Strong Early Buzz for Sleepy Hollow

Two articles have been posted about Sleepy Hollow - both have great things to say about about the team behind the show and are hoping it gets picked up.

The first is from TVRage.com:

"The next FOX pilot in our "Eagerly Anticipating" category is the supernatural drama 'Sleepy Hollow' from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Described as a modern–day supernatural thriller based on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (a classic of American literature), 'Sleepy Hollow' follows Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil. Kurtzman, one of the writers on 'Sleepy Hollow,' wrote for 'Fringe' as well as sixty-seven episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0.' Kurtzman's feature writing work includes 2009's 'Star Trek' and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.' Needless to say, he is considered a writing heavy-hitter, making the buzz around 'Sleepy Hollow' increase with each passing day. 

'Sleepy Hollow' will star Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in a potentially starmaking role. The British actor has talent but has yet to receive his big break; success on 'Sleepy Hollow' could catapult him to the A-List. Besides, anything supernatural is bound to find an audience--particularly for a serialized television narrative where each episode can take you in a bold new direction.

Much of the success of 'Sleepy Hollow' will come down to the appearance and tone of the supernatural setting. Knowing FOX, this shouldn't be a problem; I'm expecting a visual feast to accompany Kurtzman's screenplay."

The second, from Zap2It.com:

"Pros and cons: On the page, the pilot presents an exciting new take on a classic story. The how and why of Ichabod making his way to present day is part of a mythology that doesn't seem so dense as to turn away viewers. It doesn't hurt that Kurtzman and Orci have plenty of experience juggling episodic mysteries with an overarching story from their five season with "Fringe."

Mison and Beharie aren't exactly established talent, so it's hard to say whether the two will handle the lead roles well, but the diversity in the pilot cast overall should be admired. (Beharie and Jones, both playing law enforcement, are African-American.)

The script is developed exceptionally well, with a couple of wicked reveals in the final two acts that are sure to keep viewers hooked, initially. Whether Kurtzman and Orci can keep that up remains to be seen. Hopefully, we'll get the chance."

 

They may not be as familiar with Tom as we are, so we obviously have no doubts about how fantastic he will be!

 

Photo by John Clark/The Gazette

First Photos of Tom as Ichabod Crane

First Photos of Tom as Ichabod Crane

Thanks to Shawan Campbell, stand-in for Nicole Beharie, we have a great photo of her and Tom from the set today!  Having just woken up/time traveled 200 years, Tom is looking a little worse for wear, but really, who wouldn't?

There was also an earlier photo of Tom and Nicole, taken while they shot an exterior in Gastonia, NC.  It can be seen here. Executive Producer/Writer Bob Orci was interviewed for the article:

“Ichabod has been arrested after waking up here in the present day,” he said. “There’s a Rip Van Winkle element to it because he’s been asleep in a cave for 200 years. He has no idea if he’s dreaming or what’s happening.

“Obviously the things he’s saying make him seem like he’s nuts. So he’s being escorted by a detective to a psychiatrist in this scene.”

The detective gradually begins to believe more and more of what Crane is telling her, and they form a bond, Orci said.

Congratulations to all the cast and crew on wrapping production -- now we wait until the network announces what shows they are picking up on May 13th!

Sleepy Hollow Update

Shooting continues on the Fox pilot - they've wrapped in Salisbury and have moved on to Gastonia, where Tom, as Ichabod Crane, can be seen here being led out of the Sheriff's department.  The Gaston Gazzette got a few quick quotes from Bob Orci, writer and Executive Producer of the show:

"On May 3, we send it to New York and the top brass at FOX,” said Executive Producer and series co-creator Bob Orci, launching into a laugh. “All this work may be for nothing. And I’ll kill them.”

A block of South Street was closed to traffic all day so that a single exterior scene could be shot. Production workers transformed City Hall by affixing “Sleepy Hollow” and “Sheriff Department” nameplates to the façade. They also spread leaves on the front lawn and around the bushes, and used a hose to wet down the front walkway, to make it resemble the wet weather of fall..

Repetition was the word of the day. The single scene being shot involved Ichabod Crane, played by actor Tom Mison, being led out of the sheriff’s department by Abbey Archer, played by actress Nicole Beharie.

As they exited each time and made their way to a nearby police car, extras began walking up and down the sidewalks around City Hall to make it resemble a bustling downtown.

Orci explained the scene.

“Ichabod has been arrested after waking up here in the present day,” he said. “There’s a Rip Van Winkle element to it because he’s been asleep in a cave for 200 years. He has no idea if he’s dreaming or what’s happening.

“Obviously the things he’s saying make him seem like he’s nuts. So he’s being escorted by a detective to a psychiatrist in this scene.”

The detective gradually begins to believe more and more of what Crane is telling her, and they form a bond, Orci said.

Director of the pilot is actually Len Wiseman, not Brad Anderson as previously posted.  Shooting is to continue into early April.

Shooting Starts on Sleepy Hollow

The Sleepy Hollow shoot officially started on Monday night, with many residents and a few local reporters tweeting about the action unfolding. 

cop car just raced down Innes Street to arrest Ichabod Crane on his knees at gunpoint. View from the Post.