Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece.
Most of the major networks have already put forward their fall 2014 schedules, but fourth place is hardly bad press for FOX, given all their promising new series on deck. The full fall premiere list has arrived, plotting 'Gotham''s batty debut ahead of the much-hyped 'Family Guy'-'Simpsons' crossover, while 'Glee''s final farewell and more have been pushed to midseason.
A few weeks ago saw Warner Bros. unleashing its full docket of Comic-Con 2014 panels, but 20th Century Fox and the fine folk at FX are certainly no slouches. Find out what brings 'American Horror Story' to San Diego for the very first time, along with 'The Strain,' a crossover event between 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy,' the final ride for 'Sons of Anarchy' and many, many more at Comic-Con 2014!
Earlier today we found out that FOX's 'Gotham' would occupy the Monday slot alongside 'Sleepy Hollow' season 2, but that proved among the least surprising choices for the upcoming season. Find out what's got Emmy-winner 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' busting up FOX's Animation Domination, and where we can expect the final season of 'Glee' to land with FOX's full fall lineup!
Many were surprised by FOX's decision not to grant fall breakout hit 'Sleepy Hollow' an additional 8 episodes beyond the first 13, instead keeping quality higher with a smaller order. The same was to prove true of season 2, though new reports suggest that 'Sleepy Hollow''s second run could see as many as 15-18 episodes, while the new season also added 'West Wing' star Timothy Busfield as founding father Benjamin Franklin.
One of the undeniable breakouts series of 2013, FOX's supernaturally spooky 'Sleepy Hollow' will return for another 13 episodes this coming fall, continuing Icabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie)'s fight against the coming apocalypse. And while fall seems forever away, stars and producer dropped a mythology's worth of new 'Sleepy Hollow' season 2 intel from the recent PaleyFest panel.
Those who kept up with the madcap insanity of FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' through the recent season finale were treated to one wallop of a shocker with 'Fringe' star John Noble's guest character, Henry Parrish, so the latest development should prove far less surprising. Not only will Noble reprise his mysterious role for the second season later on this year, but the former Walter Bishop has been promoted to 'Hollow' regular alongside guest star Lyndie Greenwood!
'Fringe' star John Noble won't make his official 'Sleepy Hollow' debut as "The Sin-Eater" until tomorrow's all-new episode of the same name, but already fans of the bonkers modern-day Headless Horseman drama can count on his return. Not only will Noble's character Henry Parrish recur in several episodes over the coming weeks, but Noble will also return for 'Sleepy Hollow' season 2 in 2014.
FOX got a hefty amount of business taken care of today, not the least of which will surely have the internet talking, as Seth MacFarlane's controversial 'Dads' has been given a full season order to continue its equal opportunity offending. Meanwhile, the network has also plotted 'The Following's January premiere to coincide with the 'Sleepy Hollow' finale, a spring break for 'Glee' and more!
Difficult to believe as it may have seemed only a few weeks ago, FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' has definitively emerged as the breakout hit of the season, already renewed for season 2 with its own unique order. And while the series takes a brief hiatus before introducing 'Fringe' vet John Noble in an important recurring role, producers have finally addressed one of the series' most head-scratching questions yet.