Who needs Batman? Fox's "Gotham," an origin series about the villains populating Bruce Wayne's hometown, is doing just fine without the Caped Crusader, so much so that the network has ordered an additional six episodes of the series, bringing it to a full 22-episode season.
The freshman drama, which stars Ben McKenzie ("Southland," "The O.C.") as a young Jim Gordon, has been a ratings darling for Fox, setting records for its Live+7 numbers, and placing second only to ABC series "How to Get Away with Murder" as the highest-rated drama to debut during Premiere Week. "Murder" has also been picked up for a full season.
"Gotham"'s situation is unique, however, in that it was initially ordered for 16 episodes (not the traditional 13, plus potential for a back nine), and the series was always meant to have a lower episode count than traditional TV shows. But Fox was so pleased with its performance, it went ahead and filled it out for a full season anyway.
Collider reports that that could be a problem. The site spoke with "Gotham" executive producer Danny Cannon this weekend at New York Comic-Con before the order announcement was made, and Cannon said that it would be a scramble for showrunners to figure out what to do should season one suddenly wind up with additional episodes.
"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," Cannon told Collider. "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."
Looks like they'll have to schedule that meeting after all. Fox, meanwhile, was pleased with its decision, praising the show and its creators for their originality.
"'Gotham' debuted as one of the most buzzed-about shows of the fall, and with good reason," Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a statement. "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."
[via: Deadline, Collider]
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