Last year, it was announced that Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence were teaming up for a new comedy series, and the entire world let out a collective, "Huh?" Grammer and Martin are not the two guys we would have expected to see in the next big buddy comedy show, but Braddock & Jackson sounds so strange, we're thinking it just might work.
Deadline reports that Grammer and Martin both play Chicago lawyers "from vastly different backgrounds" (we can all guess what that means) who start working together after unexpectedly meeting in court. Martin's certainly proved that he knows how to play the buddy role well. And being able to watch him transform into Marcus Jackson, Attorney at Law, is reason enough to tune in to the FX pilot episode.
Yes, the two starring roles are kind of a weird pairing (which, again, just might work) but you can't help but get excited about the supporting cast. Lyndie Greenwood, who Sleepy Hollow fans will recognize as Jenny Mills, recently posted a photo on Instagram of herself on set with Grammer and Lawrence. Tony-nominee Rory O'Malley from The Book of Mormon has signed on to play the office manager of the Braddock & Jackson law firm. And those of us ever-nostalgic for the '90s will get to see Telma Hopkins (AKA Aunt Rachel) playing Lawrence's tough-as-nails mama. See? This could be fun!
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After one fist-clencher of a finale, the recent Sleepy Hollow casting news is pretty darn interesting. What to make of the fact that John Noble and Lyndie Greenwood are now series regulars? Warning: spoilers for the first season abound below.
Now that Abbie's sister Jenny Mills seems to be a permanent part of the show's Scooby gang, Greenwood's new slot is less surprising. The growing closeness of the sisters seemed to spell certain doom for Jenny, so we're just thrilled she made it out of the season finale alive. And, unless the show's creators are trying to fake us out and destroy us emotionally, she'll also survive the Season 2 premiere and the resolution of that merciless cliffhanger. Looks like the other Miss Mills will be around to assist Abbie and Ichabod in their defense against the dark forces of Sleepy Hollow for quite a while.
What's really interesting/disturbing is the permanent placement of John Noble. His character — the man we knew as Henry Parrish — was revealed in the two-part finale to be not only Katrina and Ichabod's son Jeremy, but also the Second Horseman. (A must-add to our list of scariest Sleepy monsters.) And once he made his Bond-villain-style confession, Jeremy buried his father alive and trapped Abbie in a giant, creepy dollhouse. We don't know how our heroes will make it out of their respective prisons, but we now know that Jeremy won't be completely vanquished anytime soon. Then again, we're talking about Sleepy Hollow here, so let's not rule out body-switching or talking corpses or any other method of keeping Noble around while still getting rid of the bad guy.
What do you think this casting means for the second season of Sleepy? Leave your predictions in the comments.
Sleepy Hollow returned with a [demonic] bang last night, and "The Vessel" was definitely one of the creepiest episodes to date for the new series. But as is often the case, the show started out with a bit of humor. We're pretty sure there isn't anything funnier than seeing Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in a pair of ultra low-rise, skinny jeans. It happened, and it was awesome. Poor Crane: Abbie was trying to push all of these preppy, Gap clothes on him throughout the whole episode, and when that didn't work she tried to firmly but gently get him to take that one outfit he's been wearing this whole time to the dry cleaners. That will totally happen as soon as Ichabod figures out what a dry cleaners is.
"The Vessel" brought us closer to Captain Frank Irving's family. We've met his wife and daughter in the past and sensed plenty of tension therein, much of which permeated the episode (luckily, there's nothing like a little light-to-heavy demonic possession to bring you and your loved ones closer). In the last episode we saw Irving dealing with some serious loss of religious faith, which partly stemmed from the accident that left his daughter Macey (who will forever be Rue from The Hunger Games to some of us) paralyzed. And just as he begins to further question his faith with all the strange and violent going-ons in Sleepy Hollow, he needs to call on his pastor for protection from a demon named Ancitif that moves from body-to-body through physical contact. It was all very Fallen (you know, that 1998 Denzel Washington movie). You half expected to hear that creepy "Time Is On My Side" song.
While Irving moved his family to what he thought was a safe house, Abbie and Ichabod delved into research and found out that Abbie's sister Jenny (who was sorely missed in the last episode) was on some old tapes the late officer Corbin had made, in which she was all glossy-eyed and demon-possessed. In one especially terrifying clip she foretells of Corbin's death at the hands of the Horseman and predicts Abbie's death too. After seeing this footage Jenny confesses to Ichabod that she purposefully got herself arrested numerous times when they were younger, just to keep herself from hurting Abbie when she was under possession. An intentional juvenile delinquent? Now that's love, folks.
The Crane/Mills team figures out that an old French lantern can be used to exorcise the demon and they go after it. Meanwhile, the demon -- now in possession of one of Irving's officers (naturally, the one who was protecting Macey) -- demands that Irving bring him George Washington's Bible, which had been buried with Crane. Once the demon takes hold of Macey (what a horrific scene: Macey with her face deformed, hair standing on end, floating in the sky, attacking her parents and the pastor in a very The Exorcist-esque moment) Ichabod, Abbie, and Jenny have very limited time to get the French lantern from this intense, rifle-toting group of people (Jenny used to train with them, of course) before the demon either kills Macey or gets its hands on that Bible.
When they meet up with Irving, his wife, and a barely recognizable Macey they find that a little salt and a French lantern go a long way. The exorcism scene was especially powerful, as Jenny had to face the demon who used to take hold of her, but for the first time had her sister by her side. The Mills sisters are something fierce when they team up together, and part of the appeal of Sleepy Hollow is watching the unfolding of their new relationship as this awesome demon-fighting duo.
At the episode's close, Ichabod uses a homemade invisible ink to uncover any secret message in Washington's Bible. Written in Washington's handwriting is a date that holds great significance. The first President of the United States had written in his own Bible ... four days after his death. We'll have to wait for the two-hour season finale to find out what in the world that means.
A Few Questions To Ponder Until Next Week:
Are Irving and his wife going to reignite some kind of post-daughter's exorcism flame? And if so, what does that mean for Irving and Jenny?! Because they have been totally cute together!
Will Ichabod discover the glory of dry-cleaning and do something with those funky threads?
And, seriously. What is going on with the storyline concerning baby Crane? Will Ichabod find out more details about his son or what?
The CW’s spy show Nikita closed up shop on its final season recently and although we miss it, we can at least take comfort in the fact that the stars aren’t going too far. Many of the main cast members have moved on to other projects that will soon be able to fill the void left by Nikita. (However, while we wait for all these TV shows and movies to premiere, you can always re-watch Nikita, it’s only four seasons — that’s barely a weekend’s worth of binge-watching.)
Maggie Q (Nikita)
The star of Nikita will be moving to the big screen in the upcoming film, Divergent. Q will play Tori, a member of the Dauntless faction. She’ll play a bigger part in the sequels to Divergent, which are due to come out in 2015 and 2016.
Shane West (Michael)
Our favorite ‘90s heartthrob-turned-spy will star alongside Rachel Leigh Cook, Bill Pullman, and Cam Gigandet in Red Sky. The film follows a disgraced Top Gun fighter pilot who must lead a rogue squad to recover a weapon of mass destruction.
Lyndsy Fonseca (Alex)
You can always catch Fonseca as Ted’s daughter on How I Met Your Mother (even though she filmed that stock footage about 10 years ago.) She’s currently filming for Moments of Clarity due to debut in December. She’ll star alongside fellow Nikita alum Xander Berkeley (who played Percy).
Lyndie Greenwood (Sonya)
Greenwood’s character was noticeably absent from the finale episode of Nikita, probably because she was working on her new show: Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Greenwood plays Jenny Mills, the sister of deputy Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie.)
Noah Bean (Ryan)
After his violent departure from Nikita, we’d love to see Bean land somewhere safer on TV. However, our wish isn’t going to come true: Bean has landed a part on Gang Related, which will premiere this summer on Fox.
Dillon Casey (Sean)
Okay, okay, Casey may not have been in the final season of Nikita (we’re still not over his character’s death in season three,) but he’s technically one of the show’s stars. He moved to The CW’s Internet channel, The CW Seed, and starred in Backpackers. He’s also set to star in the Canadian series Remedy this year.