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Michael Chiklis joins Gotham's second season as a series regular

07.22.2015

Vic Mackey is heading to Gotham City: The Wrap has learned that Michael Chiklis is set to join FOX's Batman prequel series as a regular for the upcoming second season. Chiklis will play the character of Captain Nathaniel Barnes.

Nathaniel Barnes is described as a "key member of Gotham's police force" but the name does not immediately bring to mind any DC Comics characters that it could be based on. In Gotham's first season, the sole original creation was Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett-Smith, who was received very differently by audiences. While it is unknown if Pinkett-Smith will return for season two (something the actress denies), Chiklis joining the series as a regular definitely is a move in the right direction for the uneven show.

Chiklis is best known for his work on TV series like The Commish and fan favorite The Shield. He is adept at playing police officers and has a background in superhero fare in the form of his short-lived series No Ordinary Family and portraying The Thing in the first two FANTASTIC FOUR films. He was most recently seen on FX's American Horror Story: Freak Show. Chiklis is a great actor when the material is right and seeing him return to a police role should make for solid television.

Gotham's second season is being billed as "Rise of the Villains", so it will be interesting to see whether Chiklis' character remains a hero or turns bad guy. Gotham returns for it's second season on Monday, September 25th on FOX.

Source: The Wrap

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3:33PM on 07/22/2015
I am amazed this got another season, while far better shows are being dropped.
I am amazed this got another season, while far better shows are being dropped.
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9:29AM on 07/22/2015
I love the guy, but the show is just terrible and I doubt his addition will change that. Those asking below whether its worth it, no stay the fuck away. I watched the whole season, hoping and praying it would find its footing and get better. Sadly it never did. There were one or two good episodes, but in a 20+ episode season that isn't enough. The series doesn't know what it wants to be, and therefor it is the most uneven mess I have ever watched on tv.
I love the guy, but the show is just terrible and I doubt his addition will change that. Those asking below whether its worth it, no stay the fuck away. I watched the whole season, hoping and praying it would find its footing and get better. Sadly it never did. There were one or two good episodes, but in a 20+ episode season that isn't enough. The series doesn't know what it wants to be, and therefor it is the most uneven mess I have ever watched on tv.
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9:04AM on 07/22/2015
Does anyone recommend this series? Wondering whether it's worth checking out. I've only heard bad things so far.
Does anyone recommend this series? Wondering whether it's worth checking out. I've only heard bad things so far.
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8:46AM on 07/22/2015
I don't really watch this show. Checked it out a few times and it did nothing for me. Seems like they're wasting an opportunity to tell a decent crime show set in the DCU. I feel like this is either a huge step down for Chiklis, or he'll be able to bring this up to be a calibre cop drama in primetime.
I don't really watch this show. Checked it out a few times and it did nothing for me. Seems like they're wasting an opportunity to tell a decent crime show set in the DCU. I feel like this is either a huge step down for Chiklis, or he'll be able to bring this up to be a calibre cop drama in primetime.
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