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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