An all-new TV season is upon us. How fast time flies…
And in what just might be one of the *blackest* seasons in recent TV history, maybe in the last decade+ (given the number of new shows with black actors in leading or supporting roles, as well as returns of previous series), there just might be a lot for us to talk about on this blog over the next year – assuming every series makes it through the entire season (or even the first few episodes. In recent seasons, as you’ve noticed, TV networks have been quite quick to dismiss any new programming that isn’t living up to expectations).
Tonight, we’ll get our first good look at the new Fox series “Gotham, which marks Jada Pinkett Smith’s return to TV, as a co-star in the 1-hour drama series. She plays a character named Fish Mooney, a key villain in the series, described as a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner, with street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book. Further, she’s said to be imposing and hotheaded, and not one to be crossed! She’s also Oswald Cobblepot’s (The Penguin’s) boss.
The new series is based on characters published by DC Comics, which explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous.
Repeating what I’ve said previously, after watching most of the trailers for new 2014/2015 series, this is one of the few that I’m actually interested enough in (based on the trailer, and everything I’ve seen of it) to check out when it debuts. The wait is over, as “Gotham” premieres tonight, on Fox, at 8pm.
And if it manages to grab and hold audience attention, it’ll make for a solid one-two punch on Monday nights for Fox, because, right after it, at 9pm, “Sleepy Hollow” returns for its second season, with Aunjanue Ellis joining the cast to play another surprising figure from Abbie’s (Nicole Beharie’s) past – her mother.
Fans of the hit FOX TV series will know that Abbie and her sister Jenny (played by Lyndie Greenwood) were both taken from their mother, Lori, as children, because of Lori’s mental condition, and become part of the foster care system. The girls thought their mother was crazy and possibly dangerous, and that she killed herself years prior. However, new information is revealed in the new season that will link the sisters with the truth about their mother, as played by Aunjanue Ellis.
Ahead of tonight’s season premieres of both shows, Fox has released, first, for “Gotham,” a 21-minute video (embedded below) that takes viewers behind the scenes of the series, from its comic book origins, to the “cutting edge” production. Hear from all the key players both behind and in front of the camera.
And second, the network released a series of “catch-up” videos, called “Sleepy in Sixty (Or So)” (also embedded below), which helps fans of the series (whether existing, or new to the series) get caught up on the various key characters, and story threads. I must admit that even though I did watch all of season 1, these refreshers were helpful in reminding of where last season left off, as the new season begins. And maybe you’ll find them helpful as well… or maybe not.
Watch the “Gotham” preview below, and then the “Sleepy in Sixty” catch-up videos underneath: