“I will splurge on a holiday”, said actor Tom Mison with a joyous laugh during a press round table at this year’s New York Comic Con for FOX’s newest smash hit dramedy Sleepy Hollow. The reason for the possible spending spree for the man who portrays Ichabod Crane is that the instant success of the show has lead FOX to renew it for a second season. This has come to be a bit of a surprise and oddity of sorts given the fact that it’s barely one-third of the way into its inaugural run.
According to the latest C3 numbers Sleepy Hollow garnered a one-half ratings point boost going from 3.1 to 3.6 in its respective time slot. The latest Nielsen ratings show that it earned a 2.7 share with an audience of 7.76 million viewers as of October 7th. The Live +7 ratings also show that it is in the top five edging out another freshman effort ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. The stats may be the ultimate reason why executives at FOX decided on the early renewal. But a much deeper reason exists for this and is the root cause for the decent statistical output.
“It has a little bit of everything”, explained co-star Katia Winter who refers to the devoted fan base of the show as “Sleepyheads” on Twitter. “(There are) so many endless possibilities of where you can go. You’re never really sure what to expect. The show itself doesn’t take itself too seriously. I like that it has a bit of humor. Each episode feels like an action film in a way.”
Both Mison and Winter tipped their caps to the writing team – who they call “consistently brilliant” – as another reason for the breakout success of Sleepy Hollow. It seems that keeping the ensemble cast, which includes veteran actor/comedian Orlando Jones and Nicole Beharie, on their toes, is part of the course with this production. In addition the attention to detail and unpredictability of the show spearheaded by co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Len Wiseman has lead to fans getting sucked in on a weekly basis.
“FOX did this kind of wonderful thing, hard but good for us, in that before we were picked up we really had to arch out the season and tell them where we’re going. Not necessarily here’s every single episode but here are the big tent pole moves of the series. And then what are you setting up for next season? So by the time we were writing up we knew where we were going. What’s been great is that it’s allowed us to write with confidence. Knowing we can plant seeds and Easter Eggs that when you get to the end of the season you’ll see where it was all headed. It’s a big stew and we like to keep stirring the pot”, Kurtzman shared with the press.
The mythology of the show and the source material where the adaptation derives from is something Kurtzman and Wiseman do take seriously. The two Hollywood stalwarts are keenly aware of how viewers of the show have been drawn in and how they react to the product pumped into their flat screens. “It read like a movie to start. Alex and I are attracted to a type of television that is able to create a cinematic experience on TV. That’s always a challenge we love and it’s just the content of it. It has so many genres going on in it at least for me as a director it tapped into a lot of things that I love to create all into one idea”, Wiseman stated.
Where the show goes and what direction it takes is anyone’s guess at this time. The only way to see all of this unfold obviously is to stay tuned and locked in. One thing that is certain is that this show is definitely not something to be slept on.
As for Mison’s holiday plans he added, “Somewhere hot where I can lay down with some books and do very little.” Sounds like the dream of everyone on this planet.