It looks like there’s still a bit of a wait ahead before we see new episodes of most of our favorite genre shows at Fox. The network just revealed its fall TV lineup, and the fifth and final season of Gotham — as well as the upcoming seasons of The Orville and The Passage — won’t start hitting TV screens until late this year.
Shuffling its fall schedule to make way for all the football that’ll take over TV screens between August and December, Fox is holding the next flight of The Orville for a Dec. 30 launch, according to TV Line. That puts the debut episode of the show’s second season on a Sunday, right after a football double-header, but don’t worry: The rest of the season will air on Thursdays, just as it did last year.
Fox hasn’t pegged air dates and times for the shows it’ll premiere at midseason, but we're definitely relieved to know that Gotham and The Passage are among them.
Gotham is heading into a project 13-episode series finale aiming to hit a total count of 100 episodes (the minimum for syndication), which means we’ll likely be taking frequent nostalgia trips down Gotham’s dark streets on other networks in the coming years. There’s still tons of stuff we don’t know about how Season 5 will answer all the questions Season 4 opened up, but at least we know that the shows plans to show us how Bruce Wayne, at long last, transforms into Batman.
After a few development glitches, Fox also confirmed that its new sick-vampire drama, The Passage, is definitely on its fall schedule and will make its debut sometime in the same midseason arc as The Orville and Gotham. That’s about as specific as it gets for now, so stay tuned.
Still up in the air is the fate of Ghosted, the single-camera paranormal comedy Fox announced last year. After a pilot episode order — and a trailer — Fox didn’t address in its recent lineup report whether Ghosted will make it onto its fall schedule.
While we hate to say goodbye to a pair of pretty killer shows — The Last Man on Earth and The Exorcist, both of which aren’t returning to Fox — at least we’ve finally gotten a glance at the network's genre roadmap. And we’ll be sure to keep you posted as the network reveals midseason air dates for Gotham and The Passage... while keeping our fingers crossed for Ghosted.