There’s good news and bad news for fans of the Fox nighttime drama Gotham, which stars Ben McKenzie (known to soap fans as Ryan on The O.C.) The series is being renewed for another season, but it will be the series last.
Deadline reported that Fox has ordered a fifth and final season of Gotham. The series tells the story of Batman’s origins with an emphasis on the show’s villains.
Gotham started out strong in the ratings when it debuted in the fall of 2014, but numbers have, alas, slipped every since. But the program, as Deadline reported, has been doing well in “multi-platform viewing” and in “male demos”.
This season, Gotham moved to Thursday and Fox was pleased that the show did well there.
Initially, the show told the stories of Jim Gordon’s (McKenzie’s) early days in Gotham as a law enforcer and his partnership with Det. Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). His first case was to try and solve the murders of Bruce Wayne’s parents Thomas (Grayson McCouch) and Martha (Brette Taylor).
In order to survive and do his job, Gordon’s ethics were compromised on more than one occasion!
Orphan Bruce was being raised by Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee), the family butler.
In the second season, Arkham Asylum, home to Batman’s unstable foes, was introduced as was Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong).
Season three saw Gordon working as a bounty hunter and his battle against the Court of Owls. Meanwhile, Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) became The Riddler!
As the years went by Bruce became older so in season four he became a masked vigilante, a preview of his eventually adopting the Batman identity. Meanwhile, Jonathan Crane( David W. Thompson) and his alter-ego, the Scarecrow, saw an increased role.
The Legion of Horribles also wrecked havoc during season four.
According to published reports, the 5th and final season of Gotham won’t air until 2019.
Gotham airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.