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Fox's 'Gotham' is hopeful in raising TV ratings

According to The New York Times on Sunday, Fox is hopeful about it's new comic book TV show "Gotham". Creator Bruno Heller sings accolades on how he thinks it will surpass Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy. Also, the origin stories that will delve into each villain prior to their encounter with the Dark Knight may prove to be engaging to audiences.

Executive producer/writer Bruno Heller of 'The Mentalist' speaks during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on July 18, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.
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The sizable broadcast networks made their way to New York pitching their TV show line-ups to debut their fall schedules and then "compete for shares of $60 billion in total annual TV ad spending". Hopefully, marketers will see the value in the show and bring revenue in their direction.

Even though Fox had a bump in ratings per the Nielsen numbers via the airing of the Super Bowl, since then it took a hit in the ratings by 17 percent. This decline was led by the long time once popular "America Idol" which had been in decline. So with the uprising of success with ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", it seems that Fox sees the value in comic book TV movie franchises as well as a host of other networks like NBC's new "Constantine" show. So the bandwagon for comic book TV series seems to be populating graciously. Senior vice president and director for national television at Horizon Media, David Campanelli states "Fox has the most to prove".

The name recognition helps dramatically to get people to sample a new series,” Mr. Campanelli said. “Beyond that, the proof is in the pudding. If the show isn’t any good, people won’t care.

The show does give a similar "dark" appearance similar that to the Nolan trilogy starring Christian Bale, only in this case Bruce Wayne is a young 12-year old that is seen orphaned by the death of his parents as a result of the crime ridden factions in Gotham City. The show delves into a young Detective James Gordan, played by "Southland's" Ben McKenzie, as he steps into his brand new career at the start of the environment which molded him to become a better law enforcement officer.

Heller is pretty confident in his creation as he also was signed on to move forward with ABC's "The Mentalist" for a seventh season.