TV’s ‘Gotham’ is taking flight. You can tell that by all the promotion it’s getting. It’s drizzled in so much pomp and circumstance that I’m sold on the show’s flavor from previews alone. I don’t care much about the no-name actors being stirred into this soup and Jada P. Smith isn’t a strong enough presence for me to want in. But the whole pot’s on medium with the steam rising lightly. All the ingredients are there and this gumbo is smelling like something out of Emeril Lagasse’s cookbook. I haven’t tasted a thing, but from the way stuff looks, we’re in for a gourmet experience. Like top chefs with a well-stocked fridge, the preview gives us a powerful “making of” that just clocks in under 20 minutes. We meet the characters, see some choreography, several interviews, everything but the kitchen sink. Today’s special is ‘A Legend Reborn.’ Bon appétit!

Broken up into four parts is an in-depth view of the innards that make this production tick. It tries to/succeeds in inducing wonder about what shapes these fated schmoes into who they will become. It’s about how extremely familiar people who could’ve lived normal lives eventually become psychopaths and terrorists. From roles invented for the show, like Fish Mooney, to the unsung heroes lurking inside Jim Gordon and young Bruce Wayne, here is a welcome glimpse inside the sadness, madness and house of dwindling hope that is Gotham City.

That was fantastic.

Though I worked in television for 20 years, I still somehow get magical feelings when I see the guts of a production. It’s like sitting down to a desk with a bunch of technical parts on top and, within just a few hours, you’ve got a sweet, working laptop. I’m digging all the casting choices. I like Jim Gordon, Harvey Bullock, LOVE Selina Kyle, Bruce and Cobblepot. The gang’s all here! But like I said before, I hope they don’t end up crowding this thing with too many characters. Going to the well too many times will always do you in.

This much hyped series stars Ben McKenzie, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Erin Richards, David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova. Look for it to show its dark side Sept. 22nd at 8pm on FOX.

Source – Coming Soon

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