Fox has released the official logo and lengthy synopsis for its upcoming comic book-tinged prequel series Gotham. The show tells the origin story of Commissioner Gordon (Ben McKenzie), beginning with his days as a rookie detective in Gotham City as he attempts to navigate the layers of corruption and strikes up a relationship with a young billionaire. Per the official synopsis, though, it appears that the show is just as much an origin story for Gotham City as it is Gotham, as it tells the beginnings of “the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.” The Mentalist and Rome creator Bruno Heller is acting as showrunner for Gotham, which already has a straight-to-series order from Fox and will feature The Penguin, a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne, and a young Selina Kyle as series regulars.
Hit the jump to take a look at the full logo and to read the extensive synopsis for Gotham. The show is expected to debut on Fox this fall.
Fox is resurrecting its popular drama 24 in the form of a 12-episode limited event series this spring, and the network has now unveiled the first full trailer for 24: Live Another Day. The story picks up four years after the events of the series finale and finds Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer thwarting terror abroad in London. He doesn’t exactly have the backing of the U.S. government, and this trailer offers us a look at Benjamin Bratt as the head of the CIA operation tasked with tracking Jack down. Though I’m still a bit unconvinced that Jack Bauer’s return is necessary, I’m interested to see how the 24 format is adapted into this close-ended limited series.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The show also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Tate Donovan, Yvonne Strahovski, William Devane, Stephen Fry, and Michelle Fairley. 24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.
Fox is off to an early start in the renewal game. Here’s a quick look at the comedies that will be returning for another year:
- Freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews and Andre Braugher, will return for a second season.
- The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Zoe Jarman, and Beth Grant, has been renewed for a third season.
- New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris, and Hannah Simone, will return for a fourth season.
- As part of its two-year pickup, Glee will enjoy its final season run next year, with Lea Michele and Jane Lynch starring.
Hit the jump for some drama renewal news.
Jack Bauer returns to say “Dammit Chloe!” another 46 times in a couple of months in Fox’s highly anticipated event series 24: Live Another Day, and some new images from the show have landed online. The 12-episode limited series finds Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer thwarting terror abroad in London four years after the events of the show’s series finale. These new images show the return of Jack, a newly punk Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Audrey (Kim Raver), and even now-President James Heller (William Devane), and we also get a look at some new characters, including Benjamin Bratt as the head of the CIA operation that’s tracking Jack in London, Tate Donovan as the White House Chief of Staff, and Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Morgan, a “brilliant but impulsive” CIA field operative working in London.
Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here if you missed the first teaser trailer. 24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.
Casting continues on Fox’s highly anticipated drama series Gotham, as the all-important roles of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle have been filled. The series’ main focus is an origin story of Commissioner James Gordon (to be played by Ben McKenzie), but it will feature a young Bruce Wayne in a series regular supporting role. The network announced today that Touch actor David Mazouz will be playing a preteen Wayne, but the press release stresses the fact that Mazouz is playing a young Bruce Wayne and not Batman—it sounds like the Caped Crusader is unlikely to make an official appearance on the series; at least not in the near future. The official description of the Wayne character is as follows:
David Mazouz (Touch) has been cast as the preteen Bruce Wayne, sentenced to a solitary life after the tragic murder of his wealthy parents. Serious and soulful, young Bruce relies on the guidance and protection of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon.
Hit the jump for the official description of Gotham’s iteration of Selina Kyle.
Bret Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie are teaming up with Alcon Television to develop a limited series about the Manson Family murders in August 1969. Zombie remarked:
“I have been obsessed with this insane story since I was a kid, so obviously I jumped at the chance to be involved in this incredible project. After speaking with Bret, I immediately realized that we shared the same vision for this epic madness.”
The project is in the very early stages of development at Fox. Should Fox greenlight the multipart series, Ellis will write the script and some additional materials. Zombie will direct. More after the jump.
It’s pilot season, folks, and with that all the networks are putting together shows that they hope will make this year’s fall schedule. Briefly, here’s some of the latest casting news:
- Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) will stick around CBS, as the actress has joined the cast of the comedy pilot More Time with the Family, which boasts Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as executive producers.
- With the Murder She Wrote reboot now defunct, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will lead the potential Fox drama series Red Band Society.
- Jason Isaacs will star in the six-episode event series Dig on USA from Heroes creator Tim Kring.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.
The TV comedy landscape just improved by two. Firstly, THR reports that HBO has picked up to series the half-hour comedy/drama Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson. The show hails from executive producer Stephen Levinson (Entourage) and revolves around the lives of a group of former and current football players, with Johnson playing the lead. Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are also onboard as executive producers, and the show marks Johnson’s first foray into the series regular TV world. This comes on the heels of HBO recently picking up to series the political comedy The Brink, with Jack Black and Tim Robbins starring.
Hit the jump for series order news of a new comedy on Fox starring Will Forte and executive produced by the directors of The LEGO Movie, marking a Clone High reunion of sorts.
Production will begin on the pilot for Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham very soon, and as a result casting is heating up. The network announced last weekend that The O.C. and Southland star Ben McKenzie will lead the series as James Gordon, future Gotham police commissioner, and now the show has filled out a number of other familiar roles. Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth, The Walking Dead) will play the villainous Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin, Sean Pertwee (Camelot) is set as Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler Alfred Pennyworth, Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice) will portray Gordon’s boss Captain Essen, and Erin Richards (Being Human) is set as Gordon’s fiancée Barbara Kean. Alas, no mention of Donal Logue.
Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) wrote the Gotham pilot and will act as executive producer/showrunner on the series, and Danny Cannon (CSI, Nikita) will direct the first episode. Hit the jump for official descriptions of Gotham’s iteration of these classic DC Comics characters.
The DC Comics/Batman prequel series Gotham has found its Gordon, and one imagines the news has Seth Cohen shrieking with delight. It was announced today that Southland and The O.C. star Ben McKenzie will play Jim Gordon in the pilot, which revolves around the Gotham’s future commissioner and takes place within the Batman universe. The Fox show—which has a series commitment from the network—comes from executive producer/showrunner Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) and Danny Cannon (CSI, Nikita) is onboard to direct the pilot.
As previously reported, Fox hopes to use Gotham as a vehicle for exploring famous Batman villains like the Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin. It comes on the heels of The CW’s recent success with an Arrow TV show, and that network also has a potential The Flash series in the works. More after the jump.
During the Super Bowl tonight, Fox took the opportunity to offer a first-look at the revival of the Jack Bauer character in 24: Live Another Day. The limited event series consists of 12 episodes and finds Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer thwarting terror abroad in London four years after the events of the show’s series finale. This first trailer offers a tantalizing look at what to expect by way of an innovative one-shot, culminating in the triumphant return of Bauer and, of course, Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Production began in London just last week, so expect plenty more promos in the months to come.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to check out all of the other Super Bowl 2014 commercials. The show also stars Benjamin Bratt, Yvonne Strahovski, Tate Donovan, and Stephen Fry. 24: Live Another Day will premiere on Fox May 5th.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Fox, Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up. During the interview, he talked about where things are at with the event series Wayward Pines and Gracepoint (the American version of Broadchurch), how Gotham will very much be the Batman origin story with many of the well known characters, and that the series will lead up to Bruce Wayne finally putting on the Batman cape in the final episode, the 13-episode second season of Sleepy Hollow, and the likelihood that Bones will return for another season, with Stephen Nathan as showrunner, since Hart Hanson will be moving on with Backstrom. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Today is 20th Century Fox’s turn at the TCA’s, and the network has a slew of announcements and updates for its programming in the coming months. Briefly:
- The limited event series 24: Live Another Day will have a two-hour premiere on Monday, May 5th. The miniseries sees the return of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer for one last string of episodes, with Yvonne Strahovski co-starring.
- The new family comedy series Surviving Jack, starring Christopher Meloni, will debut on Thursday, March 27th, and the new action drama series Gang Related will launch on Tuesday, March 20th.
- The Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted revival series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will premiere on March 9th on Fox and on March 10th on the National Geographic Channel. The 13-episode series is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane and serves as a successor to Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos series.
- Fox’s post-Super Bowl episodes of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will feature guest stars galore, including an appearance by Prince on the former.
- Fox has signed a multi-year deal with The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone) to develop new alternative comedy shows.
Hit the jump for all the details from the individual press releases.
There are few — if any — things about Enlisted, the new Fox comedy from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, that are groundbreaking. The story of a light-hearted approach to military life has been done many times before, and the show’s misfits angle is reminiscent of more recent series like Community, or even another new Fox comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (the make up of the cast is also remarkably similar). But Enlisted does have Cougar Town‘s fast pacing and quirky tone, with occasional laugh-out-loud zingers that make it more than just an average comedy. Hit the jump for more.
A couple of The Office alums have new shows potentially on tap for the 2014-15 TV season. Last fall, CBS passed on the hourlong procedural Backstrom starring Rainn Wilson, but the project has now been granted new life at Fox. The network has ordered 13 episodes of the crime drama, which is based on author Leif G.W. Persson’s book series of the same name. Created by Bones mastermind Hart Hanson, Backstrom stars Rainn Wilson as “an offensive, irascible detective” who tries to change his self-destructive behavior to no avail. Backstrom leads Portland’s Serious Crimes Unit, which is where the procedural element comes in.
Hit the jump for the full press release and news concerning a new NBC series starring Craig Robinson.