While Hollywood continues to mine the more popular young adult series for feature adaptations, TV seems keen on digging into the archives to toy with the classics. NBC has Draculapaired with Grimm on Friday nights this fall, and over at Fox, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, along with Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman, have resurrected Ichabod Crane and the infamous Headless Horseman from Washington Irving's classic tale.
Fox announced their 2013-2014 lineup this morning, along with the planned schedule, which sets up new comedies on Tuesday nights and adds a number of other new series to the schedule, along with the returning shows. Among the new series is J.J. Abrams' sci-fi cop series Almost Human, Seth MacFarlane's new live-action comedy Dads and new animated comedy Murder Police.
After months of pilot orders and casting news, we're now starting to learn the fate of the pilots in development for the 2013-2014 season. Earlier, we shared word that NBC was passing on a number of pilots, including the modern-day Hatfields & McCoys drama, and tonight brings word of a number of pickups over at Fox, among which is the Sleepy Hollow drama from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, as well as the robot-cop drama from Fringe's J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams, Almost Human.
Fox has found its Ichabod Crane for the Sleepy Hollow pilot in British actor Tom Mison. He’ll be taking on a new twist on the famous role of the scientifically-minded investigator sent to a small town to investigate murder; Fox has Mr. Crane time-travelling.
The Sleepy Hollow adaptation that was being pitched to networks just this week has found a home. It will be Fox who does the honors; they’ve given the project a put-pilot commitment. All four of the big networks saw the pitch, but Fox, who were first to look at it on Thursday, ultimately went after it. Meanwhile, the CW is in talks for an entirely different Sleepy Hollow adaptation.
Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman may be making their way to television in the near future. A TV series version of the classic ghost story is being pitched to the big networks as a modern-day reimagining featuring a female sheriff who teams up with Mr. Crane to uncover the small town’s supernatural secrets.