The long-running detective dramedy series, Bones, which co-stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, has for a long time now been a staple in Fox’s block of original programming, it’s unique blend of police procedural and buddy cop comedy an unexpected delight for devoted viewers and occasional voyeurs alike.
On the other end of the Fox spectrum, Sleepy Hollow, which was just recently renewed for a third season, is a much darker, neo-fantasy thriller that shares a passing resemblance in narrative structure to Bones, an off-brand similarity, moreover, that Fox plans to exploit in an intriguing way later this Fall.
According to EW, Ichabod Crane may soon be trading information with Seely Booth, and Dr. Temperance Brennan may be exchanging lines with Abbie Mills, when Fox airs a two-episode set of Bones/Sleepy Hollow crossover episodes on the same night, back-to-back (with the two shows having been moved into the same prime time slot on Thursday nights, starting this Fall). With one episode allotted to each show’s individual run of episodes at the start of next season (the air date of which having been bumped back from an initial early Fall run to a later 2015-16 season slot), the crossover event is currently planned to air at the beginning of October, though little is yet known regarding which characters will appear in either episode, or where the two series may take such a strange concurrence of fictitious events.
Given the fact that Sleepy Hollow featured heavily as a part of Fox’s Fall lineup at the San Diego Comic-Con, and with actor John Noble singing the show’s praises, it would appear that Sleepy Hollow has finally found its way again after floundering and struggling to get a grip on its core narrative held between Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). What’s more, pairing the still fairly unconventional genre show with a crowd-pleaser like Bones might win the fantasy-thriller some new fans (which is a programming strategy likely taken into consideration by Fox in developing the crossover concept in the first place).
As Bones enters into what will be its eleventh season, it’s a good idea to use its pre-established cache and built-in fan base on the Fox network as a means to bolster and attract new viewers to Sleepy Hollow. Part of the trouble with Sleepy Hollow might just be that not as many people have heard of it as they have Bones, so airing the two shows within the same time frame, and accommodating their objectively dissimilar natures to one another through a special crossover event is just good programming on the part of Fox, and should hopefully pay off big for both shows – as it has for CW’s crossover shows, Arrow and The Flash.
If nothing else, it will be fun to see David Boreanaz back in the realm of fantasy genre fiction, a welcome diversion that Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel fans can rejoice in anticipating.
Bones/Sleepy Hollow will return with a two-part crossover series on October 1st, 2016 on Fox.