This Fall, Fox is looking to rebound after a year of stark decline in viewership. Gotham, starring Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, is highly anticipated, as things having to do with Batman tend to be. It’s paired with Sleepy Hollow, the surprisingly fun, clever re-imagining of the classic short story, on Mondays. Tuesdays present The Mindy Project, The New Girl, and the new ambitious reality show Utopia, which fills the void left by The X-Factor. Sundays see the biggest change: the former animation block, a staple of Fox, has been broken down to include Brooklyn Nine-Nine and new show Mulaney, with Family Guy between the two.
Gotham will, of course, have plenty of viewers initially. Created by Bruno Heller, who also created Rome, the show seems to channeling Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, which should surprise no one. Sean Pertwee plays Alfred Pennyworth, here depicted as a “tough-as-nails” ex-marine, which doesn’t really sound like Alfred. (By the way, RIP Efrem Zimbalist.) Hopefully, the show turns out better than Birds of Prey.
Fox has yet to schedule some of its potential big hitter: straight-to-series orders Backstrom, Hieroglyph, The Last Man on Earth, Wayward Pines, Bordertown, and Weird Loners all lack time slots, as does the new cycle of American Idol. Wayward Pines is the odd one in this bunch, with M. Night Shyamalan exec-producing and Matt Daillon starring, the show could be the surprise hit of 2001.