Comic book adaptations aren’t just the current rage in film, they’re also becoming increasingly popular on television. On top of such continuing shows as CW’s superhero program Arrow, this fall there’ll have an eclectic collection of new comic-inspired TV series to choose from, including (but not limited to) Arrow spinoff The Flash and the hard-boiled neo-Noir of Fox’s Gotham, as well as a historical covert operations show in the form of Marvel Studios and ABC’s Agent Carter – with Hayley Atwell reprising her Peggy Carter role from the Captain America movies.
Gotham was picked up a week ago, shortly before Fox dropped a trailer for the Jim Gordon detective series (set in a pre-Batman version of the eponymous city); a few days later, ABC likewise confirmed an order for Agent Carter, to go along with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s season two renewal. Rumor has it that the next season of adventures with (former) S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson and his team might be split in half, with 13 or so episodes of Agent Carter serving as a bridge in-between.
If so, it’s not clear yet what the implications are for S.H.I.E.L.D. season two; whether each half of the season will focus on a different over-arching storyline, remains to be seen. In the meantime, though, we can offer an official poster and synopsis for Agent Carter (see below), along with official confirmation on what day of the week Gotham is going to be airing on Fox, starting in Fall 2014.
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Here is the newly-unveiled description for Agent Carter, from Marvel‘s website:
“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life–Steve Rogers.
The Agent Carter pilot script is penned by Captain America movie franchise writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Agent Carter doesn’t have any cast members other than Atwell officially in place right now, though Dominic Cooper reprising as Howard Stark seems likely – even if he only makes sporadic appearances on the series. Meanwhile, the show already has show-runners in place, in the forms of Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas: creators of what is arguably the under-appreciated CW supernatural action/comedy series Reaper, as well as former contributors to such genre TV shows as Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and the Hawaii Five-O reboot.
All in all, that reads as a promising lineup of talent working behind the scenes on Marvel Studios’ second TV venture. While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. arguably took a while before it hit its stride (like, the entire first half of season 1), the folk working on Agent Carter could well learn from that show’s mistakes – skipping any pretense of episodic storytelling and jumping right into an over-arching serialized narrative instead (Markus and McFeely have indicated as much is the plan).
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Here is Fox’s description of Gotham, featuring Ben McKenzie as the young Jim Gordon:
GOTHAM traces the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”) and starring Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” “Collateral”) and Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”), GOTHAM follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Fox will begin airing the first season of Gotham on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST when the Fall 2014 TV season gets started. Moreover, the show’s episodes will be followed immediately thereafter by the second season of the Fox network’s 2013 success story, Sleepy Hollow.
It’s a smart move, as these relatively pulpy genre shows appeal to a similar (arguably, the same) demographic; meaning, there’s potential for both series to increase their viewership, airing one right after the other. Sleepy Hollow already has an established audience, so Gotham stands to gain more from the coupling at this stage. Still, it ought to be a mutually-benficial pairing, especially since the juxtaposition may provide the people who’re feeling skeptical about Gotham more incentive to give the non-Batman show (set in the Batman universe) a shot when it first attempts to get off the ground.
Gotham begins airing on Fox at 8 p.m. EST beginning in Fall 2014. We’ll let you know when Agent Carter has an official air time/premiere date.
Source: Marvel, Fox