Good gawd, this show is pulling in 10mil viewers
It wasn’t too long ago that the name Sleepy Hollow
was mentioned and we thought “Oh that sounds cool.” Now it seems that
the FOX drama is the best show the network has decided to put on in a
very long time.
It’s not just the fan-obsessed craziness talking, we swear. FOX’s Sleepy Hollow has pulled in a ridiculous amount of great ratings since it’s premiere, and their viewership (and fandom) is growing.
When Sleepy Hollow aired earlier this month, a whopping 10
million viewers tuned in. 10 million! The episode brought FOX the
highest ratings its had in seven years. Think about it this way: It beat
Glee’s 2009 pilot premiere of 9.6 million, as well as Bones‘ 8.9 million back in 2005.
If Sleepy Hollow can do what it’s fellow FOX shows did then
we see it running for a very long time, at least for the 7 years that
Ichabod and Abbie are prophesied to fight the war against the Headless
That brings us to our next point, Sleepy Hollow is effectively the most creative and original take on the Sleepy Hollow legend that we’ve seen so far.
Forget what the original story is about? Let’s fill you in: In the
original short story, written by Washington Irving in 1820, the Headless
Horseman is simply a ghost of a man who got decapitated by a canon in
the Revolutionary War and is on an endless search to find his head.
Ichabod Crane is a superstitious guy who’s competing with a man by the
name of Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt for the hand of a beautiful, rich
maiden Katrina Van Tassel.
Basically what happens in the story is Crane goes to a party to
propose to Katrina. He parties and feasts and listens in as Van Brunt
tells scary ghost tales. By by the end of the party Crane somehow fails
to propose, and as he’s headed home he comes across the Headless
Horseman who rears his horse’s hooves into Crane’s face and the scene
cuts out. The next morning it’s seemed that Crane disappeared with not a
single trace except his saddle and scared horse, which leaves Katrina
to marry Van Brunt instead. It’s assumed that Brunt was actually the
headless horseman in disguise but the wives of Sleepy Hollow say that
Crane was whisked away by supernatural means, adding onto the legend of
the Headless Horseman.
In the other well known adaptation of the tale, the 1999 movie
staring Johnny Depp, Ichabod Crane is a policeman sent to New York to
study the decapitations of people in the town of Sleepy Hollow. He
discovers that someone’s stolen the head of a Headless horseman, causing
him to come back from Hell and reclaim what it is his. To put away the
murder, Crane must find the horseman’s head and put it back where it
We have one word for those stories: Boring!
Sleepy Hollow takes an unbelievably imaginative step in
telling the tale of Ichabod Crane, and we’re ridiculously excited to see
how it continues. To have Crane wake up 200 years later and make
Katrina the witch who helped him slumber is unbelievably original. Then Sleepy Hollow
creators Len Wiseman, Phillip Iscove, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci go
ahead and add on the entire Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse arc as well
as more witchcraft and demons, and now you have a story that’s bound to
last for years.
So let’s hope that Sleepy Hollow can keep getting the gold because this is one adaptation we do not want to see end anytime soon!