Gotham Receives Full Season Order
, the major bright spot in an otherwise disappointing fall premiere season for Fox, has been picked up for a full 22 episodes season. This news will likely be met with excitement by the show's fans, but it's a bit strange considering conversations surrounding the series this past spring.
During the 2014 upfronts, then-Fox executive Kevin Reilly (who was fired by the network shortly after) stressed that the series would have a more cable-like first season run of 16 episodes (which was the original series order that was just extended). Star Ben McKenzie even told reporters he was relieved that the show wouldn't have a full 22 episode season, something he dealt with during his time on the Fox series The O.C.
However, with a new guard at Fox handling the television development side following Reilly's ouster, it appears the idea of a shorten season is now a thing of the past. While Gotham
has remained relatively steady in the ratings (6.24 million viewers for its most recent outing, not counting DVR additions), the series has started to receive a good deal of push back from television critics, who charge that the series lacks vision and has devolved into a mess of characters. Perhaps the additional episodes will help Gotham
navigate its first season growing pains, but for a show that wants to be taken seriously as on par with the offerings from FX and AMC, adding more episodes might not be the way to do it.