Afrantic effort to up the stakes, the body count and the decibel level
has made the summer movie landscape a wasteland of juvenilia. And the message from the mega-failure of some of this year's most expensive pictures is clear: American audiences are no longer buying into the noise. This loud and expensive lesson seems to be lost on some in the television industry, hence "Sleepy Hol- low" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
Set in a leafy Westchester suburb of New York City, the new fantasy-drama follows the travails of detective Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), who appears to be the only one on the force who believes the tale of a certain Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who claims to be a Revolutionary War soldier who awakens after 21/2 centuries of mystery slumber. And he's being followed by an evil, unstoppable, ax-wielding headless horseman, last seen during the war.
Not to give too much away here, but this is not a gentle retelling of Washington Irving's beloved ghost story. The horseman here is Death itself, portrayed as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who is out to find the other three to usher in the end of time(s).
So basically, we've got "The Terminator" built on a restless burial ground wrapped into a book of "Left Behind" malarkey produced with all the subtlety of a summer blow-em-up movie. I don't know how they skipped "The Da Vinci Code," but we do learn that Gen. George Washington knew about the Four Horsemen and that the whole purpose of our nation's founding and subsequent existence was to keep doomsday at bay.
This loud, obnoxious and ag-
gressively juvenile production not only trashes the classic story that gives it its name, but reduces American history to a vulgar supernatural comic book fit for 12-year-olds with short attention spans.
Is this a thriller or a parody of a thriller? If you've seen the trailer for "R.I.P.D.," you already know that some in Hollywood can no longer tell the difference.
---Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson reflects on the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, the subsequent financial collapse and bank bailouts in the documentary "Hank: Five Years From the Brink," streaming on Netflix beginning today.
---The troupe leaves for a Los Angeles fundraiser on "Breaking Pointe" (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---Big Jim schemes Barbie's end on "Under the Dome" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---The locals show a way out on "Siberia" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Booth dials back his enthus-
iasm on the season premiere of "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---California's oldest hotel needs inspiration on "Hotel Impossible" (10 p.m., Travel, TV-PG).
A sophisticated lady entices a simple farmer to kill his wife in the 1927 drama "Sunrise" (8 p.m., TCM).
---Zooey Deschanel, Kirk Fox and Jason Isbell appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Gwyneth Paltrow and Ian Karmel are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Kristina Wong appears on "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" (11 p.m., FXX).
---Andrew Bacevich sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Jay Leno welcomes Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Schaal and Sheryl Crow on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Andy Samberg and Laura Mvula appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Ben Affleck, Mindy Kaling and the Pixies visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Mark Ruffalo and Dianna Agron on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.