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The original 1960s Batman cast reunites!


SPECIAL REPORT: The dangerous truth behind survival shows



(New York, NY) – Fox's Gotham chronicles the famed comic book city's descent into chaos in the years before Batman suits up, and the latest issue of TV Guide Magazine, dated October 27-November 9, 2014 (on stands now), is along for the origins story.


Ben McKenzie, who plays Detective Jim Gordon, is featured on the cover. "It keeps getting more and more twisted," says McKenzie, whose character will one day become Commissioner and rely on the Caped Crusader to restore order.


TV Guide Magazine senior writer Damian Holbrook met up with the cast, crew, and producers of Gotham while they filmed on a drizzly day in New York. He chronicles the mood on set, as McKenzie and co-star Donal Logue describe the sense of duty that comes with adapting the DC Comics title. Says executive producer Bruno Heller: "I won't say it's an easy show to make. It's a really, really tough show to make. But that's the joy of it." Watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage here:


Gotham is also about the origins of eventual Batman villains like the Penguin and Catwoman. Robin Lord Taylor, as the nascent Penguin, Oswald Cobblepot, has been an early standout, as has Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays sadistic mobster Fish Mooney. Both actors also appear on the TV Guide Magazine cover.


Gotham is just the latest TV take on Bruce Wayne. Many fans still fondly remember the original 1960s Batman, which will be released next month as a DVD and Blu-ray box set. Writer William Keck meets up with original cast members Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) to discuss the show's legacy, nearly 50 years later.


Shows like Dual Survival and Naked and Afraid have helped make real-life survival one of TV's hottest genres. But when participants get pushed to endure ever more dangerous situations, the question arises: How far is too far? Writer David Peisner takes a deep dive on the topic, and talks with former cast members who express concern that these shows have gotten out of hand. "You're dealing with people who have no experience in my profession who are making a show on survival skills," says former Dual Survival star Cody Lundin. "They asked me many, many times to do stupid s--t that I refused to do.… When you see a survival show that enhances or creates risk, you're dealing with a phony."  


Too often, shows’ participants are pushed further than is sensible, resulting in major health threats, including severe dehydration, hypothermia, poisonous snake bites, diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. Copycat situations are also a growing concern: A 29-year-old man died in the Scottish Highlands on a 2012 trip reportedly inspired by adventure-junkie Bear Grylls’ show Man vs. Wild. Says survival instructor Steve Watts, “Some people have this idea that they’d like to be in a real survival situation. It’s sort of glamorized.”  


Are survival shows too dangerous? TV Guide Magazine investigates.


Also in this issue:


— The return of Lisa Kudrow's cult comedy The Comeback; Sean Hayes and Will Arnett joining forces on CBS's The Millers; behind the scenes with Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay for the final chapter of USA Network's White Collar; TV legend Norman Lear on his new memoir; upcoming TV movie adaptations of box-office hits Big, Uncle Buck, Minority Report, Monster-in-Law, Rush Hour, and Westworld; makeup-effects guru Greg Nicotero talks creating zombies on The Walking Dead; first-look photos from Constantine, Pretty Little Liars and Scandal; and more!


— Regular features including Matt Roush's reviews of Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Benched (USA), and The Game (BBC America), and his list of Top 10 Must-See Shows. Also: Cheers & Jeers, America's Most Watched top 25 ratings chart, Lisa Schwarzbaum's on-demand movie reviews, a Tastemakers Q&A with MasterChef Junior winner Alexander Weiss, and primetime TV listings.





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Friday, October 24, 2014