Fox Scores Hot New Gotham TV Series Wins bidding war for hotly anticipated series 'Gotham' By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff Posted Sep 25, 2013 1:01 PM CDT 3 comments Comments Gotham will go earlier than this Batman No. 1 comic. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions) (Newser) – Gotham City is coming to primetime TV ... but without Batman. Fox has won a bidding war for Gotham, a new live-action series from The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, set in the fictional city before one of its billionaires started dressing up in bat costumes. Instead, the show will tell the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and various Batman-universe villains, Deadline reports. The show is such a hot property that it's been ordered straight to series without going through the pilot stage, adds IGN.