'Gotham,' Sleepy Hollow,' 'Scorpion'

January 5, 2015 4:05 PM

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NBC and ABC are lost for much of the night in some sad approximation of reality, but never fear: Better TV awaits elsewhere. And that begins with this evocative Batman prequel which steadily improved over the fall, as its script and performances began to keep pace with its already strong sense of atmosphere. We rejoin Det. James Gordon in exile at Arkham Asylum — where he's about to meet a doctor played by Morena Baccarin. So hey, Jim: Life's not all bad.

And then there's the opposite trajectory of Sleepy Hollow, which spent much of the fall undoing the goodwill it had earned the year before. Let's hope the writers have used their winter break to reconsider some of the paths they've been following — though it doesn't count as a good sign that tonight...

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