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Fox picks up ‘Gotham’ series for 2014-15 season

Fox says it’s ordering a series that delves into the early career of future “Batman” police Commissioner James Gordon.

Producer Warner Bros. Television said Monday that the show called “Gotham” also will include untold tales of DC Comics villains and introduce a new character, Fish Mooney.

Jada Pinkett Smith will star as Mooney, with Ben McKenzie playing Gordon during his years as a detective.

Other cast members include Donal Logue as detective Harvey Bullock and David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne, the future Batman.

An air date hasn’t been announced, but a Warner Bros. spokesman says “Gotham” is planned for the 2014-15 season.

The broadcast networks will unveil their fall schedules to advertisers next week.

Future in doubt for ‘Crisis,’ ‘Believe’

The future is not looking bright for “Crisis” or “Believe.” NBC has pulled the series from its schedule on the final Sunday of May sweeps, May 18, and will replace the episodes with a “Women of SNL” special.

As previously announced, neither show will air this Sunday when the network will premiere the first episode of the two-part miniseries “Rosemary’s Baby.”

Both shows will return to their regularly scheduled time slots on May 25, but their prospects for renewal look increasingly dim.

Netflix orders 3rd ‘Orange’ season

Netflix has extended the sentence of “Orange Is the New Black” to a third season.

Ahead of its Season 2 rollout, which gets unleashed to the public June 6 on the streaming site, came word – or a photo, rather – of the prison dramady’s renewal.

Laura Prepon, who plays inmate Alex Vause, a thorny ex of Taylor Schilling’s Piper Chapman, let the cat out of the bag on her Instagram account.

Netflix has not officially announced a renewal, but a source close to production confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that work on a third season has begun.

‘Salem’ conjures up 2nd season on WGN

WGN America will brew another season of its first original scripted drama, “Salem.”

Three episodes into the first season of the witch-y tale, the network announced it has picked up the Sunday drama for a second season.

The TV series from Tribune Co.’s WGN America reimagines the infamous Colonial witch trials of the Massachusetts village.

“Salem” stands as the first player in the network’s bid to fashion itself into a top-tier cable network – with projects landing as the year continues.

It’s second run will begin production this year for a 2015 rollout.

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