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Love villains, weirdos, and freaks of all kinds? You’ll be happy to know there’s a lot more of both FX’s American Horror Story and Fox’s Gotham coming down the road. The former has been renewed for a fifth season, while the latter has been picked up for a full first season. Hit the jump for more details.

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‘Big’ TV Show Coming From ‘Enlisted’ Guys

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Yet another big-screen classic is making the leap to the small screen. Fox has put into development a TV series remake of Big, the 1988 comedy starring Tom Hanks. But the really good news here is that the project is coming from Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, who most recently worked together on the beloved-but-cancelled Enlisted.

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From a marketing standpoint, Fox’s Gotham already had the deck stacked heavily in its favor. It’s a gritty superhero origin story, at a time when gritty superhero origin stories are doing massive business. And the superhero in question isn’t some indie-comic third-stringer, but one of the most iconic, most beloved superheroes of all time. Those facts alone would be enough to make Gotham one of the most buzzed-about new shows of the 2014-2015 season, even without a seasoned, capable creator (Bruno Heller, of Rome and The Mentalist) and a thoroughly solid cast (Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett-Smith).

But from a creative standpoint, that very same advantage — Gotham‘s familiarity — proves to be a major liability. It’s an antihero crime drama in a pop culture landscape already saturated with antihero crime dramas, and these particular antiheroes are already extremely well known. By the show’s very nature, there’s little question as to where most of its characters will end up, which drastically lowers the dramatic tension. Were Gotham not a Batman prequel, we might be left wondering whether Jim Gordon (McKenzie) could possibly make good on his promise to clean up the city, or whether Bruce Wayne’s traumatic childhood would forge a hero or a villain. As it is, we already know exactly what the answers are.

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Simpsons Family Guy Crossover

The Simpsons and the Griffiths have danced around each other for years, sharing Fox’s Animation Domination programming block and taking good-natured jabs around each other on their respective shows. But it’s only this fall that they’re coming face-to-face for the very first time.

At Comic-Con this weekend, attendees got a first look at the upcoming Simpsons / Family Guy crossover in the form of a five-minute preview. Now the clip has just hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Fox’s Gotham isn’t short on budding supervillains, but showrunner Bruce Heller wants to bring even more baddies into the fold. In a recent interview, he confirmed that Hugo Strange and Harvey Dent (a.k.a. Two-Face) would also be making appearances on the series.

But one iconic Batman character who’ll be taking his sweet time showing himself is the Joker. Though previous reports indicated that every single episode of the first season would tease a possible Joker, Heller insisted the reveal will be more subtle than that. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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‘Enlisted’ Could Be Resurrected at Yahoo

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Still basking in the grateful admiration of Community fans the world over, Yahoo is now looking to save another beloved cult series. The site is reportedly considering a second season of the Fox comedy Enlisted, which was axed in May after nine highly praised but poorly rated episodes. Hit the jump for more on Enlisted‘s possible Yahoo revival.

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Fox Announces ‘Gotham’ Premiere Date

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Briefly: After teasing us for months with posters, trailers, TV spots, featurettes, and more, Fox has finally set an official premiere date for Gotham. The Batman prequel series will bow Monday, September 22 at 8:00 PM, just ahead of Sleepy Hollow‘s second season premiere at 9:00. Get the rest of Fox’s fall schedule here.

Ben McKenzie leads the freshman drama as Jim Gordon, a rookie detective with the Gotham PD. In his line of work, he crosses paths with a young Bruce Wayne, as well as several colorful characters who will someday become Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, and more. [TheWrap]

‘Gotham’ Director Wants to Introduce Mr. Freeze

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Fox’s Gotham is ostensibly the origin story of Jim Gordon and Batman, but it seems to be as much about the villains as it is the heroes. Catwoman, the Penguin, the Riddler, and Poison Ivy are just a few of the classic characters we can expect to meet, along with new inventions like Jada Pinkett Smith‘s Fish Mooney.

Even with that lineup, though, director Danny Cannon is hoping to make room for one more baddie. He’s pushing to introduce Mr. Freeze, the mad scientist who enjoys chilling things and making ice-themed puns. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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