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Maybe The Cast Of 'Firefly' Should Have Gone Shirtless Too. Fox Renews 'Sleepy Hollow' Crazy Early.

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | October 4, 2013 | Comments ()


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You’re right, they DID go shirtless. Oh, Firefly, you tried.

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Anyway, Fox, notorious canceler of good shows, has already renewed the surprise hit Sleepy Hollow for a second season. The even better news? Both seasons will only be 13 episodes long. THANK YOU. Any acolyte of British TV will tell you that a shortened season is invariably stronger. Deadline reports:

Sleepy Hollow is part of Fox’s strategy for shorter, largely uninterrupted, cable-style runs. It was designed to air its 13-episode first season in the fall before another drama series ordered under the same template, The Following, returns in the Monday 9 PM hour — likely in January. Given the success of Sleepy Hollow, it probably was tempting to try and extend its freshman season to the standard 22 episodes, but Fox brass stuck with their original plan.

So what about you? Are you watching Sleepy Hollow? I admit to being sort of charmed by the pilot and if I’m going to give Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. room to be inoffensively fun, I think I have to give Ichabod and Abby the same opportunity. Speaking of which, it’s those two, Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, who deserve loads of credit. They’re fantastic together and not just a pair of pretty faces. Though the pretty faces don’t hurt.

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  • Benjamin Rennells

    I'm enjoying Sleepy Hollow so far, but if Ichabod doesn't change his clothes soon it's going to start getting annoying. He would look great in a modern suit with the beard and long hair, and there's no reason why he shouldn't be updating his look yet.

  • Deb

    as most are saying, I was so looking forward to many other new shows and I didn't give this one a thought and yet ... yep, it is WONDERFUL !! Ichabod is gorgeous and British, Abby is so wonderfully relaxed and natural (as well as gorgeous) that I wish the girls in Blacklist :| and Shield would get a clue from her.
    The show is FUN, entertaining, with some clever wit from Ichabod and I agree about the Sandman being freaky --- he was right up there with Joss' Gentlemen, der Kinderstad and the Tooth Fairy from Cabin in the Woods.

    I am thrilled it has been renewed already. Hopefully it will continue to win new fans - word of mouth is certainly all good.

  • cgthegeek

    I. Love. This. Show. First Kerry, Taraji, now Nicole, and soon Halle makes FOUR. It's enough to make me teary-eyed.

  • Bodhi

    It has no business being as fun as it is. Its kinda dumb, but my husband & I love it

  • Kate at June

    Even at 13 episodes, they are moving crazy fast. I think that's the only complaint I have.

    I enjoy the show--its totally silly but fun. Ichabod is basically Sherlock Holmes, just in Sleepy Hollow instead.

  • Fost

    Great boobs!

  • Ben

    Enjoying this way more then I thought I would, also the sandman baddie int he last episode is seriously one of the creepiest mother fuckers I've seen on a tv show. Like out creepys the gentlemen from buffy. He should have been in a fucking guilmero del toro movie not a procedural tv show.

  • calliope1975

    The cast is both gorgeous and funny. Orlando Jones has started a Tumblr where he reads fanfiction and posts various reaction shots. He's totally trolling the fandom and it's brilliant. http://theorlandojones.tumblr....

  • LexieW

    Ok, that alone has sold me - I'll watch at least the first two episodes now.

  • LexieW

    What the... and here I thought this would be the first show to get cancelled! Now you're telling me it's fun and I have to actually give it a chance?

  • Tinkerville

    My exact reaction to this as well. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll really enjoy it since every other new series has been such a massive disappointment.

  • foolsage

    It is. You should.

  • Nathan Convey

    I've been surprised by how much I like Sleepy Hollow. It's a bit cheesy but the two leads are really brilliant and have great chemistry.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I've been consuming most of my television through Hulu lately, and every commercial break for the last week or so has been pimping Sleepy Hollow as "Yes, it's THAT kind of awesome." I kind of adore how unabashedly fun it is without making you want to think too hard.

  • jettcity

    Question...is this show as good as Agents of SHIELD or The Blacklist? If so, then I can skip it. If it's much better I will consider adding it to the DVR schedule. Thanks.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I actually barely made it through Agents of SHIELD.
    *Ducks to avoid having my Whedon Card getting snatched"
    Sleepy Hollow is stupid. But it knows it's stupid so more often than not it goes for fun. Basically, it's the bastard child of American Horror Story and X-Files, if both shows met in a methadone clinic, but god is it a hoot to watch. Will it clean up at the Emmys? No. But it's a nice little Monday Night distraction.

    Also, both leads are mind-meltingly hot and have great chemistry, which helps whenever the plot gets too nutty.

  • jettcity

    I guess I fail at being snarky. I should have put "good" in quotes. After watching a couple episodes each of AoS and TB, they struck me as mediocre time-wasters and they were unceremoniously wiped from the DVR schedule. With Netflix, Amazon Prime, cable/DVR, and my collection of movies there is just too much interesting content available to waste an hour on the Pablum the networks are selling.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I was hoping you were being sarcastic. I haven't watched AoS yet, it got so much excited press for so long, I'm already tired of it without watching a single moment of the show. And The Blacklist. Ugh. Mildly enjoyable but really quite bad.

    But I really like Ichabod Crane... er Sleepy Hollow. There have been a few moments that actually frightened me, the FX is very good and the actors are engaging and attractive. And the premise is really rather clever. The Headless Horseman is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and he wants his head back, damn it!

  • A. Nonny Mouse

    I thought that SHIELD was going to be my go-to series. I still like it, I really do, but if I had only room for one show and it was down to those two, I'd pick Sleepy Hollow. I really am enjoying it. Even as much as I love Agent Coulson... I haven't seen the Blacklist, so I can't comment on that.

  • Conor

    Nicole Beharie is offensively attractive.

    You win again, Fassbender.

    *Shakes fists at the sky*

    FASSBENDEEEEEEEEERRRRRRR!

  • A. Nonny Mouse

    She's with Fassbender? (...quickly confirms with IMDB...) That must be one attractive couple.

  • emmalita

    I thought they broke up months ago. But still....

  • Conor

    Yeah, but he was still there, and I never will be...

    FASSBENDEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR!

  • calliope1975

    They did.

  • A. Nonny Mouse

    Bummer.

  • Samantha Klein

    Yeah, I'm tuning in. They're both pretty, and I like their dynamic. Plus, I live for Ichabod's rants. His brand of intellectual snootiness is really working for me.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    It has the same charm that Arrow has, as in it shouldn't work, but it does. That's mainly due to the two leads, I agree. It helps that they do not go over the top with the mythological stuff.

  • John W

    I've been watching it (and by that I almost always mean DVRing it) and it's okay. I wish Clancy Brown was still around.

    Man anyone remember Bad Boys (the Sean Penn movie, not the Will Smith movie) hard to believe Clancy Brown has been around so long. Man I'm old.

  • Mrs.P

    Clancy has popped back in a few times. I think we will see more of him!

  • deedee

    Funny enough, despite the fact that I constantly complain about unnecessarily long Tv seasons, Sleepy Hollow actually has enough material to manage a 22 episode season. The setup would allow them to spend a year focusing on each horseman and then they can worry about the inevitable apocalypse. It kind of makes sense though, I was wondering why they were tackling major plot points so quickly/early in the season.

    Also Tom Mison is fine. That is all

  • A. Nonny Mouse

    And I am now totally in love with Tom Mison. That is all.

  • A. Nonny Mouse

    I am totally in love with this show, myself. Sleepy Hollow is totally the Hellmouth (i.e. Sunnydale) but I really love the way it's done. And the casting is great. In the hands of lesser actors this could be a hot mess, but as it is it's just spooky and awesome and fun!

  • Felicia

    I allowed myself to love this show because I never say, "wait...that doesn't make sense." Plus Tom Mison is super hot.

  • Scully

    Those pants weren’t tight enough.

  • JenVegas

    I DVR this one and watch it when I can. It's super fun...IDK if it makes a lot of SENSE but it's fun. It really has almost nothing to do with Washington Irving's short story buuuuut yeah it's a good time. Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison really are doing a bang up job actoring in this one.

  • Miss Jane

    I'm such a sucker for the fish out of water stuff - Ichabod freaking out over the 10% tax added to donuts, dropping the gun after firing one shot, etc.

  • Samantha Klein

    RIGHT??

  • Joe Grunenwald

    This past weekend my father-in-law was telling me about what's happened so far on SLEEPY HOLLOW, and for only having been two episodes in at the time it sounded like A LOT has happened, and it sounds all sorts of crazy and fun.

  • mats19

    It is I can promise you that much.

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