The final season of Gotham, The Orville’s return, and freshman dramas Proven Innocent and The Passage were all included in Fox’s 2018/19 mid-season lineup, unveiled today.
The roster also includes winter premiere dates for The Resident, Gifted and Lethal Weapon.
Seth McFarlane’s comedy scifi series The Orville will return for season two on Sunday, Dec. 30, following Fox’s NFL football doubleheader. Meanwhile, the expanded fifth and final season of Gotham will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 3, where it will be joined by The Orville in its regular Thursday night time slot.
Vampire thriller with a twist The Passage will bow January 14, and legal drama Proven Innocent, starring Kelsey Grammer, premieres February 15, 2019.
Set 400 years in the future, the series follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, and its crew, both human and alien, who face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life.
In Season Two, ED (MacFarlane) and KELLY’s (Adrianne Palicki) relationship will take a new turn, while the ship’s crew will meet never-before-seen aliens, face old adversaries the Krill, make first contact with a new civilization and revisit the planet Moclus.
The fifth and final season of Gotham wraps up the beloved series in a farewell event that will focus on Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) ultimate transformation into the Caped Crusader, as Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) tries to hold together a city on the edge of chaos. FOX also has ordered two additional episodes of the hit series, raising the season order to 12 episodes, and bringing the full series order to 100 episodes.
Following the events of last season, the fifth season, titled “GOTHAM: Legend of the Dark Knight,” will pick up with Gotham City split amongst Gordon and the GCPD, and some of the most notorious fan-favorite villains, as the heroes try to gain control and salvage what’s left of the deteriorating city. This season will also introduce new villains, including the iconic Bane (guest star Shane West).
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller and executive producers Danny Cannon and John Stephens, GOTHAM follows the rise of Det. James Gordon through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. The series, from Warner Bros. Television, stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith and Chris Chalk.
Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, THE PASSAGE is an expansive, character-driven thriller written by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”). Executive-produced by Heldens, Emmy Award winner and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”) and writer/director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”), THE PASSAGE focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race.
When a young girl (Saniyya Sidney, “Fences,” “Hidden Figures”) is chosen to be a test subject, a federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Pitch”) is tasked with bringing her in, but ultimately, becomes her surrogate father, determined to protect her at any cost – even as Project Noah’s work threatens to unleash an unimaginable apocalypse.
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and EMPIRE co-creator Danny Strong partners with David Elliot (“Four Brothers”) to tell the emotional story of one woman’s fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own. PROVEN INNOCENT follows an underdog criminal defense firm led by a fierce and uncompromising lawyer, who was wrongfully convicted in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession, a household name and a national cause célèbre. The drama stars Rachelle Lefevre (“Under the Dome,” “A Gifted Man”), Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” “Cheers,” “Boss”), Russell Hornsby (“Seven Seconds,” “Grimm”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), Tony Award winner Nikki M. James (“BrainDead,” “The Good Wife,” “The Book of Mormon”), Riley Smith (“Frequency”) and Clare O’Connor (“Easy”). Adam Armus is an executive producer and showrunner.
Sunday, Dec. 30:
8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PM PT THE ORVILLE (Special Premiere)
Live to all time zones
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (encore)
9:30-10:00 PM REL (encore)
Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 1:
8:00-9:00 PM THE GIFTED (Winter Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM LETHAL WEAPON (Winter Premiere)
Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 2:
8:00-9:00 PM GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE MASKED SINGER (Series Premiere)
Thursdays, beginning Jan. 3:
8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE ORVILLE (Time Period Premiere)
Mondays, beginning Jan. 14:
8:00-9:00 PM THE RESIDENT (Winter Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE PASSAGE (Series Premiere)
Sunday, Jan. 27:
7:00-10:00 PM ET live / RENT (Live Musical Event)
Fridays, beginning Feb. 15:
8:00-8:30 PM LAST MAN STANDING
8:30-9:00 PM THE COOL KIDS
9:00-10:00 PM PROVEN INNOCENT (Series Premiere)
Sundays, beginning March 3:
7:30-8:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Time Period Premiere)
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM FAMILY GUY (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (Premiere)