SLEEPY HOLLOW: New Boss Clifton Campbell on Making Abbie and Ichabod Central, Bringing the Fun Back, and More
[caption id="attachment_88637" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Credit: Fox[/caption] SLEEPY HOLLOW is returning for its third season on October 1st...with quite a few changes in store. Tom Mison's Ichabod and Nicole Beharie's Abbie are still leading the way as humanity's best hope at avoiding a full-on apocalypse (with help from Lyndie Greenwood's Jenny), but the show lost Orlando Jones' Irving -- who exited the series over the hiatus -- as a vital ally. And since Team Witness defeated John Noble’s Henry and Katia Winter’s Katrina were killed off in the final episodes of the show’s second season, the show needed some new blood to fill their shoes. Enter Nikki Reed (who is playing Betsy Ross, Crane's former partner), Shannyn Sossamon (who is playing the show's new Big Bad, Pandora), Lance Gross (who is playing Abbie’s boss, Daniel Reynolds), and season 2 guest star Zach Appelman, (who played Corbin’s son, Joe), all of whom are now regulars on the drama. The series also changed bosses over the hiatus: Clifton Campbell joined the show, replacing departing showrunner Mark Goffman. "I saw there were a few things that [SLEEPY HOLLOW] very subtly needed to recalibrate to bring the fun back to the show, to bring the characters of Abbie and Crane front and center," Campbell acknowledged. I spoke with him about taking on the show, what's next for the Witnesses, the new Big Bad, building out a season-long flashback tale, and more...
BONES Bosses on Embracing the Past, the ‘Energizing’ Season 11, and the Game-Changing Midseason Finale
[caption id="attachment_88538" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Credit: FOX[/caption] BONES is starting its impressive 11th season with new bosses in charge -- but, thankfully, Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson (the aforementioned showrunners) have been with the show for a bit, and have a vested interest in doing right by it. "We love the show," Peterson gushed over the summer. "We've been handed the most precious baby in the world, and we want to see her run for a long, long time. We love her. We're going to do whatever is best for her. We're not going to do it if it's not true to the characters, the story. I'd like to see her live as long as THE SIMPSONS lives." "We were handed something that was great, so we're deeply respectful of what [BONES creator] Hart [Hanson] and [longtime BONES showrunner] Stephen [Nathan] have done before us," Collier pointed out. "The DNA of the show is so good, they managed it so well. The first rule of thumb is do no harm. The second rule is keep it fresh, which was Hart's advice to us. Everything we're doing is with Hart and Stephen's blessing; we love them, we still lean on them for advice." The duo also received another important piece of feedback when it was announced they would be taking over showrunning duties.
CASTLE Post-Mortem: Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter on the Castle-Beckett Twist: This Season Will be About the Journey of That Relationship
[caption id="attachment_88442" align="alignleft" width="300"] Credit: ABC/Richard Cartwright[/caption] [Warning: This post contains major, major, major spoilers for the CASTLE episode, "XX." If you have not watched the second hour of season 8, please go watch it now, and then come back to see what showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter had to say about what went down.]
CASTLE Season 8 Premiere: ‘XY’ You Ask, I Answer
[caption id="attachment_39872" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Credit: ABC[/caption] CASTLE's eighth season kicks off in a unique way: when Beckett goes missing, the first hour of the premiere tracks Castle (and the team's) quest to find out what happened to her. (We'll see what went down from her point of view in the second episode of the season, "XX.") I had the chance to watch the first episode, "XY," and was able to answer a few of your questions about the hour. As a reminder, the intention of this is never to ruin the viewing experience, so these are more teases than flat-out spoilers. Here's what I can say about "XY"...
CASTLE: New Showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter Tease Season 8
[caption id="attachment_39872" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Credit: ABC[/caption] CASTLE is undergoing a good number of changes when the show returns on September 21st. On-screen, THE NEIGHBORS’ Toks Olagundoye has joined the ABC drama as Hayley, a security specialist; meanwhile, Penny Johnson Jerald (Gates) is off the show, and Beckett is the new captain. Off-screen, there are some changes at play, too. Season 7 showrunner David Amann has left, as have CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe and executive producer Terri Edda Miller. Long-time CASTLE writer Terence Paul Winter is now running the series with former CASTLE writer (and recent THE FOLLOWING co-showrunner) Alexi Hawley. And season 8 is going to be a big one for the show. "It's going to be a great year…we have a delightful launch, these wonderful tentpoles where things are changing and evolving," Winter shared. "And for the whole season, we're telling a wonderful story from beginning to end that will further the love story of Castle and Beckett." I spoke with Winter and Hawley about taking over showrunner responsibilities, what's in store this season, and more...
Jay Garrick (guest star Teddy Sears), a mysterious man from Earth-2, appears at S.T.A.R. Labs with a dire warning about an evil speedster named Zoom, who is set on destroying The Flash. Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team must decide if they can trust this stranger even as they face yet another powerful meta-human. Meanwhile, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) must deal with a determined officer named Patty Spivot (guest star Shantel VanSanten) who wants to join his meta-human task force.