Fox announced today that they have issued their first series order this year, giving the green light to the highly-anticipated Gotham exactly one week before their official upfront presentation in New York. The project had already been given a series commitment, meaning the network would have had to pay a penalty if it wasn't greenlit, but it was always considered a lock for the 2014-2015 fall TV season. In addition, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the first trailer will debut during tonight's premiere of Fox's 24: Live Another Day.

Ben McKenzie stars in this upcoming program as James Gordon, a rookie Gotham cop who, along with his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), investigate the murder of young Bruce Wayne's (David Mazouz) parents. Other confirmed cast members include Jada Pinkett Smith as Gotham gangster Fish Mooney, Robin Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (a.k.a. The Penguin), Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman), Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Essen and Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma (a.k.a. The Riddler).

Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist) wrote the pilot script, which was directed by Danny Cannon.

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Fox also has two other hourlong pilots, the hip hop drama Empire and the hospital coming of age series Red Band Society, which will likely join Gotham on Fox's fall schedule.