Don’t Worry, Bones and Sleepy Hollow Stars Didn’t Really Understand the …

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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Bones’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Cross-Pollinate.

Bones (8 p.m., Fox) – In a crossover with “Sleepy Hollow,” Brennan and Booth encounter Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills while investigating a case involving a headless corpse. Sleepy Hollow, meanwhile, has built its deep mythology on a foundation of history studded with supernatural baddies who aren’t always easily defeated with bullets. Not only does the network serve up a double dose of crossover, but it also tries the unusual mixing of a series set in the real world with one that ventures into the fantasy realm.

On the FBI side, Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and Booth (David Boreanaz) form a bond when Booth realizes that newly-minted FBI agent Abbie has more than a few qualities that remind him of his younger self. On “The Vampire Diaries” (CW at 8), an unexpected turn of events throws Damon off in his fight against Lily, and it has unfortunate consequences for Stefan and Caroline. Chef Robert Irvine joins the team of judges on “Chopped: Impossible” (Food Network at 8), where an infamous ingredient resurfaces in the contestants’ baskets.

At least until the pair realizes they have more common ground than they initially believed, Bones executive producer Jonathan Collier explains. “He’s an educated man from another century who probably would be more like Brennan than not, if he would’ve been born in our time,” he told reporters earlier this week. Calling from their respective sets in Los Angeles and Atlanta, Boreanaz and Mison tell USA TODAY what to expect in this week’s creepy crossover: Boreanaz: I didn’t even think of it as a possibility.

My first reaction was, ‘Well, there’s the supernatural world of what they’re doing and the only real resemblance is that they’re both trying to solve things.’ When I read the script, I didn’t quite understand it. Sleepy Hollow EP Clifton Campbell says it was important to “stay true to the characters, the voices, and the tone of the show[s]” but also serve their individual stories. “It was a great deal of exchange back and forth with our writers’ room and the Bones writers’ room on how what sort of plot, what platform — and make the differences as seamless as possible, yet take full advantage of the tonal shift,” he said. ” And I found on our side of it for that to be the challenging things in all the right ways.” The crossover will air in two parts. “The Resurrection in the Remains” is the Bones hour, and it will be followed by “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the Sleepy Hollow installment. As the “Scandal” (ABC at 9) gladiators continue to defend their boss, Fitz and Olivia are presented with a plan so bold it just might be the answer to their problems. And the chutzpah — sure, it’s a ratings gimmick, but everything on television is a ratings gimmick — deserves a hat tip. “Bones” is basically a cop show. On “The Originals” (CW at 9), Elijah and Hayley attend a gala thrown by the Strix, a group of ancient vampires, in search of answers about Tristan’s motives in New Orleans.

The “Bones” episode begins with the discovery of a fresh corpse under the floorboards in a church where some young people are preparing for a kegger. The “Project Runway” (Lifetime at 9) Season 14 finale begins this week as the designers go home to work on their collections before returning to New York. But I knew David was very, very excited about working with me, so I said, ‘Yes, this is a great idea.’ When we got on set, it suddenly made perfect sense. On “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC at 10), Annalise takes on a new client — a transgender professor accused of killing her husband — and the Keating 5 identify a new suspect in the Hapstall case.

When you see David and Nicole together, it works really nicely and Emily and I seemed to fit very nicely, and it’s surprising how well the characters work together. On “The Player” (NBC at 10), the house bets on whether Alex can stop a serial killer from attacking before Halloween, and an unexpected visit from his niece raises the stakes. In the night’s second episode, that corpse disappears while being shipped to the town of Sleepy Hollow, where Crane and Mills had hoped to investigate it further, and the “Bones” team is called upon for crucial forensics. The writers have a good time pitting the age of science represented by “Bones” against the wacky spiritualism of “Sleepy Hollow.” Certain characters on “Bones,” especially Brennan, dismiss the possibility of an afterlife, a soul, a God.

The “Sleepy Hollow” heroes roll their eyes at this disbelief, having spent the show’s first two seasons battling the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and now, in the third, taking on Pandora, the woman with the box full of evil. Mison: I know that both our groups of writers were communicating with each other a lot, so that in each of the opposite episodes, the characters were respected and given their usual nuance. With (Booth) and Abbie, it was like feeling out a younger person who’s made it in the FBI and to show her some of the ropes, and … to reflect on his path and see something in her that was him at that time. Both have an undercurrent of humor, but on “Bones,” it’s the humor of the wisecrack, while on “Sleepy Hollow,” it’s more droll and observational. Both series are playing with house money at this point: “Sleepy Hollow” had its ratings slip in Season 2 and barely got a Season 3, while “Bones” ended its 10th season last June with an episode that seemed to assume that it wasn’t coming back.

Neither has much to lose. “So why not?” someone at Fox presumably said, a refreshing bit of whimsy in a business that too often takes itself too seriously.

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