Heads will roll — and more than a few eyes — in Fox's lavishly entertaining but hopelessly convoluted new supernatural thriller Sleepy Hollow (Monday, 9/8c), which officially kicks off a new season of network premieres. Given how ordinary so many of the networks' new shows are this fall, it seems a bit churlish not to wholeheartedly embrace a series that is anything but ordinary. And yet by the end of an opening hour that gets off to a spectacularly fun start, I wanted nothing more than for it to just shut up with all of the apocalyptic mumbo jumbo.
On the plus side, a star is unquestionably born in Tom Mison, a winning British actor who makes for a dashing and amusing action hero in this bold re-imagining of Washington Irving's iconic Ichabod Crane (from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which we've heretofore seen Disney-fied and Tim Burton-ized). Here conceived as a studly Revolutionary War hero and spy for General George Washington, this Ichabod is mysteriously resurrected into the 21st century, along with the axe-wielding Headless Horseman who cut him down 250 years ago and is soon lopping off heads in the modern-day Hollow.
This summer, Bones creator Hart Hanson did something he hates doing: He gave viewers a huge spoiler.
At Comic-Con in July, Hanson told thousands of gathered fans that -- despite the Season 8 cliff-hanger that saw Booth (David Boreanaz) turn down a long-awaited proposal from Brennan (Emily Deschanel) because of a threat from serial killer Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds) — Booth and Brennan will be getting married this season. "It was a sad enough season-ender that we wanted to tell people, 'You know what? This works out alright,'" Hanson tells TVGuide.com.
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As such, crafting the Season 9 premiere (Monday at 8/7c, Fox), which takes place a few months after where the finale left off, became a bit tricky. After all, before that happy day comes, Booth and Brennan have to work through the consequences of Booth's lie. "We had to figure out: 'How do we continue telling the story of these two people in an honest way?'" executive producer Stephan Nathan says...
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ADAM: Although man-of-faith Booth seeks out his former priest Aldo for guidance about how to proceed with Brennan after his lie about the engagement, it's what the padre tells Brennan that ends up making all the difference in repairing that relationship. And even though Aldo's religious beliefs are now more in line with those of woman-of-science Brennan, look for Bones to take a leap of faith. And speaking of Booth's old friends: Freddie Prinze Jr.'s CIA agent doesn't get much to do in the premiere, but he does make Booth an enticing offer that he'll likely wrestle with all season long.
Freddie Prinze Jr. is bugging out for his next role: The actor will guest-star on Lifetime's upcoming series Witches of East End as a ...
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. welcomed their second child, a baby boy, back in September, but they've kept his name under wraps until now.
The couple, who have been married for 10 years, named the little guy Rocky James, Us Weekly reports, meaning he'll share a middle name with his dad.