The network will hold the Season 2 premiere of Seth MacFarlane's The Orville until Sunday, Dec. 30, following an National Football League double-header; the sci-fi comedy drama will then shift into its regular Thursday time slot.
The renewal arrives as Gotham needs exactly 13 episodes to reach the 100-episode milestone needed to sell the show in syndication, with Warners fighting hard for one final pickup amid Fox's changing creative direction.
While Gotham fans would love the show to continue for years to come (and it could on DC's new streaming service), the ratings weren't very high on Fox.More news: MI5 chief criticises Russian Federation over Salisbury poisoning
The series stars David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne, Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin and Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/The Riddler. The crime-ridden city is set on being levelled in the finale, allowing the upcoming fifth season to start afresh in the form of a mini-reboot.
Still remaining on the bubble at Fox are 20th TV-produced single-camera comedies Ghosted and L.A.to Vegas, both of which remain in the conversation for potential second-season renewals. Gotham's fate seemed tied to Lethal Weapon, a popular show on the network.
The site reports that the final season will, per the producers, "wrap up this unique origin story of the great DC Comics Super-villains and vigilantes, which revealed an entirely new chapter that has never been told".More news: AMG GT family welcomes new 'open air' Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster S
What do you want first? By getting to this point, Gotham will get to focus on Bruce Wayne turning into Batman, but the question still remains on how they will get there.
"A Dark Knight: No Man's Land" will be the last episode to conclude the ongoing season four this week.More news: Salma Hayek speaks frankly about Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo at Cannes