Fox paid big money for its Batman-prequel series Gotham and touted its September 22 premiere all summer via billboards, transit posters, and on-air promotional spots. According to research that measures viewer interest in the new fall shows, the effort is going to pay off. Research firm Ipsos MediaCT surveys viewers each week throughout the summer and asks if they are familiar with the name of a new show and whether they plan to watch it. The results of the company's TV Dailies Study from the period of Sept. 1—7 were provided to TV Guide Magazine and show Gotham with the highest awareness score of any new show and the second highest score in the intent to view category.
Lauren Morelli, Samira Wiley
Love is in the air at Litchfield — and not just on screen, apparently.
According to TMZ, Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli is dating one of the show's stars, Samira Wiley — and has officially filed for divorce from her husband of two years.
Martha Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow
Apparently Martha Stewart isn't ready to cede her title of America's go-to domestic goddess to Gwyneth Paltrow just yet.
In an interview with Net-a-Porter magazine, as reported by Page Six, Stewart slammed Paltrow for her Goop endeavor and says the actress should stick to movies. "She just needs to be quiet," Stewart told the magazine.
David Benton and Jennifer Roscoe
Dave Benton, a local news anchor in Illinois, revealed to his colleagues and viewers last week that he has terminal cancer — and he made the announcement live on air.
"Basically my cancer is back and it's too big for surgery and radiation," Benton said during the broadcast. "Doctors have told me that I may have four to six months to live."
W. Kamau Bell
Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers. What do all these names have in common? They're all currently, or are going to be, late-night talk show hosts.
And they're all white guys.
In a column for Buzzfeed, comedian W. Kamau Bell rails against "the whiteness of late night," and comments upon the opportunities for change that have been passed up, in recent months especially.
Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough
Siblings Julianne and Derek Hough are reuniting once again on Dancing with the Stars — only this time they won't be competing against each other.
Julianne Hough joins Season 19 as a full-time judge — the first time a former pro will have a permanent spot at the judges' table. Meanwhile, five-time champion Derek is partnered with YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota. But for viewers concerned that Julianne will show favoritism toward her big brother, she tells TVGuide.com that won't be the case — in fact, it might be quite the opposite.