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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'Once,' 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and more

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'Sleepy Hollow' showrunner talks fan reaction to season 2: 'Just trust us'

Has Sleepy Hollow lost its groove?

The answer to that question depends on who you ask. Ratings for season 2 have been down across the board; fans (and, er, recappers) have become fond of grumbling about the show’s perceived shortcomings, from the unfortunate marginalization of Nicole Beharie’s Abbie Mills (Sleepy‘s co-lead, though she’s largely taken a backseat to the action this year) to the mishandling of Katia Winter’s Katrina, a witch who’s always in need of rescue.

That said, plenty of folks would argue that season 2 is as bonkers-brilliant as ever—chief among them Mark Goffman, the supernatural dramedy’s showrunner. EW chatted with Goffman, briefly about last night’s episode—an hour that had the breakneck pacing, urgency, and “twistory”-based shenanigans of vintage Sleepy Hollow—but mostly about season 2 as a whole, and specifically how fans have been responding to it. Goffman’s main takeaway? “If people just trust us—if you keep watching, things will change in a way that you won’t expect.”

See the first part of our conversation below—and check back after Dec. 1’s midseason finale for more intel from Goffman about a few shocking twists and what’s coming up next.
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'Sleepy Hollow' writer previews this week's Abbie-centric episode

Your prayers have been answered, Sleepyheads: This week’s episode is all about the Sisters Mills.

“Coming into season two, one of the things we really wanted to do was explore and open up Abbie’s backstory—fill in some of the blanks for her character, her role as a witness, her family’s history,” Sleepy writer Damian Kindler explains to EW. (You can trust him; he’s the guy who invented Yolanda.) The show will dive into those questions on this week’s episode, in which Abbie and Jenny investigate a series of mysterious deaths at Tarrytown Psychiatric—the same hospital where their mother, Lori Mills, died 15 years ago.

Lori Mills, you’ll remember, didn’t go quietly: “She was insane and she killed herself,” Kindler reminds us. “So I think that gave us a lot of mystery to uncover. And we also wanted to tell a cool ghost story. We’ve got the psychiatric hospital where Jenny was, where Irving is—which leads to the revealing potential involvement of Abbie’s mother, which uncovers another mystery. And it’s all happening around the time when Moloch is rising. It’s a story that had to service a lot of different masters, but ultimately the biggest aspect of it was revealing who Lori Mills was, the truth of her life and her struggle to protect her daughters from evil.” See Abbie and Jenny try to tackle some of those questions in this exclusive clip from the episode. READ FULL STORY

Six ways to fix 'Sleepy Hollow'

First, let’s make one thing clear: I love Sleepy Hollow. I love its bonkers kitchen-sink sensibility, and its genuinely scary, tactile, non-computer-generated monsters, and its strong, diverse ensemble, and, most importantly, its delightfully daffy sense of humor.

That being said…

Sleepy shocked everyone when it debuted to huge ratings last year, attracting nearly 14 million viewers and becoming the first new show to be renewed for a second season. Yet that second season—which promised to be bigger, better, and in every way more epic than the first—has struggled to replicate season 1’s success. Ratings are down across the board; last night’s episode drew just 4.6 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, matching the series low set the previous week. Meanwhile, comment boards are filled with grumbling fans complaining that this year just doesn’t pack the same punch as last year. And while I do think many of those complaints are overstated, it’s hard to deny that while it’s still eminently entertaining, this series is in a bit of a rut.

What could it do to blast itself out of that rut, preferably via coffin-powered dirt explosion? Here are six ideas: READ FULL STORY

See Ichabod and Abbie take on a succubus on next week's 'Sleepy Hollow'

Horsemen of the Apocalypse, vengeful ghosts, a Golem, an evil Sandman, a Wendigo, Zombie John Cho—Sleepy Hollow‘s main duo (Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie) have fought myriad colorful monsters over the past season-and-a-half. But they’ve never had to do battle with a demon in heels.

At least, until now.

Enter the Succubus, the antagonist of this week’s episode. She’s a devil in a black dress with red skin, wickedly curved horns, and a penchant for targeting handsome dudes—which may be how Matt Barr’s Nick Hotley (sorry, Hawley) finds himself caught in her crosshairs. Watch their encounter in the exclusive clip below:

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'Sleepy Hollow' taps 'Gossip Girl' alum Michelle Trachtenberg as guest

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'Sleepy Hollow' casts 'Tudors' alum in mysterious role

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Fox’s Sleepy Hollow is getting another infusion of British talent: EW has learned exclusively that Yorkshire native Max Brown has been cast in a pivotal role.

Brown may be best known for playing medical examiner Evan Marks on The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and Edward Seymour, brother of King Henry VIII’s third wife Jane, on Showtime’s The Tudors. (He was also set to star as a thief named Ambrose in Hieroglyph, Fox’s splashy Ancient Egypt-set series—which was canceled before it even had a chance to premiere.) On Sleepy Hollow, Fox says he’ll portray “a powerful and mysterious new ally known, at first, only as Orion—a charismatic soldier who possesses a game changing weapon.”

Brown’s first episode is slated to air after Sleepy returns from its winter hiatus in January. The drama airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

John Noble talks going full villain on 'Sleepy Hollow'

On tonight’s episode of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) will tangle with a demonic take on the Pied Piper. Presumably, our heroes will best the beast before the hour is over. But even if they do, they’ll still have to tangle with season two’s true Big Bad: Henry Parrish, a.k.a. the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse, a.k.a. Ichabod and Katrina’s long-lost son. As played by John Noble, he’s a deliciously wicked foil for the two Witnesses—especially when he’s slinking around Sleepy Hollow pretending to be an innocent lawyer.

EW caught up with Noble on Sleepy Hollow‘s North Carolina set, where he told us all about how he and Mison tangle when the cameras are off—and the particular dangers of shooting this spooky show. (Think terrible heat and poisonous spiders.)

EW: How’s your day going so far?
John Noble: We’re having a fabulous day out here in Fredericks Manor. We love this location. It’s an old rice plantation that actually stopped functioning as a rice plantation after the Civil War. The house itself is so old, too. So it’s really exciting to come out here for a change. Apart from the mosquitos and the ticks. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY

Tune in: 'Sleepy Hollow' star Tom Mison will answer your questions on EW's Facebook page

Can’t get enough of Tom Mison, even after reading his Sleepy Hollow spread in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly?

Fear no more. EW will be hosting a live Q&A on Facebook where Mison will answer questions from fans about Sleepy Hollow and more. Tune into EW’s Facebook page at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 11 to leave your questions for Mison, where you can ask about that glorious mane he sports on the show (and other burning questions).

Sleepy Hollow airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

'Sleepy Hollow' sneak peek: Ichabod learns to drive

Sleepy Hollow‘s Ichabod Crane is a man of many talents, one of which is the wealth of knowledge that comes from being alive when the Founding Fathers ran the country and secretly battled forces of evil. But there are a few things Ichabod isn’t great at, such as updating his clothing and/or generally acclimating to the times.

On Sunday during the show’s New York Comic Con panel, attendees will get the see this exclusive clip from Monday’s episode. It shows Abbie working with Ichabod—who now has a fake ID—to fix one of his biggest faults: Ichabod needs to learn to drive, or, as he puts, it, “utilize a motor vehicle.”

Watch Abbie give Ichabod a parking-lot lesson below.

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'Sleepy Hollow' star Tom Mison reveals why he wants to be a Lannister

When EW caught up with Sleepy Hollow‘s Tom Mison for this year’s Fall TV Preview issue, he let slip a tasty little nugget of information: If he could guest star on any other show, he’d pick Game of Thrones. There was, however, a caveat: “I’d have to be in King’s Landing, though,” he explained. “I couldn’t go somewhere cold. It looks nice and sunny in King’s Landing. I wouldn’t be on the Wall.”

Intriguing. But what house would Mison be a member of, assuming he did make the leap from Fox to HBO? While interviewing Mison for this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly—on newsstands Friday—the topic came up again. Here’s what he had to say. (Bonus: This snippet functions as a complete idiot’s guide to what not to say while interviewing a celebrity.)

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Orlando Jones reveals the worst thing you can say on the 'Sleepy Hollow' set

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On Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, it’s all drama for Orlando Jones’ Frank Irving. He’s now a patient at Tarrytown Psychiatric with a lawyer he doesn’t realize is Ichabod’s son (John Noble), a.k.a. the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse. But when Jones stopped by to talk Sleepy Hollow in our latest installment of First & Worst, it was non-stop laughs.

Watch the video and read a transcript below. Sleepy Hollow airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. READ FULL STORY

Watch this, DVR that: Your guide to Monday's perfect night of TV

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In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your Fall Sunday night game plan:

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