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Monday TV in Review: Believe, Bones Moves Back

Johnny Sequoyah, Delroy Lindo

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.

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VIDEO: J.J. Abrams Wants You to Believe

Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin

J.J. Abrams has made the unimaginable imaginable many times before — the Cloverfield monster, Super 8's alien, Spock and Uhura — but now the prolific producer hopes fans will simply Believe.

His new NBC drama delves into the unlikely relationship that develops between... read more

Exclusive: NBC's Believe Snags Without a Trace's Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

NBC's midseason drama Believe has enlisted Without a Trace alum Marianne Jean-Baptiste for a recurring role, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

In Believe, an unlikely relationship develops between a young girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and her father Tate (Jake McLaughlin) when he's sprung from prison and tasked with protecting her from the evildoers who covet her power.

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