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Fox is bringing back two more series for the 2017-18 season.
The renewal for the DC Entertainment-produced Gotham means that Fox will have dramas from both comic book powerhouses on its schedule in the fall. The network also handed out a series order to Matt Nix’s Marvel drama The Gifted on Tuesday. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, the Ben McKenzie starrer has proven a sturdy opener on Mondays, averaging 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.9 in the demo.
Gotham, which centers on the early years of a pre-Batman Bruce Wayne, joins fellow returning WBTV dramas Lucifer and Lethal Weapon at the network.
While Gotham was expected to return for season four, Last Man‘s fate had been in question in recent weeks. On the ratings side, it’s been solid by Fox standards, averaging 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers.
Niche, for sure, Will Forte’s apocalyptic comedy is still the closest thing to prestige on Fox’s sitcom roster. He has earned two consecutive Emmy nominations for playing the titular character — and while critical affection has waxed and waned, the third season earned praise for pivot into drama. It also doesn’t hurt that the 20th Century Fox TV series from Phil Lord and Chris Miller has become a haven for A-list cameos — including Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm and, most recently, Kristen Wiig.
The renewal comes days after Last Man wrapped its third season. In an interview with THR, Forte said the season ender would have made for “the worst series finale of all time” and said he was “hopeful” about a renewal.
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