producer on the series. “Like” GOTHAM on Facebook at facebook.com/GOTHAMonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @Gotham and join the discussion using #gotham. See photos and videos on Instagram at @GOTHAMonFOX.