For the second year in a row, the Television Critics Association is betting on a superhero show. The TCA named Fox’s Gotham, which focuses on the origin stories of Commissioner Gordon and Batman’s legendary foes, the “most promising” new show of the fall TV season. The CW’s Jane the Virgin and Showtime’s The Affair came in second and third in the TCA poll. Gotham was also deemed the most promising drama, followed by The Affair and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, starring Viola Davis. ABC’s Black-ish topped the list on the comedy side, beating out Jane and NBC’s A to Z.
In the inaugural poll last year, the TCA named Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.— another show that’s not actually about superheroes but is set in a superhero world—the most promising. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s returns on that promise, however, were something of a mixed bag. The critical response to the show wasn’t rapturous—in October EW’s Darren Franich called it a “resolutely okay TV show”—and ratings weren’t spectacular. Comedy pick Brooklyn Nine-Nine ended up surprising at the Golden Globes, even if its ratings left something to be desired. Last year’s “promising” drama was The Blacklist, a ratings success for NBC that Netflix recently decided was worth $2 million an episode.