TV Tonight: How will ‘Bones’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’ pull off crossover?

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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.Bones and Sleepy Hollow might have similarly playful tones (and excellent banter between the two crime-fighting duos at their core), but it’s still a little crazy that the two Fox hits are doing a crossover. 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 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. Then, in the “Sleepy Hollow” episode that immediately follows, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz), the central characters in “Bones,” make their way into Crane and Mills’s demon-infested world.

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. And yet, here he sits on a late-September afternoon on the set of Bones, sipping a Sex on the Beach — which, according to Crane, Benjamin Franklin apparently once called a Fondle in the Forest — in the aptly titled Founding Father’s bar, his character toasting the unlikely foursome’s impossible achievement: finally getting along. 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. But let’s start at the beginning: The two-hour event kicks off in the more grounded universe of Bones, when a headless corpse lands in Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) possession at the Jeffersonian lab, raising a red flag for Ichabod and Abbie (Nicole Beharie). “Immediately, we think it’s the Headless Horseman,” says Mison, which is why the Sleepy duo arrive to claim the body under the guise of an investigation. 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.

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. Booth is an F.B.I. agent, Brennan a forensic anthropologist; the episodes are, essentially: Find a corpse, solve the crime. “Sleepy Hollow,” though, is a horror fantasy in which Crane — yes, the guy who inspired the poem — awakens in our time after more than two centuries of sleep and teams up with Mills, a modern-day woman with a badge, to stop the apocalypse and assorted invasions from the netherworld.

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. 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. She wants to be able to still fight evil, but still have a career.” That’s made especially difficult since Booth and Ichabod “don’t like each other instantly,” according to Mison. “[Booth] gets to throw in all of these subtle insults at Ichabod, who is trying to maintain his manners and respond in front of these two ladies. 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.

It makes for quite a nice dynamic.” “You just look at him, what he’s wearing, these frocks,” Boreanaz says of Booth’s reaction to Ichabod. “Initially not only what he wears on the exterior, but how he talks, what he’s representing, he’s a big squint in a very historical mind.” For the record, Boreanaz insists Booth would win in a fight. “He’s just got a faster draw,” he says. 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. But Mison counters, “Crane has been punched in the face by death.” Ichabod and Brennan, however, are a different story. “They’re very, very similar,” Mison says.

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 two parts are “very different tonally,” Mison says. “It’s really nice to see a transition from Bones into Sleepy Hollow and see the very few moments where they do interlink, where there’s weird dead bodies and mysteries — but they solve it with science, and we solve it with an old book and a founding father.” “It’s fun to see those worlds collide,” Boreanaz says. “It’s like a Ghostbuster moment.” Though, with what the quartet goes through in the second, more fantastical hour, Deschanel likens it to another famous flick. “It’s like an Indiana Jones situation,” she says before realizing, “My character is essentially an archeologist, right, so same thing.” After discovering the headless body actually belongs to the dangerous redcoat General Howe (Nicholas Guest) — who, unbeknownst to Team Bones, has been reanimated and raises a battalion of undead British soldiers — the crime fighters all find themselves in the bowels of the Capitol building, where they locate a secret door conveniently unlocked by the Mason ring on Ichabod’s hand.

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. The Bones writers would write a lot of the Sleepy Hollow episode with our writers and vice versa, just to make sure the integrity of the characters remains throughout. 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.

I was like, ‘Wow, this is great, we get to go on location to Atlanta and shoot,’ and they’re like, ‘No, they’re coming here.’ I was upset about that, to be quite honest.

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