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Ichabod struggles with lost time, Abbie wrestles with her faith and the show loses a bit of its spark
Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Katrina (Katia Winter) share a moment in purgatory in 'Sleepy Hollow'
I suppose sooner or later there needed to be a "Sleepy Hollow" episode dealing with Ichabod feeling out of place in the 21st Century, but I'm not sure it needed to be quite as clumsy or underwhelming as "John Doe." Not that the hour was any kind of severe misstep, more like a minor stumble as the still-promising show continues to find its voice and build its narrative foundation.
The action star returns to his comedic roots in Studio 8H
Bruce Willis and Cecily Strong promote this week's episode
The thirty-ninth season of “Saturday Night Live” has seen a lot of changes in its cast from the past few seasons, but really not much change in terms of overall quality. You take the good, you take the bad, you take the Drunk Uncle, and there you have the facts of “SNL” in this decade. It doesn’t matter if you throw up a seemingly slam-dunk host like Tina Fey or a potential wild-card like Miley Cyrus: the core elements of the show are what they are, meaning that there’s little in the way that’s going to change until the new writing staff figures out how to work with the new cast in ways that honor the show’s history while forging its future.
That’s why tonight’s episode isn’t really about host Bruce Willis
and musical guest Katy Perry
, a past host who will undoubtedly end up in at least one sketch tonight. (Late update: Nope! I was wrong.)
It’s more about seeing if any synergy between the on-screen and off-screen talent has sparked something that might indicate how this version of the show will operate. It’s not about expecting a fully-formed unit bonded over an intense three-week period to suddenly appear on the small screen. Rather, it’s about seeing any hints about what this iteration of the show’s cast might offer. The six new cast members have barely made a dent thus far, and the returning cast members have largely done new iterations of old characters. There will be at least two weeks between this episode and the next, so the show needs to make some impression that will last for that fortnight. (Update: Ed Norton will host in two week's time, as announced during tonight's broadcast.)
It's officially just 'Melrose Place' with more motorcycles
A rough week for Gemma (Katey Sagal) and Nero (Jimmy Smits) on 'Sons of Anarchy'
Is Jax Teller actually the worst president in SAMCRO history or is he just an unfortunate victim of TV writers trapped in a twisted competition of "Look how far I can go!" absurdities?
Abbie faces off with her sister and the freaky demon gets a name
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and his fancy hat in 'Sleepy Hollow'
In case you haven't heard, "Sleepy Hollow" received some good news after last week's episode aired: Fox officially renewed the show for a second season.
The pop sensation/lightning rod returns to host the show.
Miley Cyrus and Taran Killam get ready for 'Saturday Night Live'.
Miley Cyrus is the host and musical guest for tonight’s episode of “Saturday Night Live”. And I’m here with a bold prediction: This will be terrible…unless it’s incredible…unless it’s pretty much as tepid as most episodes. Of this, we can be sure!
Look, it’s fun to talk about Cyrus’ new public persona, and her choice of outfits and/or dance moves, but all that is as unimportant as what any other star brings to the table. When she hosted two years ago, she did just fine: She was game for all sorts of sketches, excelled in a few, and was let down by the writing in others. Sound familiar? It should, since that describes 90% of the hosts that the show gets. That Cyrus is arriving at a point in which there’s never been more ink (virtual and real) spilled about her mental state works in the favor of “Saturday Night Live” as a driver of headlines. But it’s not inconceivable that she’ll be a perfectly fine host who may lick a sledgehammer when it’s time to sing but play by the company rules when the comedy light is on.
Multiple deaths aren't enough to justify another flabby 90-minute episode
Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) is concerned about Jax (Charlie Hunnam) on "Sons of Anarchy"
Everything that happens in this week's "Sons of Anarchy" could've been condensed into a pretty solid hour of TV. So why did "Wolfsangel" have to be yet another unnecessarily bloated 90 minute episode?
A creepy 'Nightmare On Elm Street'-esque episode delves into Abbie's past with mixed results
Nicole Beharie in 'Sleepy Hollow'
Should we judge "Sleepy Hollow" by the monster of the week or the mythology of the week? It's still an open question in these early stages, as the show finds its way and figures out how to strike the right balance.
The thirty-ninth season starts with a familiar face as host and a slew of unknown faces along for the ride.
Tina Fey and Arcade Fire prepare for this week's 'Saturday Night Live' premiere.
First of all, welcome back to another season of “Saturday Night Live” recaps! Second of all, sorry about the promotional photo to the left of this paragraph and the nightmares it will undoubtedly inspire. That’s on NBC, not us.
There are many changes in the air as the show starts its thirty-ninth season, with six new cast members, a host of departing ones, and the latest round of “the show isn’t as good as it used to be” swirling around it like vultures who haven’t found a new or interesting thing to say about the show in decades. No one knows if the show will be better or worse this season. But it will absolutely, positively be different. And “different” is often good when it comes to “SNL”. Change is built into the show’s DNA, and there’s no reason to think that the departures of Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, and (later this season) Seth Meyers will finally kill the show. If “The Californians” couldn’t kill this show, nothing can.
Clay takes his chances in prison, Toric takes a turn for the worse, and Tig lands in hot water
Clay (Ron Perlman) survives yet again on 'Sons of Anarchy'
The problem with trying to keep a show like "Sons of Anarchy" interesting after six seasons is that viewers start to feel like they've seen it all before. A crooked cop who's no better than the MC? A mother who'll do anything to get her kid(s) back? A member of the MC facing almost certain death right before the credits roll? We've been down these roads before.
How did FOX's crazy surprise hit stack up in week two?
Andy Dunn (John Cho) has a real pain in the neck in week two of 'Sleepy Hollow'
We got a good sense of exactly what kind of wackadoodle show "Sleepy Hollow" aspires to be from last week's surprisingly highly rated pilot, but now comes the real test. Did enough viewers like what they saw to tune in for week two, and will the events of the second episode keep them hooked?