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New Season Reviews: Gotham, Scorpion, Forever, Sleepy Hollow

Katharine McPhee, Elyse Gabel

Happens all the time in the Bat-verse: The bad guys get all the best material. And so it was in the beginning, or at least in the origin story as presented by Fox's stylish, vividly hardboiled Gotham (8/7c), an exercise in pulp-noir chic that, to be enjoyed properly, should be considered more Dick Tracy than Batman in approach.

As Robin might proclaim, if he were around (which he isn't): Holy corruption! The sordid Gotham City on display here reflects executive producer Bruno Heller's time spent on HBO's Rome rather than his sunnier stint with The Mentalist. This city of menace boasts a retro sheen cluttered with jarring contemporary details, projecting what's intended as an out-of-time (or timeless) quality to frame this iconic story. You know how it goes: Young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz of Touch) is orphaned when his wealthy parents are murdered in a back-alley robbery, inspiring a lifetime devoted to vanquishing Gotham's most-wanted goons.

But that's another tale for another time, because the focus of Gotham is on clench-jawed, strait-arrow Detective (future Commissioner) James Gordon, played with a pugnacious dour solemnity by Ben McKenzie. read more

Gotham: 6 Things Fox's Batman Prequel Gets Right (And 3 Things We're Worried About)

Ban McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith

Fox's Gotham is arguably the most anticipated new show of the fall season, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's destined to become a hit. 

The new drama, created by The Mentalist's Bruno Heller examines the city protected by Batman long before the Dark Knight was around to protect it. Stepping in as the city's hero is rookie detective (and future police commissioner) Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) who, along with his cynical partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), encounter nascent versions of the Batman franchise's villains, including The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) and The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), while investigating the murders of the parents of a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).

On the Set:  Go behind-the-scenes of Fox's Gotham

But as anyone who watched the first two-thirds of ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — last season's buzziest new show — knows, creating a superhero TV series without a superhero can be tricky business.... read more

Fall TV Editors' Picks: Meet the Villains Who Run Gotham Without Batman

Gotham

Can a Batman series succeed without actually containing Batman? Fox hopes so with its new prequel series Gotham.

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Gotham Won't "Break the Canonical Iron Truths" of Batman Mythology

Ben McKenzie and David Mazouz

There will be no cape. There will be no cowl. Nevertheless, Fox's Gotham intends to stay true to the Batman comics that fans have come to know and love over more than seven decades.

Based on DC Comics characters, Gotham explores the origin stories of the Caped Crusader's eventual ally James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie), a detective with the Gotham City Police Department, and his battle with the villains who made the city famous.

Fox at Press Tour: Get the latest news

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Exclusive Gotham Teaser: Go Inside the New Fox Drama's "World of Craziness"

Gotham

If you're wondering whether Fox's Batman prequel drama series Gotham will be campy like the Adam West TV series or dark and gritty like the Christopher Nolan films, the answer might just be both.

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Postmortem: Law & Order: SVU Boss on Amaro's Future and the Squad's New Addition

Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pino

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 15 finale of Law & Order: SVU. Read at your own risk!]

Law & Order: SVU gave Benson (Mariska Hargitay) a... read more

Mega Buzz: Orange's Big Fight, Diaries' Finale Fallout, and an SVU Exit

Taylor Shilling, Paul Wesley, Mariska Hargitay

Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams

What sort of fallout can we expect from Piper and Pennsatucky's fight on Orange is the New Black— Brittany 
We already know that Piper lands in solitary​ ​— and goes a little off the deep end.But get this, it turns outthat Piper and Pennsatucky weren't the only ones involved in the brawl. As you'll see in flashbacks, someone else joins the fight, leaving Piper bruised but grateful.

Poor Stefan was so distraught at the end of The Vampire Diaries finale. Will he ever ​recover? — Cathy 
At least he's got... read more

VIDEO: Your First Look at Fox's Gotham, Empire, Gracepoint and More

Terrance Howard

Fox has released trailers for its new series, including Batman prequel Gotham, Terrence Howard's Empire and Broadchurch adaptation Gracepoint. Check them out below. read more

Mega Buzz: A Criminal Minds Gunshot, a 24 Double-Cross and a Diaries Death?

Thomas Gibson, Kiefer Sutherland, Ian Somerhalder

Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams

Which "two agents will go down" on Criminal Minds— Jim 
It will definitely be two of the regular cast members (read: not Cruz). Both victims suffer gunshot wounds in the first half of the two-part finale Wednesday. And while one team member's wound is only a temporary setback, the other is potentially fatal. The good news: You won't have to wait all summer to find out his or her fate.

I'm so glad 24 is back. What's coming up? — Casey
Though it was fun to see... read more

VIDEO: Watch the First Trailer for Fox's Batman Prequel Gotham

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Gotham has come alive!

Hours after ordering the project to series, Fox released the first trailer for the new Batman prequel on Monday... read more

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