FOX Sets Midseason Premieres with ‘Gotham’ and ‘The Orville’
What to watch this winter
FOX has set the premiere dates for the network’s mid-season premieres, giving viewers plenty to watch during their long winter nights. A few of the highlights include new episodes of “The Orville” and the ultimate conclusion of the DC series “Gotham”
Fans of “The Orville” can jump into Season Two of Seth MacFarlane’s popular series on December 30th, which will be followed by an NFL doubleheader. Set 400 years in the future, the series follows The U.S.S. Orville and its crew, both human and alien, who face the wonders and dangers of outer space. In Season Two, Ed (MacFarlane) and Kelly’s (Adrianne Palicki) relationship will take a new turn, while the ship’s crew will meet never-before-seen aliens, face old adversaries the Krill, make first contact with a new civilization and revisit the planet Moclus. Then on January 3rd, the show will make its time period premiere with an all-new episode, following the fifth and final season premiere of “Gotham”.
It will be the beginning of the end for “Gotham,” the show not the city, as the series offers a farewell event that will focus on Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) ultimate transformation into the Caped Crusader. During the final season, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) will try and hold the city together before it descends into chaos. FOX also has ordered two additional episodes of the hit series, raising the season order to 12 episodes, and bringing the full series order to 100 episodes so that it can go into syndication. Following the events of last season, the fifth season, titled “GOTHAM: Legend of the Dark Knight,” will pick up with Gotham City split amongst Gordon and the GCPD, and some of the most notorious fan-favorite villains, as the heroes try to gain control and salvage what’s left of the deteriorating city. This season will also introduce new villains, including the iconic Bane (guest star Shane West). “Gotham” is an origin story of the great DC Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller and executive producers Danny Cannon and John Stephens, the show follows the rise of Det. James Gordon through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Another show returning for Season Two is “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” which will return on January 2nd. The restaurant makeover series features Ramsay driving to struggling restaurants across the country with his mobile kitchen and command center, Hell On Wheels, to bring failing restaurants back from the brink of disaster. As the 24-hr clock ticks down, Ramsay and his team transform these restaurants with renovations, new menus and hope for the future, all building to the end of the 24 hours, when grand re-openings of these restaurants are held for the public.
Gordon Ramsay’s show will serve as the lead-in for “The Masked Singer,” which is going to be hosted by Nick Cannon. The panelists on the series are Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke. Based on an international format, the series features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. Although the celebrities’ identities are a mystery, between them they have a combined 65 Grammy Award nominations, 16 Emmy Award nominations, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles. One singer will be eliminated each week, ultimately revealing his or her true identity.
If you’re looking for a thriller, “The Passage” will debut on January 14th, following the winter premiere of “The Resident“. Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, “The Passage” is a character-driven thriller written by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”). Executive-produced by Heldens, Emmy Award winner and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”) and writer/director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”), the show focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl (Saniyya Sidney, “Fences,” “Hidden Figures”) is chosen to be a test subject, a federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Pitch”) is tasked with bringing her in, but ultimately, becomes her surrogate father, determined to protect her at any cost – even as Project Noah’s work threatens to unleash an unimaginable apocalypse.
Then as we reported earlier, the live musical production of “Rent” will air on January 27th. A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” and set in New York City’s gritty East Village, RENT tells the story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. Winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, writer/composer Jonathan Larson’s tour de force continues to offer an inspiring message of hope and friendship. Acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”), along with the estate of writer/composer Jonathan Larson, will executive-produce the live musical event. The cast features Kiersey Clemons, Brandon Victor Dixon, Jordan Fisher, Vanessa Hudgens, Brennin Hunt, Mario, Tinashe and Valentina. Additionally, Keala Settle will perform the iconic solo from “Seasons of Love” and join the ensemble in the live musical.
The new legal drama “Proven Innocent” will premiere on February 15th. Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and EMPIRE co-creator Danny Strong partners with David Elliot (“Four Brothers”) to tell the story of one woman’s fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own. The show follows a criminal defense firm led by an uncompromising lawyer, who was wrongfully convicted in a sensational murder case that made her a media obsession.. The drama stars Rachelle Lefevre (“Under the Dome,” “A Gifted Man”), Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” “Cheers,” “Boss”), Russell Hornsby (“Seven Seconds,” “Grimm”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), Tony Award winner Nikki M. James (“BrainDead,” “The Good Wife,” “The Book of Mormon”), Riley Smith (“Frequency”) and Clare O’Connor (“Easy”). Adam Armus is an executive producer and showrunner.