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

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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