Sleepy Hollow Wins TV Guide Fall Popularity Contest

TV Guide asked their readers to vote for the new fall shows that had won them over, and when all 350,000 votes were tallied, Sleepy Hollow was on top with an 85% approval rating.  The show beat out stiff competition from The Black List and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to become what TV Guide calls "unquestionably the breakout hit of the season." 

In this week's issue, the magazine also ran a piece (see above) featuring a photo of Tom with two...er...friends, with the following blurb:

A buddy-cop show about Ichabod Crane's return to Sleepy Hollow - 232 years after his death - to save the world from an apocalypse presaged by a bloodthirsty, noggin-deprived horseman?  The series sounded ludicrous when Fox picked it up last May.  Now, Sleepy Hollow is one of the season's biggest hits - not to mention one of the scariest, funniest, most electrifying hours on TV.  That's thanks in part to stars  Tom Mison (above, in a behind-the-scenes shot) as the dashing Ichabod and Nicole Beharie as his partner, Lt. Abbie Mills.  "It was risky," says Mison of the show.  "Then, when the first episode was watched by 25 million people, I realized it was special."

Interviews with Tom and John Noble

Yesterday, Tom was interviewed via conference call by several journalists, with some live tweeting the call. He was asked (of course) about the 18th century clothing (they are "a big stinking security blanket" to the far from home Crane), balancing comedy with the drama ("we have to try to play everything straight") and also about the inevitable will they or won't they between Ichabod and Abbie:

Beharie plays Lt. Abbie Mills, the Sleepy Hollow cop who has her own experience with the supernatural and who teams up with Crane as they learn more about the strange, deadly goings-on in Sleepy Hollow. Mison laughs at the inevitable question of whether there will ever be romantic sparks between Crane and the "leftenant," as he pronounces her title.

"I think there's certainly something magic between Ichabod and Abbie," he says. "They certainly have a connection." If anything were to happen between them,  Mison says, "it would certainly be fiery."

Tom was asked about his new co-star, John Noble, whose character makes his debut on this Monday's episode, "The Sin Eater" - he called John mesmerizing and briliant.

It was John Noble's turn with the reporters today, and he had some very lovely things to say about Tom:

“The whole experience with the company was good,” Noble gushed. “With Tom in particular, he’s a beautiful man, but he’s also a fantastic actor. We had a lot in common. We also found we had common ground and we had theater background…but really, it was the connection we had on set that was special.”

The new episode called "The Sin Eater" airs on Monday at 9pm on Fox. Promo and behind-the-scenes photos are up in the gallery.  If you'd like to refresh your memory about what happened in those first five episodes, here is a "5 episodes in 5 minutes" recap:

 

Sleepy Hollow Episode 1.06 "The Sin Eater"

Fox has released the following synopsis of episode 1.06 "The Sin Eater":

When Ichabod Crane goes missing, his wife, Katrina, appears to Lt. Abbie Mills in a vision warning her that the Headless Horseman will return to Sleepy Hollow by nightfall. A frantic Abbie seeks help from the mysterious Henry Parrish (guest star John Noble), who holds vital clues about how Crane can vanquish his dangerous blood tie to Headless. Meanwhile, an encounter from Crane’s past weighs heavily on him, and details about his first encounter with Katrina are revealed in the all-new “The Sin Eater” episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Monday, Nov. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SLH-106) (TV-14 L, V)

Check the galleries for promotional photos of this episode.

Sleepy Hollow Season Finale Set for January 20th

Fox has announced that the 13th and final episode of the season will air on Monday, January 20th from 8-9pm, an hour earlier than usual. The Following will have its season premiere in the 9pm time slot.

In other news, the show's success continues to be the topic of discussion, with the latest article on the subject from io9.  Here is an excerpt:

 


Sleepy Hollow is very possibly the most ludicrous show that has even been on TV. It’s about the Headless Horseman being one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Ichabod Crane getting sent to the present by his wife (who’s a witch) to stop the apocalypse… for starters. This is completely absurd, and yet Sleepy Hollow is also one of the most entertaining shows on TV right now. Here’s the rules Sleepy Hollow and ridiculous shows are following to defeat your common sense.

Make your characters likeable.

First and foremost. Your show can be the silliest, dumbest thing on TV, but as long as people enjoy watching the characters, they’ll probably still stay tuned. The best example of this right now is indeed Sleepy Hollow, as Tom Mison’s delightfully bitchy Ichabod Crane is just wonderful to watch, no matter how absurd everything else is. Agents of SHIELD, plot-wise, has been pretty ho-hum, but Clark Gregg is carrying most of the show‘s weight on his shoulders through his charm as Agent Coulson. Silas Weir Mitchell’s Munroe as definitely been the jewel of Grimm of both seasons, while star David Giuntoli has slowly been coming into his own personality, and he’s definitely the best part of the series.