It's hard not to want to believe in talents like Alfonso Cuaron (of the amazing Gravity) and J.J. Abrams (no TV explanation necessary). These two very busy visionaries lend their names, and Cuaron his directing chops (in the pilot episode, anyway), for NBC's otherwise painfully derivative Believe (Monday, 10/9c), which plays like one of those middling Stephen King melodramas about supernaturally gifted children on the run for their lives.
Cuaron elevates the stock clichés with visual motifs of a butterfly providing mystical guidance and a dizzying flock of pigeons (my idea of a living nightmare) subduing a Big Bad Female Assassin in a loft. It's a handsome looking pilot, even at its most predictably familiar. And as Bo, the spunky little girl whose psychic and paranormal gifts seem to have no end — or, maddeningly, definition — Johnny Sequoyah is agreeable company, never too cute even when the script calls for Bo to be cloyingly precious. Because believe it or not, Believe feels it necessary to squelch the chase-thriller elements with schmaltzy subplots reminiscent of Fox's short-lived Touch. Bo knows goodness, and in between close calls as she eludes her well-funded potential kidnappers, she somehow finds time to inspire a young doctor to get past his crisis of confidence.
On Monday's Bones, Booth will be forced to question the honesty of a former brother in arms.
During the episode (8/7c, Fox), Booth( David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) investigate the murder of a woman that seems to indicate a believed-dead Afghani terrorist is still alive. As it turns out, the victim was actually a CIA source for Danny Beck (returning guest star Freddie Prinze Jr.), one of Booth's buddies from his Army special forces days. And although FBI-CIA communication is never particularly strong, Danny makes things worse by keeping very important information from Booth during the investigation.
Winter Preview: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows
"It's a really nice character piece for Booth," executive producer Stephen Nathan tells TVGuide.com. "We wanted to explore what this friendship really was all about [since] one person is in the business of keeping secrets from another....
Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams
Would love any Hawaii Five-0 scoop you can offer. — AmyN, via Twitter
McGarrett and Catherine will head to the Middle East for an off-the-grid mission that goes awry, leaving McGarrett injured and forced to make a heartbreaking decision.
Should we be worried about Benson and Cassidy on SVU? — Raul
Yep! I'm hearing that...
While many are mourning the upcoming loss of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it's time to look ahead to the future. Namely, Star Wars Rebels, which will debut later this year.
Disney revealed the first human character from the new series this week: a cowboy named Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.
It seems the Pelant story line on Bones just won't die.
Although Booth (David Boreanaz) ended Pelant (Andrew Leeds) once and for all with a gunshot to the heart earlier this season, the cyber serial killer makes yet another unsettling appearance to Brennan (Emily Deschanel) in the show's midseason premiere (Friday at 8/7c, Fox).
Winter TV: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows
"We just want to confirm the fact that she's haunted by this, that Pelant has had an impact on them," executive producer Stephan Nathan tells TVGuide.com of the spooky twist. "While he's gone, the impact on everything that he's done is still with them, which will inform some other stories in the future, although Pelant won't really be a part of them. There are a couple of loose ends for us to clean up, but the series is moving forward. We're not going to go back to Pelant much more."
However, the hints Pelant dropped before he died about another serial killer live on and take on scary new life on Friday's episode...