To go with its new 2014-2015 schedule, Fox has released trailers for several of its new series, including Batman prequel Gotham, the Terrence Howard-starring hip-hop drama Empire, Broadchurch adaptation Gracepoint, and more. Have a look, then let's hear your first impressions in the comments!
Centered on DC Comics characters, Gotham is a Batman prequel that explores the origin stories of the Caped Crusader's eventual ally James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie), a detective with the Gotham City Police Department, and his battle with the villains who made the city famous. Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Erin Richards, Drew Powell, Zabryna Guevara, Camren Bicondova, and Cory Michael Smith will also star. Airing Mondays at 8pm.
A remake of the U.K. series Broadchurch, Gracepoint is a 10-episode limited event series about the murder of a young boy in a sleepy seaside town. Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn stars as one of two detectives on the case; the other is portrayed by Doctor Who's David Tennant, who reprises the role he originated in the original British series. Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein will executive-produce alongside Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall. Airing Thursdays at 9pm.
Mulaney is a semi-autobiographical comedy that's based on the life of comedian and former Saturday Night Live scribe John Mulaney, who will also write, star, and executive-produce (SNL's Lorne Michaels is also an EP). The show follows an aspiring comedian who's coming of age under the influence of his boss (Martin Short), his roommates, and his neighbors. Airing Sundays at 9:30pm.
Empire is a family drama set amidst a hip-hop empire, which stars Terrence Howard as a charismatic music superstar who's about to take his company public. The Butler's Lee Daniels and Game Change's Danny Strong will write and executive-produce with Brian Grazer (24) and Francie Calfo (How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)). Also starring Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Malik Yoba, Kaitlin Doubleday, Trai Byers, Tasha Smith, Macy Gray, and Grace Gealey, the drama will debut as part of Fox's midseason lineup.
Unscripted series Utopia is a social experiment that moves 15 everyday Americans to an isolated, undeveloped location for an entire year while they attempt to create their own civilization. Airing Tuesdays at 8pm and, for the series' first six weeks, Fridays at 8pm.
The world of ancient Egypt—a time of "magic, Pharaohs, gods, and thieves"—comes alive in drama Hieroglyph, which follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, forcing him to navigate palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies, and divine sorcerers as he races to stop the downfall of one of history's greatest civilizations. Pacific Rim's Travis Beacham will write and executive-produce alongside Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope (New Girl), and Miguel Sapochnik (Fringe). Debuts midseason.
Backstrom is based on the Swedish book series about an overweight, irascible detective (Rainn Wilson, in his first regular series role since The Office) as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior. Executive-produced by Bones creator Hart Hanson, Niclas Salomonsson, Mark Mylod (Shameless), and author Leif G.W. Persson, the series will debut midseason.
M. Night Shyamalan's event series Wayward Pines, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, is a 10-episode limited-event thiller that centers on Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), a Secret Service agent who arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho to investigate the disappearance of two missing federal agents. Instead of answers, Ethan's findings lead to more questions; as he gets closer to the truth, he begins to wonder if he'll make it out of Wayward Pines alive. Slated for midseason.
Last Man on Earth
Created by and starring Will Forte (Nebraska, Saturday Night Live) and directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street), Last Man on Earth is a single-camera comedy about the life and adventures of the last man on earth. Phil Miller (Forte) was once just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank—now he’s humanity’s last hope. Will he ever find another person alive on the planet? Would hoping that she is a female be asking too much? Slated for midseason.
Red Band Society
Red Band Society is a soapy coming-of-age dramedy about a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital and become unlikely friends and allies. Steven Spielberg will executive-produce with Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) and Under the Dome's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
Okay, let's hear your first impressions! Anything here look good to you? (Also: Were those vampire fangs in the Hieroglyph trailer or... ?)
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