Sleepy Hollow Makes Adweek's Hot List and More

Adweek has announced their 2013 Hot List winners and Sleepy Hollow has been named Best Newcomer Drama!

It may not benefit from an overblown lead-in or a superheroic brand halo, but Fox’s riotously fun genre mashup has quietly established itself as the season’s most unambiguously successful new series. Through Week 7, Sleepy Hollow was the No. 3 new series on the tube, averaging 8.22 million viewers and a 2.9 in the 18-49 demo—off two-tenths of a point from NBC’s The Blacklist and a tenth off the pace set by ABC’s pricey Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That Sleepy has nearly trebled Fox’s ratings in the Monday 9 p.m. time slot without the intercession of a blockbuster like The Voice or a cameo from Thor goes a long way toward explaining why Fox made it the first freshman series to earn a renewal.

 

Others are also recognizing what Sleepy Hollow has accomplished in its first season.  In an article entitled "What Every TV Show Can Learn From Sleepy Hollow," Laura Prudom writes about how the show has dealt with race, gender, self aware humor and used social media, making smart decisions on all those fronts to make it the success it has become:

Sleepy Hollow's independent success is testament to the power of its unique blend of horror, humor, escapism, and mystery, which has been augmented by a uniformly excellent cast and breakneck, twist-laden storytelling. So far, it's also the only freshman show to have been renewed for a second season.

How did it happen? Sleepy Hollow's assets are numerous, yet each one is comparatively hard to find on network TV (and, in many cases on cable).

 

Glamour has been on the Sleepy Hollow (and Tom) bandwagon for a while - in this article, they give Nicole Beharie and her portrayal of Abbie Mills their due:

Dreamboat to end all dreamboats Tom Mison gets to yuk it up about bottled water and tech innovations, but Nicole has the odds stacked high against her when it comes to making us laugh. And yet, I find myself giggling at something she says almost every episode: "It's a little early in the morning for constitutional debate. Have a doughnut." She's basically that cool, blade-sharp friend you stand behind, worshipping her zingers and thanking the heavens above that she welcomed you into her clique. I mean, how can you not want to be/be friends with someone who, in accepting her ex's coffee invitation, smoothly adds, "Temper expectations."

 

Tom and Nicole did a little analysis themselves of what makes the show so successful, in this audio clip:

Role of Ichabod's Father Cast on Sleepy Hollow

According to an exclusive story by TVLine.com, Victor Garber has been cast in the role of Papa Crane.  The veteran film and TV actor, known for his roles in Alias and Titanic among many others, will make in appearance in at least one of the last few episodes of the show's first season.

Jadoo DVD To Be Released January 13th

Indie curry movie Jadoo, directed by Amit Gupta, is now available for pre-order on several sites in the UK.  The sites, including Amazon.co.uk, are listing the DVD release date as January 13th

London Screening of Dead Cat

In what could potentially be the final London screening for the film, Dead Cat will be shown by Talkies Community Cinema at The Fox pub (413 Green Lanes, Palmers Green).  The screening will take place on Wednesday, December 11th from 7pm - 10pm.  Sam Bern (writer/actor) and Stefan Georgiou (writer/director) afterwards will introduce the film, as well as answer questions afterwards. Tickets can be purchased here.

The film, produced with a micro-budget and a lot of hard work by a group of very talented people, has won many awards in film festivals around the world.  Take this opportunity to see it if you can.