Sleepy Hollow Showrunner Explains How The Bones Crossover Will Work

Back in July, word leaked that Fox was planning one of its wildest crossovers ever as the decidedly non-genre series Bones will be paired with the supernatural series Sleepy Hollow for a two-part event. On the surface, these two series have very little in common, but the crossover is not only real…it’s coming this month!

While speaking to Variety, new Sleepy Hollow showrunner Clifton Campbell explained how the seemingly incompatible worlds of Bones and Sleepy Hollow will be brought together.

“It was an appealing idea from the beginning,” said Campbell. “At first we went ‘what?!’ because the shows seem totally different, but if you think about it, the hyper-structure of both shows really is rooted in similarities, the difference being that theirs is a grounded procedural and ours is anything but, but they’re both still procedurals. The partnerships between Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Crane (Tom Mison) are very similar, and if we want to, we can look downrange at the banter that Booth and Brennan had and say well, we are having versions of what those two had early on in their relationship, and how much fun would it be to look at each other and wonder where our relationship is going based on where their relationship has gone?

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“It landed perfectly, it’s our Halloween special crossover, and it made a whole lot more sense once we started thinking about ‘how interesting would it be if we found a case that started in the Bones hour that also had deeper and more personal emotional implications to our guys once the supernatural kicked in at the halfway point, which would be where our episode began,” continued Campbell. “We just wrapped it and we’re all very happy with the outcome…They both work better because we maintain the integrity of both shows – they’re both a giant wink to the audience.”

Campbell also added that the creative team “decided there was a whole lot more in common with our characters than you first think. When you put Crane with Brennan and Booth and Abbie together, they’re two sides of the same coin. It’s really fun and interesting to put them in scenes and see how the mechanics of those characters would interact – that was very satisfying.”

The Bones and Sleepy Hollow crossover episodes will air on Thursday, October 29 on Fox.

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