At the 2014 TCA press tour FOX executive session, network entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly dropped a few juicy tidbits about several upcoming series.
The big news is about “Gotham,” which Reilly says will not be one of those adaptations that purports to be about the world of a beloved comic-book character but then doesn’t actually include any of the iconic figures the readers know and love.
“[‘Gotham’] has all of the classic Batman characters,” Reilly says, “with a young Bruce Wayne, with a Detective Gordon, before he became Commissioner Gordon, with the Riddler, the Penguin, the Joker … Catwoman.”
Reilly adds that viewers will be treated to the origin stories of many of those characters. “It’s this operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality.”
There are also several dramas that are either currently in production or heading that way. “Wayward Pines,” the M. Night Shyamalan thriller, is in production on its fifth episode, while “Hieroglyph,” a drama set in ancient Egypt, is prepping series production in both Santa Fe and Morocco.
Furthermore, “Gracepoint,” the U.S. adaptation of U.K. crime drama “Broadchurch” that stars “Breaking Bad” alum Anna Gunn, goes into production in two weeks. The U.S. version will feature David Tennant reprising his role as a detective, while adding Nick Nolte, Jacki Weaver and Kevin Rankin.
Reilly adds that while “Gracepoint” will be “a faithful adaptation” of the British version, it will be 10 episodes instead of eight and will include a different ending, “with a twist.”
The network is also prepping its recent pickup “Backstrom” to go into production in March and has ordered multiple scripts for several comedies as part of its plan to upend the traditional pilot-season process. All of them are likely to air during the 2014-15 season.