‘Gotham,’ ‘Empire’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Renewed for 2015-16 Season

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Fox is already shoring up plans for next season’s lineup with early sophomore season renewals for dramas “Gotham” and “Empire” and a third season nod for comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

The orders for “Gotham” (pictured) and “Empire” were no-brainers, as both shows have performed well — really well in the case of “Empire” — for the network and made plenty of noise in social media. The renewals were announced Saturday during Fox’s presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

“Gotham,” the Batman origins story, hails from Warner Bros. TV and exec producer Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens. Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett-Smith star. The show has to date averaged 10.6 million viewers and 4.2 rating in adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s live-plus-7 ratings.

“Empire” has been the sleeper hit of the season, barreling out of the gate last week with an impressive bow and gaining in its second week. To date the show is averaging 10.3 million viewers and a 5.3 adults 18-49 rating — an enviable number for any network.

The Imagine TV/20th Century Fox TV drama was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, with Ilene Chaiken serving as showrunner. Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo also exec produce. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson lead the ensemble cast in the sudser about a hip-hop music mogul.

The early renewal for Universal TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was more of a surprise. The comedy set in a Brooklyn police station has been a respectable performer in its second season but not as impressive as the other dramas. Dan Goor and Mike Schur created the laffer and exec produce with David Miner.

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  1. Reblogged this on The Pop Culture Cafe and commented:
    Looks like Fox has not decided to pull the plug on Gotham. Given Fox’s track record for genre shows I am surprised that Gotham has been give a second season. Hopefully it can become a more interesting show. A show that you have to watch the same night it is on and not PVR it.

  2. Gregory Best says:

    New Jack City with a modern twice to it….I love it!

  3. LOVE Empire…. Super slick production, great casting, music & story line…. LOVE IT ! I haven’t watched a series on reguar tv 4 many years… until now.

  4. Rena Moretti says:

    Note to Cynthia Littleton: You really shouldn’t copy-and-paste PR releases, it would avoid the embarrassment of calling Empire a “sleeper hit” after two highly-hyped episodes delivered so-so ratings….

    Seriously, all Hollywood “reporters” need to stop doing copy-and-paste of PR releases.

  5. brooklyn 99 really? dreadful show

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Of course it is, and it has the ratings to show it. But at FOX it’s all about who you know, not what ratings you deliver…

      Not that it’s any better at other networks…

  6. Rena Moretti says:

    Why fire Kevin Reilly if you’re going to make more Kevin Reilly-style decisions?!!

    Brooklyn 9-9 is a mega-flop. Gotham is a flop and Empire debuted solidly but will likely develop into yet another flop…

    FOX just bought itself another year of ratings suffering… The question is why?

    • Mark says:

      Brooklyn 99 is hilarious. I love Gotham. Watch it live even. Totally worth the commercials. I caught the pilot for Empire last night and it seemed like a really good show as well. Not sure what you consider good TV, but you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        I’ll only note that Flop 9-9 is a huge flop, so I’m not the only one who doesn’t like it, same with Gotham. Both those shows have huge political support at FOX and have been hugely promoted and rejected by audiences.

        The game is to make shows that audiences like, those two shows have failed and therefore are not very good given they don’t have the excuse of audiences not being aware of them.

        They tried those shows and thought they weren’t good (with good reason!)

  7. I really enjoyed the show “Empire”, so I am glad to hear of its’ renewal…Yay!!

  8. Alex says:

    Another guaranteed season of Ben McKenzie every week = excellent!

  9. Empire only ran TWO episodes and they are already renewing it? Gotham is fun to watch.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      FOX’s year was horrible so the new executives expect us to believe that Empire is a hit just because they renewed it. They’re trying the same thing with Empire (complete with using irrelevant live+7 numbers in the PR release to make it look like it’s a solid show and not the flop it really is) and I have no idea who they think they’ll fool with renewing Brooklyn 9-9 and its obvious super-bad ratings…

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Wade: My “proof” is the ratings.

        Please do take a look at them. You can find them on tvmediainsights.com

        You’ll see how horrible FOX’s year has been.

        Frankly I am baffled by the question. Outside of FOX’s PR releases and the press that copy-and-pastes them, everyone with the slightest knowledge of ratings knows Brooklyn 9-9 is a huge flop and that Gotham is the disappointment of the year (biggest FOX launch and down to 6 million viewers)

        Empire surprised by not crashing in episode 2, but so did Mysteries of Laura and now it too is at 6 million overnight viewers and clearly another flop.

      • Rena Moretti says:


        First of all, why the invective? Unless you’re Walden or Newman, I did not insult you…

        Sad for you that you resort to such sad tactics to try and bully opinions you don’t like.

        Second, any executive renewing a show after 2 episodes is acting in an unprofessional fashion. You can’t draw conclusions from the result of two episodes (well if it flops like Mullaney you can but you can’t tell if a show’s a hit).

        FOX is desperate to pretend it has a hit in Empire and is making yet another hasty, bad decision in renewing it. It’s not the first one they made, but if it was to act like Kevin Reilly, they may as well have kept him in place…

        My guess is Empire will do like Mysteries of aura and slowly drift lower and lower as soon as FOX will stop its marketing (then bounce back as the marketing will start over for the season finale) and then drift even lower in season two when people will by shocked (SHOCKED! I tell you) when the show fails to live up to its hype.

        It may even lost 6 years like that other over-hyped show Glee.

        None of that gives you the right to throw invectives my way, however. :(

      • Wade K. says:

        Exactly where is your proof of this? It sounds more like that is just your opinion and you just don’t like the shows, so you are badmouthing them.

        I like Gotham. I think it is good and every episode so far has kept me engaged. I don’t know about Empire because I haven’t had a chance to watch it, but it looks like it could be good. Brooklyn 9-9 always seemed dumb so i didn’t bother watching it. Of course this is all based off my opinion,

        So I ask again. Where is your proof that these are all flops? Because I’m not going to just take your word for it and don’t think anyone else will either.

      • Michael says:

        Are you high? Empire had the second best opening of the season and grew week 2… why would that not be renewed you stupid idiot!

  10. Michael Anthony says:

    Empire us great, but like all Fox shows, tthey’ll mess with it and ruin it.

  11. What they should have done was renewed “Gang Related”

  12. Chelsea says:


  13. nose4newz says:

    Congrats to Ben McKenzie & Co. in front of the camera and behind. I’ve always enjoyed all of his work and wouldn’t miss watching him develop a character. It will be a treat to see him have more opportunities with a show that’s supported by the studio and network and hopefully has chances to develop stronger writing and stories. There’s some strong acting and so much more potential to realize, so here’s to really finding solid footing with the green light for another season.

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