Some casting news regarding Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” has arrived along with word that the network is expanding the number of episodes we’ll be seeing in Season 2 by three or possibly even five! Read on for the details.
Per EW, the breakout hit series will produce at least 15 episodes for its sophomore season, with producers currently preparing for a potential total of 18. Season 1 contained 13 episodes. This will give the show’s producers more leeway to tell their ambitious story, which exec producer Mark Goffman says will have a war theme.
“We look at this series as epic and every episode as needing to be epic,” Goffman said. “Every episode needs to be an adventure, and something mind-blowing has to happen to our characters with major revelations that move the story forward. We still approach it with that in mind. The more episodes you do, the harder that becomes, but I feel we are still at [a] level where we can maintain that pace.”
Now, as for that new cast member… Timothy Busfield (“The West Wing,” “thirtysomething”) will play Benjamin Franklin, aka “the First American,” in a recurring role. Fans will discover that Crane (Tom Mison) reluctantly apprenticed under Franklin before he awoke in present day upstate New York.
“Last season we created this history between Ichabod and George Washington that talked about this secret war that was part of the American Revolution,” Goffman explained. “This season we’re continuing that and expanding on it with other characters. Benjamin Franklin is great because we are all familiar with so many of his contributions, and now we get to pull back the veil a bit. This man founded the printing press and was responsible for so many [innovations], and now we find out he’s involved in this secret war and that Crane had a relationship with him. I’ve read several biographies of Franklin, and we’re teeing off on some of his precociousness and eccentricities.”
Busfield, who previously worked with Goffman on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” said he’s particularly excited to play a person who is so widely known, yet infrequently dramatized in TV and movies. “Not a lot of people have actually played Ben Franklin, and the more I learn about him and read about him, he’s a really fun guy,” Busfield enthused. “He’s a writer, and I love how that informs his mind.”
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