By Dean Moses
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a short story by Washington Irving published in 1820, has spawned movies, animated features, and, most recently, a television series on the Fox Network appropriately named Sleepy Hollow. Most televised adaptations of literature take liberties with their source material and Sleepy Hollow is no different, but this has not proved detrimental to the show since it has now entered its third season. To
celebrate this year’s round of episodes cast members Nikki Reed, Lyndie Greenwood, Zach Appelman, and co-executive producer Raven Metzner made themselves available to talk about the show and answer fan questions.
If you are not familiar with Sleepy Hollow, the story is as follows: In 1781 a soldier named Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) comes face to face with the dreaded Headless Horseman. After a brief battle the two warriors kill one another, their blood intertwining. Well over 200 years later, Crane rises from the grave after the Headless Horseman has done the same. Ichabod runs into young Police Lieutenant Abbie Mills
(Nicole Beharie) and together they must stop the Horseman and all the monsters, ghosts, and ghouls that he brings along with him. The pair’s adventures are not always serious and spooky though, watching Crane try to adjust to life in the 21st century provides some much needed comedy relief. So, just when things seem to be getting dark in tone, there are always laughs just around the corner.
Fans of the supernatural thriller were naturally thrilled to find out some of the cast would be attending a conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City to air a recent episode, talk about the creative process, and answer fan questions. Before any questions were even asked, however, producer Raven Metzner exclaimed his love for the fans, “Before you say anything or ask me questions, can I just say one thing? Best fandom ever. We love the ‘sleepy heads.’ Thank you so much, all of you.” Attendees cheered and applauded in response. Fans were disappointed to find out that leading man and Ichabod Crane himself, Tom Mison, was not in attendance, but the show’s followers were still in for a treat. “I am your replacement Tom,” said Zach Appelman (Joe Corbin) “but Tom actually just texted me,” he continued, reaching for his phone. His text had told him that his fellow actor [Mison] had sent him a message to read while on on stage. The audience laughed and smiled, excited to hear what the text contained. “Dear ‘sleepy heads,’” Appelman read aloud in an English accent, attempting to imitate his co-star. “I wish I could have been there to watch that episode, but alas I had to remain in Atlanta for the weekend. I think we can all agree that the panel in front of you is all the more impressive without my hairy mug grinning at you.”
The panel at hand had yet to answer any queries, but they still managed to make the conference rather unique and enjoyable. Once the roaring laughter had died from the air, the session properly commenced.
One of the most interesting inquiries posed to the panel was concerning another beloved supernatural program—The X-files. The crowd was delighted when a young woman asked if Sleepy Hollow had been inspired by the classic UFO TV show, and if there was possibility of the two Fox Channel favorites crossing over with one another. “That would be awesome. We have another crossover coming up,” said
Metzner, referring to the fact characters from the long running show Bones will be making an appearance in Sleepy Hollow. “Maybe if that crossover is completely awesome, then everyone will be like this is the logically next step.”
When asked what kind of research goes into playing an historical character, Nikki Reed
(Betsy Ross) responded, “While there are definitely components that must be accurate, you do have the creative freedom to bring to life whatever you want [Betsy Ross] to be.”
Sleepy Hollow is currently airing on the Fox network. If you are interested in catching up, it is
available to stream on Hulu.
Photos by Dean Moses