Sleepy Hollow was Fox’s surprise freshman hit of the 2013 TV season, spawning a rich mythos built off history and mysticism, interesting characters for leads Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, and a generally fun (and creepy) tone this geek culture cult-hit.
Now Sleepy Hollow season 2 is underway, deepening Abbie and Ichabod’s war against the forces of the demon lord Moloch, with their respective families drawn into the fray. As Sleepy Hollow came to New York Comic
- In attendance were executive producers Len Wiseman and Mark Goffman, along with stars Orlando Jones (Capt. Frank Irving), Lyndie Greenwood (Jenny Mills) and Sakina Jaffrey as Sheriff Leena Reyes.
- Season 2 will have 18 episodes – Wiseman says “More is tougher,” but they’re super excited.
- Goffman reveals that the the show runs uninterrupted through the end of the year before a big midseason finale; it returns Jan and Feb to finish the run. They’re excited for consistency.
- Jaffrey reveals that she worked hard to get the role – but she didn’t know her character would be seen as the party-pooper.
- Jones jokes that he can’t talk to Jaffrey (his replacement on the show) – in part because she threw his character in jail and made his mother unhappy that he was being depicted as a black guy in prison stereotype.
- The showrunners reveal that they wanted Jaffrey regardless thanks to her role on House of Cards.
- Len Wiseman teases the season 2 arc and the answers behind what turned Ichabod’s son Jeremy (John Nobel) into Moloch’s sin-eating henchman, Henry.
- Goffman and Wiseman inquire how many people saw the season 1 finale and were surprised (pretty much everybody). They promise the same effect for the season 2 finale.
- The moderator reveals that the footage for the panel will be the first half of the newest episode.
- Wiseman talks about how he and other writers all contribute to the creature design; Goffman says they have “creature meetings” every 3 weeks to decide on new creatures and how to adapt them. Lots of money and pre-planning involved – some VFX.
- Jones adds that a lot of the creatures are actually creepy on set (Moloch); Wiseman remarks on the irony that the people in them are so shy and normal when out of the costume or, like, at lunch.
- Jones fields a Q&A question about how the cast embrace these iconic figures and does it throw them to work with them. For Jones it can be a struggle; for Greenwood it’s fun.
- Jones wants to get Moloch pregnant.
- Greenwood reveals that the Abbie/Jenny relationship has gotten better – but the conflict is not done for good.
- The showrunners can’t say how a Supernatural/Sleepy Hollow would work. A fan suggested that Ichabod could watch a Supernatural-style series on TV.
- Jokes are running about Tom Mison’s singing ability; Nicole Beharie’s singing is well-documented.
- Jones shares how much love they get in the actual Sleepy Hollow town (events, gifts from citizens and cops – they even met a real police head who is an African-American woman). Abbie isn’t based on this actual woman, though.
- The cast each recount their favorite anachronistic Ichabod moments – what’s yours? Goffman goofs by talking about a deleted scene… that wasn’t actually deleted. His revelation? “I need to watch this show!”
MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW
- Wiseman talks about converting the pied-piper for this show, and how the show itself affords them great opportunity to pull in creatures and ideas the like – or those related to the thematic arc of the episode.
- Jaffrey may have dropped a SPOILER that Abbie and Jenny’s mom will be making an appearance!
- Jones talks about getting to actually get off the sidelines and do battle in this episode – for the wrong side.
- We will see an episode where Ichabod learns about karaoke!
- We will also see an Ichabod Yoga scene!
- Things during Q&A get serious when one fans questions how the show depicts mental illness (often for laughs). Goffman says that in upcoming episodes they get more serious about the issue.
The first half of the new episode “Go Where I send Thee”. We won’t SPOIL anything for you – but here’s a preview of the episode:
Sleepy Hollow airs Monday nights @ 9/8
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