The fall TV season is almost upon us, and the Television Critics Association (TCA) has decided which series shows the most promise of the whole crop. Happily for us, it’s a genre series.
The TCA membership selected Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham as the “Most Promising New Show of the Fall,” beating out The CW’s high-concept Jane the Virgin and Showtime’s The Affair. Genre-wise, the series edges out The CW’s Flash and NBC’s Constantine on the list of buzzy fall debuts.
It’s nice to see a genre show take the top spot, especially considering the competition across every facet of the television landscape. Considering the versatility and awareness of the Batman franchise, it makes sense that Gotham might have the most crossover potential to appeal to a wide audience. If complaints made in those initial mixed reviews of the pilot episode are addressed quickly, the tale of Gotham’s heroes and villains could definitely be a fun one.
Along with Gotham’s overall recommendation, series co-star Robin Lord Taylor (aka the Penguin) was also noted as a potential breakout star of the fall, behind Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin, The CW) and Flash star Grant Gustin. We don’t know much about how Taylor will fare, but we definitely expect Gustin to be a hit. He’s already gotten a solid reception from his Arrow introduction, and he’s excellent in the Flash pilot.
Do you agree with the TCA’s assessment? Will Gotham be the breakout hit of the fall, or do you think another series will be a bigger hit?