Sleepy Hollow (TV series)
|Based on||The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Irving
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (List of episodes)|
|Editor(s)||Michael N. Knue
|Running time||41–43 minutes|
|Original run||September 16, 2013– present|
Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that premiered on Fox on September 16, 2013, that airs on Mondays at 9:00 pm ET. The series is considered a "modern-day retelling" of the 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.
On October 3, 2013, Fox renewed Sleepy Hollow for a second season.
In 1781, Ichabod Crane, a soldier in the Colonial Army, on a mission for General George Washington, and caught up in a battle, beheads the Hessian soldier, the Headless Horseman, as the Horseman kills him. Now, in modern day Sleepy Hollow, New York, Ichabod rises from his grave, after the Headless Horseman (revealed to be Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) is summoned back from his watery grave by an unknown party. The resurrection of the one causes the resurrection of the other due to the intertwining of their fates as a result of their blood mixing shortly after Crane decapitated the Headless Horseman on the field of battle.
Lt. Abbie Mills begins investigating the Headless Horseman after he beheads Sheriff August Corbin, Mills' mentor and partner. Mills' investigation reveals the presence of two occult groups – one for good, the other evil – in Sleepy Hollow, both of which are concerned with the Four Horsemen and the associated apocalypse. The killing spree the Horseman embarks on causes Crane and Mills to team up.
As Crane's worldview is from 18th century Colonial America, some friction can be expected between him and Abbie, and also between him and the people he must now work with.
Cast and characters
- Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane. A former professor of history at Oxford University prior to the American Revolution, he came to America with the British before switching sides and becoming a spy for the Patriots. Having beheaded the Horseman in 1781, he was brought back to life with the Horseman due to their blood mixing when they died. Despite his skeptical knowledge of the supernatural in life, he has been an invaluable resource following his resurrection due to his detailed knowledge of supernatural traditions.
- Nicole Beharie as Lt. Grace Abigail "Abbie" Mills life long resident of Sleepy Hollow. She was about to transfer to Quantico Academy but due to the changes in the sleepy town has come to accept her role in the fight against the Horseman as the second Witness to the Apocalypse. Abbie is the driving force in the future of understanding the new Sleepy Hollow.
- Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving. The chief of the Sleepy Hollow police department who is initially skeptical of Crane and Mill's assertions. He later discovers the supernatural truth of them when the three of them confront, battle and trap the Horseman.
- Katia Winter as Katrina Crane (née Van Tassel). Ichabod's wife and secretly a witch in life, she cast the spell to bind Ichabod to the Horseman, and appears to him in dreams in the present, claiming that she is trapped in a place between worlds and can only be freed with the defeat of the Horseman.
- Richard Cetrone, Jeremy Owen, Craig Branham and Neil Jackson as the Headless Horseman/Abraham Van Brunt, a beheaded undead man later resurrected in the 21st Century Sleepy Hollow with Crane, where he was revealed to be the First of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Death.
- Lyndie Greenwood as Jennifer "Jenny" Mills, Mills' estranged and institutionalized sister. She and Mills both witnessed an unusual event as children, with Jenny remaining in psychiatric care even as she avoids taking her medication. She briefly broke out of the institution, but has since returned after Mills assured Jenny that she accepted what they had seen and would work to get her released legally.
- Nicholas Gonzalez as Detective Luke Morales, Mills' co-worker and ex-boyfriend, who's suspicious of Crane.
- John Noble as Henry Parrish, a Sin Eater who helped Crane break the curse connecting him with the Headless Horseman.
- John Cho as Officer Andy Brooks, Mills' co-worker and friend. He was revealed to be affiliated with the coven that resurrected the Horseman, and, despite having his neck broken in the pilot for his failure, has since returned as an undead being to aid other spirits in their efforts to be reborn.
- Clancy Brown as Sheriff August Corbin, Mills' mentor and father figure. He was decapitated by the Horseman during the Horseman's return. He was apparently aware of the secrets of Sleepy Hollow and collected extensive records.
- Michael Roark as Detective Devon Jones, Morales' partner.
- D. J. Mifflin as the demon Moloch, the main antagonist of the series, with the goal to bring forward the Apocalypse and raise of the Headless Horseman. He was the one who imprisoned Katrina in Purgatory.
- Jill Marie Jones as Cynthia Irving, Frank Irving's ex-wife.
- Amandla Stenberg as Macey Irving, Frank and Cynthia's daughter who is in a wheelchair after being hit by a car.
Development and production
The pilot episode was filmed in Gastonia, Salisbury, and Charlotte, North Carolina. The rest of the first season was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. Filming began in early July 2013. Aerial footage is filmed over the actual Village of Sleepy Hollow and the surrounding Tappan Zee region of New York.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD and Blu-ray release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||13||September 16, 2013||January 20, 2014||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Sleepy Hollow is broadcast in Canada on the Global Television Network. In Australia, the series premiered on Network Ten on September 17, 2013, shortly after the U.S. premiere. The series broadcast in the United Kingdom on the Universal Channel.
The series has received generally favorable reviews, scoring a 65 out of 100 on Metacritic.
The series premiered on September 16, 2013 to 10 million viewers with 3.5 rating/9 share which was double the amount that Fox's The Mob Doctor brought in at the same time last year and marked the network's highest rated fall drama premiere since the 2006 police drama Standoff.
Entertainment Weekly, which originally doubted the premise of the show, gave the show a B+ after seeing the first half of the first season, citing the Crane & Mills' chemistry and the show's surprisingly fun mythology. Time magazine called Sleepy Hollow one of 2013's 10 best new shows.
Season 1 (2013–14)
|1||"Pilot"||September 16, 2013||3.5/9||10.10||2.3||5.27||5.8||15.37|
|2||"Blood Moon"||September 23, 2013||3.1/8||8.59||2.2||4.96||5.3||13.54|
|3||"For the Triumph of Evil"||September 30, 2013||3.0/8||7.97||2.1||4.83||5.1||12.79|
|4||"The Lesser Key of Solomon"||October 7, 2013||2.8/7||7.96||1.9||4.29||4.7||12.25|
|5||"John Doe"||October 14, 2013||2.7/7||7.59||1.7||4.02||4.4||11.61|
|6||"The Sin Eater"||November 4, 2013||2.5/6||7.08||1.8||4.13||4.3||11.21|
|7||"The Midnight Ride"||November 11, 2013||2.6/7||7.03||1.6||3.67||4.2||10.70|
|8||"Necromancer"||November 18, 2013||2.5/6||7.09||1.5||3.56||4.0||10.65|
|9||"Sanctuary"||November 25, 2013||2.2/6||6.56||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10||"The Golem"||December 9, 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
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