News Briefs: Fox Is Developing Gotham, a Batman-adjacent Series About Jim Gordon

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... Not wanting to be left out of the superhero genre now that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has taken over the airwaves, Fox has decided to get in on the genre action with a Batman-adjacent project titled Gotham that will explore Commissioner James Gordon and the bad guys who made the fake city famous. If Gary Oldman ain't in it, I'm out. [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... Spartacus vets Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing are developing a new series for Starz about an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent who infiltrates a Mexican drug cartel. The project, titled Gringo, was inspired by the nonfiction book The Shadow Catcher by Hipolito Acosta. [Variety]

... Sad news, guys. Bill Nye the Science Guy might be out of the running on Dancing With the Stars after he tripped at the end of his performance last night. He injured his knee and is waiting on MRI results to determine whether he'll be able to continue. [Deadline]

... Bones creator Hart Hanson, along with The Secret Circle creator Andrew Miller, will adapt Chris Ewan's book series The Good Thief’s Guide for ABC. The story follows Charlie Howard, a charming fellow who travels the world while blogging about his adventures. Oh yeah, and he steals stuff for funsies (and sometimes profit). Each season will be set in a new exotic location and focus on one particular heist. [Deadline]


CASTING NEWS

... Jack Coleman (remember Heroes? Haha, Heroes)has landed a recurring role on ABC's Scandal. The details of his character, however, are being safely guarded by Shonda Rhimes' minions. But we can tell you that his first appearance will happen sometime in October. Vague enough for ya? [TV Guide]

... The casting for Syfy's new pilot Dominion has really gotten under way. Anthony Stewart Head, who played Rupert Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has been cast as David Weel, the power-hungry president of the Senate of Vega. Also new to the project are Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones) as Claire Rysen, the closest thing Vega has to a princess; Luke Allen-Gale (Ripper Street), who'll play William Weel, the son of David and the Head of the Church of the Savior; and Shivani Ghai (Bride & Prejudice) as Arika, a lead diplomat sent from Helena, a mysterious and militant matriarchal society. They join the previously announced Christopher Egan and Tom Wisdom. [Syfy via press release]

... Lucy, the socially awkward lady friend of Raj's who dumped him The Big Bang Theory's May finale, might be experiencing a change of heart with regard to Koothrappali. Actress Kate Micucci will reprise her role in the November 14 episode. [THR]

... Julianne Hough is returning to Dancing with the Stars on October 7, but this time she'll be a guest judge alongside Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. [ABC via press release]

... Warehouse 13 vet Joanne Kelly has booked a major recurring role on CBS's thriller Hostages. She'll play Vanessa, an ambassador and the sister of the first lady. [Deadline]

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Just about to throw Hostages in the dumpster and then I read that Joanne Kelly would be appearing.. Damn you CBS !
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Tell me I am wrong to say that the role of James Gordon HAS to be given to Bryan Cranston.
Agree?
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Jack Coleman is a "charming southerner" apparently. I'm curious about that haha.
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Can't complain.
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He looks like he'd fit right in on Scandal.
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Jim Gordon is one of the least interesting characters in the Batman universe. It would be more interesting having a show revolving around Alfred the butler.
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Fox plus Batman equals canceled. No matter how good The Dark Knight was thanks to Jim Gordon, as a TV series it won't hold up without the actual Batman. And yeah, no Gary Oldman, no watchy.
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Syfy should do a "Krypton Series' about Superman's father Jor-El facing off

Zod and Brainiac before the planet gets destroyed... This will take place before

Smallville, Metropolis and Watchtower, the years before Kal-El/Clark Kent became

as Superman...

i would not mined one bit Jor-El is the standing caring hero stopping evil on

planet krypton, and protecting his son Kal-El to be this hero or superhero into

the near future beyond Krypton at all... And I think beginning of the "Man of

Steel film" is prove this series of Krypton could work out...

also before Batgirl also because James Gordon is her father... Well, It actually

basically holds the origin story on everybody from Batman on different key

terms.. Not just only Batman you know... And it is also a origin story on

himself how he becomes Commissioner James Gordon from being Detective Jim

Gordon...

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Sorry everybody about my debut post comment release!

Here's better reply on things to it:

Syfy should do a "Krypton Series' about Superman's father Jor-El facing off

Zod and Brainiac before the planet gets destroyed... This will take place before

Smallville, Metropolis and Watchtower, the years before Kal-El/Clark Kent became

as Superman...

i would not mined one bit Jor-El is the standing caring hero stopping evil on

planet krypton, and protecting his son Kal-El to be this hero or superhero into

the near future beyond Krypton at all... And I think beginning of the "Man of

Steel film" is prove this series of Krypton could work out...

And this "Gotham Series" by Fox isn't just only a origin story before Batman... It's

also before Batgirl also because James Gordon is her father... Well, It actually

basically holds the origin story on everybody from Batman on different key

terms.. Not just only Batman you know... And it is also a origin story on

himself how he becomes Commissioner James Gordon from being Detective Jim

Gordon...









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Gotham.... because Birds of Prey did so well.... And I LIKED Birds of Prey. Batman is better off animated on television.
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I've always wanted a series based Gotham PD so im in....but its on FOX.
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I wouldn't mind seeing Jack Coleman as Gordon.

The only real problem with a Commissioner Gordon series is that he doesn't really do that much. He mostly picks up the criminals that Batman leaves behind. I would expect such a series to deal with the corrupt legal system in Gotham and how so many criminals could get out so easily.
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I was actually thinking this past week about what they could do with a series in the Batman universe. I thought that, if they couldn't get the rights to do a full-blown Batman series, they could somehow work around it by focusing on another character, but for some reason I didn't think of Gordon, even though I have seen Batman: Year One. I think this idea has potential, depending on how they handle the character and the stories they tell. I hope that they're able to use Batman's character in some way in the series, even if he can't be a main character.

That being said, I really hope that there will be a live-action series focused on Batman himself sometime in the future.
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Dominion - yeeeeeeey! Syfy shows are great! Gotham sounds promising too.

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Well Hostages just got a LOT more appealing.
I'll be giving Dominion a shot too. Anthony Head is brilliant and Roxanne McKee is gorgeous (and also a very good actress).
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Lucy , WTF ????
She looks weird , sick and crazy ...
She doesn't fit with the gang and always looks miserable ...
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Ugh, Lucy was the worst. She was even more annoying than Amy!
Oh no, Giles on SyFy? Bad move!
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He was already on Warehouse 13 for an extended run last season. And presumably will be in at least some of the last six episodes, since he's now the embodiment of the Warehouse.
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Gotham could be cool, I've always liked Jim Gordon, in fact in the animated movie Batman Year One I found his story more compelling than Batman's. That might have something to do with Bryan Cranston's voice work for the character though.
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I don't see Gotham becoming anything else than a police drama.
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Oh man. As a huge, and I mean HUGE (not saying I'm fat. Well, I'm not too skinny either) Batman fan, I really don't know how I feel about Gotham. Being on Fox isn't going to help matters. They have a habit of making fun, yet cheesy thrillers.

Don't watch Big Bang, but I love Kate Micucci so much! I have a picture with her where I asked her to pretend like she is in love with me. Favorite. Pic. Ever... Sigh.
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I don't see Gotham being too closely related to Batman since WB will probably want to keep DC as close to their network as possible.. maybe if it had gone to CW or CBS or something.
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As sad as it makes me, since it's being designed (at least right now) as an origin story I don't think we'll get Gary. That would be kick ass though.
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A Commissioner Gordon series seems surprising considering how ridiculous DC is about characters appearing in movies (Ben Affleck's probable trilogy) and tv at the same time. Smallville ran for ten years without a single appearance of Batman, WW (who's film wasn't even ever made), and Green Lantern. A rational company wouldn't think that way.
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You know who'd be great as Commissioner Gordon? Bryan Cranston
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Yeah, he would be perfect.
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He did do a good job as the character in Batman: Year One, IMO. I could see him in a live-action version of the character as well.
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Exactly, Year One was a great retelling of the origin story. If you take Bryan Cranston's look before he shaved his head from Season 1 of Breaking Bad, you have a young Commish.
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I'd love to see them go all in and make a TV version of Gotham Central. A show that covers everyday working cops just trying to survive the insanity in Gotham could be fun.

Plus, police procedurals and superheroes are both money right now...
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Why does TV.com always have to be so harsh on Heroes?
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Because it never lived up to its true potential and was mishandled by its writers and network alike. Although, I still saw bright spots in the later seasons and still want to see a revival or reboot..Heroes is nothing compared to SciFi like Fringe or Continuum
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Who isn't harsh on Heroes? It was a one season wonder, nothing more.
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Because I liked the first season and then felt it dropped the ball.
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Even though it was shortened cause of the writer's strike, the second season was decent. 3 and 4 sucked ass though. I'll give you that.
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If you skip through the entire Hiro in Feudal Japan storyline... then yeah, it was decent.
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How many versions of this are they going to make?! Yes, this is a spinoff, but still...it's Batman.
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