TVLine Items: Gotham Has Best Buzz, Zahn & Malco Are Mad Dogs and More

Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh…best buzz!

That’s right: Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel Gotham topped the Television Critics Association’s poll for “Most Promising New Show” of Fall 2014, with Jane the Virgin (from The CW) and Showtime’s The Affair finishing at No. 2 and 3, it was announced on Tuesday.

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Most Promising New Comedy went to ABC’s black-ish, edging out Jane the Virgin and NBC’s A to Z, while Gotham (not surprisingly) also snagged Most Promising New Drama, followed by The Affair and (just one vote behind it) ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder.

Finally, Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez won Potential New Breakout Star “in a landslide,” followed by The Flash‘s Grant Gustin and Gotham‘s Robin Lord Taylor.

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Still hungry for a heaping plate of TV dish? Well…

* Romany Malco (Weeds), Steve Zahn (Mind Games) and Ben Chaplin have landed three of the four leads in Shawn Ryan’s adaptation of British hit Mad Dogs, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama follows four former frat brothers whose dream Belize vacation turns into a nightmare involving a murder and an out-for-blood gang lord.

* Donald Trump announced on Twitter that the late, great Joan Rivers served as his advisor on two episodes of the recently wrapped, still unscheduled next season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.

* Jon Polito (Bunheads, Raising the Bar) will potentially recur on Modern Family as Jay’s ex-business partner/current nemesis in the home closet industry, TVLine has learned.

* The Young and The Restless has cast General Hospital alum Kelly Sullivan (ex-Connie) in the recurring role of Sage, who is described as “discreet and reserved” but with “fire beneath the surface,” Soap Opera Digest reports. She debuts Oct. 28.

* Marvel’s Avengers Assemble will return for Season 2 on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 am on Disney XD, while Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Season 2 premieres Sunday, Oct. 12 at 9 am.

* HBO’s Boardwalk Empire on Sunday opened its farewell run with 2.4 million viewers, on par with its previous premiere and up a bit from its Season 4 finale.

* Showtime has unveiled a more expansive Season 4 trailer for Homeland, one that sheds light on Carrie’s style of motherhood (absentee!) and her mission in Pakistan. Press PLAY below for the whole enchilada.

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  1. onelastemperor says:

    Jane the Virgin? seriously? I hope this crap will not last even a season)

    • Danyelle says:

      you have seen it? give us review thx much

    • Moment says:

      It’ll probably end up like Star Crossed and The Tommorow People.

    • Aha says:

      It’s getting strong reviews so what makes it crap? I hope the show makes it and Gina Rodriguez becomes a true breakout star.

      • Look, I’m from South America, we love telenovelas, I saw the original “Ugly Betty” and loved, and the US version was very smartly adapted, so it wouldn’t feel weird for the viewers… Even if Jane is getting nice reviews, I still think it will backslash with the viewers, as will Black-ish, see “Trophy wife” for reference, and that was even a decent show. But the idea that a girl that gets impregnated by accident, when her career is launching and she just got engaged, decides to keep the baby and play “surrogate” without taking any serious action against the doctor and clinic, and despite the fact that she didn’t even had sex ever, it just won’t sit well with the CW’s viewers, Besides, the original telenovela is, already, ten years old, and a lot has changed in the world in ten years, the remake made to Unimás this year, at least made adaptations to the idea, so we could understand why this girl would keep the baby, why this guy wants this baby so much, while exploring themes like corruption, social themes and others, but still had its problems. The creative choices the CW version did, and the change of genre to humor, just doesn’t seem right. I still think it will flunk!

    • Ray says:

      Crap? It’s one of the critic’s top favorites in a lackluster crop of new shows.

  2. Jess says:

    Someone needs to find out if Carrie & Quinn are gonna hook up this season!! I NEED TO KNOW!!

  3. A says:

    Has anyone seen the Gotham pilot? Is it better than The Flash pilot?

  4. Tran says:

    So excited for the new season of Homeland premiering October 5th. Season Four hopes to bounce back after a not-so-strong third season but if the series can’t redeem itself then Showtime may consider renewing it for a fifth and possible final season.

  5. Lo says:

    Here’s an idea: How about we STOP making adaptations?! The US version of The Office paled in comparison to the UK version, as did Life on Mars. Broadchurch could have been enjoyed on its own, but no, they just had to make Gracepoint. And now Mad Dogs? I get that Americans aren’t really down with subtitles (i.e. The Bridge/Broen, The Killing/Forbrydelsen), but these shows are all BRITISH! Why is there always this incessant need to remake already brilliant shows into shadows of their former selves? Next, it’ll be Downton Abbey set in the Upper West Side. Ugh.

    Thanks for letting me vent….