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SLEEPY HOLLOW: Orlando Jones Teases an Upcoming (Real) Death, Surprises, and More

January 19, 2015 by  

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Orlando Jones. 2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: David Johnson/FOX

SLEEPY HOLLOW may have killed off Orlando Jones’ Irving in the midseason finale, but death has (so far) been a mere bump in the road for characters on the Fox drama: at the end of the midseason premiere, Irving reappeared.

When Jones found out about Irving’s death, “I wasn’t so much concerned for me,” he admitted. “I’m a fan [of the show]. I was concerned for how it would be received [by the audience], because there are so many characters [to accommodate].”

“There was so much pressure having been so successful in season 1,” he continued. “I’m excited for the second half of the season, because the most exciting part of what’s happening now is that the writers have been listening, we’re four or five episodes in the can, so it’s very hard to self-correct, but they’re very much fans of the show, very much committed. Someone is going to die — and they won’t come back — before the end of the season.”

And while Jones would only tease that Irving’s reunion with Team Witness is “imminent,” he did share this delicious tease: “Irving’s soul still hangs in the balance.”

“If we get this right, I think the second half of the season has some real surprises,” he said. “What that means for season 3, I don’t know. But I definitely think there’s some worthwhile stuff [ahead]…I’m mostly excited that you’re going to get to see more of Jenny and Irving…I think the second half of the season is going to be an exciting exploration for Sleepyheads, and I hope it lives up to their expectations.”

How the show plays out is also a bit of a question mark: new Fox bosses, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, raised eyebrows during their TCA session when they said that SLEEPY HOLLOW had gotten “a little too serialized,” and that the series would be getting more “episodic.” But the changes might not be as drastic as fans might have feared.

“Good story is about the characters,” Jones said. “What [characters are] going for, what they’re trying to achieve: their hopes, their dreams, their aspirations. Whatever structure they want to use, as long as they remain true to telling the story of all the characters, I think it could be exciting. How it works [if they change the format] is above my pay grade. I know that I love these characters, and that [episodic] format has not traditionally been kind to characters; it’s more kind to plot.”

“In the first half of the season, you certainly saw more procedural-type of episodes [on SLEEPY HOLLOW],” he continued. “Whereas I don’t believe that’s there the second half of the season, based on what I’ve seen. I haven’t seen the final edits, so I can’t speak [about that]. It’s a daunting challenge. But then again, this show as a whole has been a daunting challenge. So hopefully they’ll pull it off.”

SLEEPY HOLLOW airs on Mondays at 9 PM on Fox.


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8 Responses to “SLEEPY HOLLOW: Orlando Jones Teases an Upcoming (Real) Death, Surprises, and More”

  1. melsano on January 19th, 2015 3:37 pm

    Orlando Jones is great! I don’t think the writers would listen at all if he wasn’t working as a conduit to convey our ACTUAL opinions. They are ruining this show focusing way too much on Katrina, who initially had very limited screen time in season one. The fans, as a whole (I know there are a FEW Katrina lovers), do NOT like this character nor do they like the dynamic she brings to the show. Why ruin the formula that worked in the first season? Then they release news that they will make future episodes less serialized and more episodic? Ludicrous. That is NOT what was causing the decline in viewership. People binge watch and DVR like crazy these days. If they miss an episode, they will catch up. Hopefully, that was just a statement to circumvent the blame that was surely laid on Goffman and his minions for destroying our show with that wretched corset and red wig. If their intention was to make Katrina so freaking relevant, they should’ve done so from the beginning. I literally cringe when one of her scenes comes on, and they are coming on more and more frequently it seems the more and more people complain. F U, Sleepy Hollow writers for giving us another whiny B, aka Katrina, episode tonight.

  2. leea on January 19th, 2015 5:01 pm

    Oh how I love Orlando I hope the writers realize what a jewel they have in him and utilize him MORE and PROPERLY. It seems like the show lost it’s way trying to tie everything so heavily to the cranes stories that wonderful characters (Jenny,Irving,Abbie) got pushed to the side.

  3. honor2015 on January 19th, 2015 6:49 pm

    Sleepy Hollow used to be an exciting and wonderful show full of diverse and interesting characters which made the show very entertaining and fun to watch. A show most of us looked forward to watching from week to week.

    Where has that show gone? Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane were a unique and dynamic partnership, And after a day of kicking demon butt, they had those special moments at the end of each show which solidified them as the Witnesses; the end game of SH.

    Now, Abbie Mills has been sidelined and marginalized as the second witness and who do we have in her place? Katrina Crane. If SH makes it another season. Please do what SH planned to do in season one. Kill off Katrina Crane. Every scene shes in drags down the show.. She is by far the most boring character and only works as a plot device. I am sure Katia Winter is a nice person however, she is not an actress. She is however, the weakest link of SH. And, she seems to glorify and make fun of her bad acting by sticking it in the face of viewers with arrogance I might add. Who’s protecting this woman at the expense of the real talent on SH?

    Nicole Beharie, Tom Mison, Lyndie Greenwood, and Orlando Jones, deserve so much more than what they have been subjected to this season. If SH makes it to season 3, I hope they bring closure to the Abbie/Luke relationship. Bring back John Cho as Andy and return Abbie and Ichabod back to their positions as the TWO Witnesses on equal footing, the end game of SH.

  4. sam on January 19th, 2015 10:26 pm

    I’m sorry, Orlando, but no, the writers are not fans of the show, otherwise they wouldn’t have destroyed it so thoroughly. They might be fans of Katia Winter in a corset, the might be fans of the white characters and they definitely are fans of sidelining Abbie Mills and putting her firmly on the background.

    The permanent death is Hawley, who is not the show’s biggest problem.


  5. Sandra on January 20th, 2015 9:38 pm

    As far as I’ve been able to glean from following Jones is that he seems to have a personal agenda here. People do love Katrina and want to see her become a part of the team. But what would that mean for him? I saw his instructions for the recent entitlement crusade and it’s harmful affects on the fans and the show and I have to wonder just where his interests truly lie.
    Most actors will stay as far away as possible from this type of trouble, but he seems determined to steer this ship by enabling a harmful agenda followed by a gaggle of wide eyed OJ fans.
    Katia is an uplifting and softer addition to the show and it needs that. Abbie continues to be a hard and uncompromising street character and that’s fine. But to try to take over the show through attempting to eliminate a character the rest of us want to explore, is despicable.
    Jones’ interfering in the fandom of the show (any show) is beyond despicable. He has too much invested to be a part of that.

  6. Susannah on January 20th, 2015 11:06 pm

    Street, yeah we get what you’re saying Sandra….

    This show has suffered because people like me tuned in for a fun, supernatural thriller that had terrifying elements, dealing with the apocalypse. This year we have a show focused on a useless witch, her crazy son and her old boyfriend.
    The Headless Horseman was frightening, taking off heads of priests and police officers, unable to be killed, terrifying Sleepy Hollow, this year they turned him into a love sick puppy, he’s no longer scary, now he’s pathetic.

    Ridiculous Katrina thinks Abbie should just forgive and forget that her horrible son and ex-boyfriend killed countless people (including Abbie’s friends and her father figure) and tried to bring about the Apocalypse, killing millions. Fortunately Abbie knows Katrina is useless and is against the Witnesses work far more than she helps and is having none of it.

    Unfortunately, even if they kill off Katrina and Henry, the damage is already done and we probably won’t get a third season, everyone who liked the show in the first season has left and doesn’t look like they’ll return.

  7. felicia on January 23rd, 2015 7:55 pm

    Street character, is that code for Black Sandra?

    Majority of SH are not interested in the Struggle Witch, the character has been a huge failure. Hoffman tried to WHITEwash this show, to appease fans like you.

    Now they’re pissed, that folks caught on and put them on blast.

    All over Social media.

  8. julie on January 27th, 2015 11:05 am

    I think this weeks episode was really good. I also noticed that they seem to be hinting at a more complex relationship between Ichabod & Abbey. When Jenny asks Abbey about her and Ichabod’s relationship Abbey kid of tries to blow her off. Jenny also asks Ichabod virtually the same question and his response was “Did she say anything to you about it?” Then when they were locked in the vault and were discussing their relationship you can see they are both uncomfortable talking about it but I think that tension is what will turn So for those who have been shipping Ichabbie last season and this season, they might be getting their wish after all.