Fox renews 'Gotham' and 'The Orville' but there's a catch

On Monday it was confirmed that Fox's 'The Orville' season two and fifth and final season of 'Gotham' won't air until 2019

                            Fox renews 'Gotham' and 'The Orville' but there's a catch
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With constant reshuffles of shows on networks, we are embracing the bombardment of cancellations and delays. Adding to the news, (good or bad, we can't decide), Fox has confirmed 'The Orville' season two and fifth and final season of 'Gotham' won't air until 2019.

The network released a statement on Monday with a list of broadcast schedule for the rest of 2018 and 2019. The schedule confirmed that 'Lethal Weapon' season three has been slated for an earlier Tuesday night time slot after casting American Pie's Seann William Scott to replace Clayne Crawford. It was further revealed that the second season of Seth MacFarlane's space parody and the final season of the DC origins series will also not see the light of day until 2019.

MacFarlane had earlier tweeted, suggesting that the show wouldn't return in 2018 because there was "too much to do" and later going saying that 'The Orville' season two will arrive "later this year."

But a sigh of relief comes as 'Gotham' has been officially renewed by Fox for its fifth and final season escaping the clutches of the network's cancellation bloodbath last week. 'Gotham' was considered a gone case last week, or perhaps to move to DC’s streaming service. 'Gotham' has only been averaging 3.7 million viewers and 1.2 in the 18-49 demo and wasn’t expected to score into another year. 

The network has not stated how many episodes are in the order. 'Gotham' has had 22 episodes every year, but given how lucky it was to be renewed for a final season, a shorter run would not surprise.

"The fifth and final season will wrap up this unique origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, which revealed an entirely new chapter that has never been told," a Fox representative told Entertainment Weekly and Deadline.

Fox will also air new series Rent and The Passage this television season.