Gotham Is Staging an Epic O.C. Reunion—Gotham City, Here We Come

Gotham City, here she comes...

By Jean Bentley Dec 10, 2015 1:16 AMTags
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Gotham City, here she comes! Fox's Batman prequel, Gotham, is staging an epic The O.C. reunion when it brings in a former Orange County resident for an episode in 2016.

E! News has exclusively learned that Melinda Clarke, a.k.a. the occasionally evil and always scheming Julie Cooper, will recur on the DC series this spring as the attractive and cultured Grace Van Dahl.

Grace—who is not a DC character, by the way—is desperate for money and power. While she's adept at playing the perfect hostess and wife, all the while she's plotting how she can lie and cheat—and even kill!—to get what she wants.

Hm, sounds familiar!


Clarke will first appear in the 15th episode of season two, scheduled to air this spring. Other upcoming guest stars include Paul Reubens (yes, Pee-Wee Herman) as Penguin's dad (Robin Lord Taylor announced the news at New York Comic-Con), Breaking Bad alum Michael Bowen as deadly killer Patrick "Matches" Malone, and Orange Is the New Black star Lori Petty as Jeri, the flamboyant hostess of an underground club who gives Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) clues in his quest to find his parents' killer.

Gotham star McKenzie is open to other O.C. reunions, too. The actor told E! News' Kristin Dos Santos after Gotham's first season that he'd happily reunite with Adam Brody onscreen. "I saw Adam recently, and you know, I hope so. He's a great guy," McKenzie dished at the time.

Gotham returns Monday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Watch: Ben McKenzie Teases Dark Changes on "Gotham"