"Sleepy Hollow." A resurrected revolutionary war hero, a double-ax wielding horseman (headless), ghost trees, Colonial witches, an authority-defying female cop and at least one very funny
Loosely, as in the gossamerist of gossamer threads, based on the famous Washington Irving tale, this modern "legend" turns the traditionally nebbishy schoolteacher Ichabod Crane into a dashing member of Gen. George Washington's army who, after beheading and then killing (still, he walks!) a mysterious masked Red Coat, awakens to find himself in 21st century New York state (so, a little Rip Van Winkle thrown in for good measure.) Unfortunately, ol' headless got awakened first, ax swinging, much to the horror of Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), who was just about to shake the dust of this sleepy little town off her standard issues.
When Ichabod (Tom Mison) is mistakenly arrested for the crimes, she hears his tale of a two-century nap and believes. Well, not at first, but soon enough, and they quickly become this season's hottest sleuth couple, tracking down mysterious maps, investigating old graves and bantering as only an 18th century soldier (also, handily, early abolitionist) and a modern-day black woman can.
It's all great fun, until, you know, someone loses a head. No, seriously. The pilot gets more than a little carried away, jamming into one hour what easily could have been spun out over several, but anchored by strong performances and terrific computer-generated imagery, "Sleepy Hollow" could become the love child of
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine." "SNL" alum
"Derek." Ricky Gervais departs from his more typical reliance on scathing humor to expose the flawed heart of the matter in favor of an even more direct approach. Playing Derek, an intellectually and socially challenged worker at a small retirement home, he offers a tribute to those who toil in the care of others in this sweet and funny if imperfect series on
"Key & Peele." The Season 3 debut from Keegan-Michael Peele and