Gotham fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. After months of worry and doubt while the Batman prequel series sat on the bubble between renewal and cancellation, FOX has officially decided to bring it back for a fifth season this fall.
In an exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter, FOX has ordered a 13-episode season 5, giving Gotham the necessary 100 episodes total for it to sell in syndication. A syndication deal for Gotham would be a sizable financial windfall for Warners, which as an indie studio without a Big Four network backer faces a tough battle to land series on the air in an era where ownership is becoming increasingly important.
The announcement comes not long after the network had axed several other beloved programs on its schedule. Fan-favorite comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine (recently saved by NBC), Last Man on Earth, and The Mick were all cancelled on Thursday afternoon, which led to increased concern over Gotham‘s future. Fortunately for fans, they will be able to see all the proto-Batman characters one more time.
While fans of the show certainly are not surprised to see the series return, given the overall spike in quality over the last couple of years, people that pay attention to television as a whole may not have seen this renewal coming. Gotham had endured some of its lowest ratings in Season 4, but this can be attributed to its move from Monday nights to Thursdays. On its new night, Gotham competed with shows like Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory, and Grey’s Anatomy.
When the show returns in the fall however, it will have to shift to another new time slot, as FOX completed a deal to air the NFL’s Thursday Night Football throughout the fall.
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