'Sleepy Hollow': Horseman won't be headless forever in FOX's inventive mix of horror and history

When "Sleepy Hollow" arrives on FOX this fall, audiences will be introduced to a whole new take on the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.Using Washington Irving's iconic short story as the basis for a weekly drama may seem limiting, but co-creator Roberto Orci ("Fringe") told journalists at TCA's summer press tour the creative team views it as a "great starting point."To begin with, the premise borrows from another classic Irving story, "Rip Van Winkle," as Ichabod (Tom Mison, "Parade's End") starts off in the Revolutionary War era, gets injured on the battlefield and inexplicably wakes up in the present day. That's where he meets local cop Abbie (Nicole Beharie, "42") and together they're ensnared in a supernatural mystery with ties to U.S. history, the Bible and forces beyond their imaginations."I think there's something really fun about taking imagery we're already familiar with and revising it in a way that's new and...



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