“Gotham” (8 p.m. Eastern Thursdays on Fox) starts its fifth and final season in bats**t-crazy fashion (pun intended). In a way, that’s par for the course with this show, but it intends to go out in an especially big way. It’s doing the same risky thing “iZombie” did last year: expanding the scope beyond the city to a national scale (even though the events are contained in the city).
A couple of milestones: My 1,000th blog post and the start of the fall TV season. This season got started with a show that’s not necessarily the best on TV, but is quickly becoming one of my favorites: “Gotham” (8 p.m. Eastern Mondays on Fox).
“Gotham” (7 p.m. Central Mondays on Fox), by far the new fall series I was most looking forward to, gets off to a great start with its pilot episode. I see the series, executive-produced by Bruno Heller (“Rome,” “The Mentalist”) and with its pilot directed by TV veteran Danny Cannon, as a live-action version of “Batman: The Animated Series” from the 1990s, only set 10 to 20 years earlier on the timeline.
“Alcatraz” (8 p.m. Central Mondays on Fox) demonstrates that a show can be too high-concept, and also that how you present a show in your previews can influence how people view it.
Here are my first impressions of “Nikita,” which airs at 8 p.m. Central Thursdays on The CW.