‘Sleepy Hollow’ Co-Creator Bob Orci Teases Season 2: ‘War Is Coming to Town’

TCA 2014: New creatures — a Wendigo, a succubus, a kindred, and a pied piper — will join new Sheriff Leena Reyes this year

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Don’t lose your heads, “Sleepy Hollow” fans, but “war is coming to town” in Season 2, co-creator Roberto Orci told journalists at Sunday’s Television Critics Association panel.

And that darkness has a name and a face: the former is Henry Parish, the latter comes courtesy of actor John Noble.

Additionally, more names and faces will join the fantastical Fox world this fall. “Sleepy Hollow” is introducing several new creatures — a Wendigo, a succubus, a kindred, and a pied piper — as well as two key humans, including new sheriff Leena Reyes (Sakina Jaffrey).

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One of the topics of conversation at the “Sleepy” TCA panel was the hard-to-believe platonic relationship between Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Det. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). Fans of the show see the chemistry between the characters in a different way than apparently the actors and producers do.

That simple friendship-first (and “only,” for now at least) attitude is actually what drew Beharie to the character, she said: “[Abbie] has a relationship with a man, but it’s not romantic.”

“We didn’t plan for an undercurrent of romance between Abbie and Ichabod,” executive producer Heather Kadin added, while Mark Goffman reminded the audience of reporters that Crane has a wife. And about that whole wife thing? “We’re going to drop a few bombs this season with regards to [Ichabod and Katrina’s] relationship that they were not possibly prepared for,” Goffman teased.

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Finally, we couldn’t resist posting what might be the best joke of the summer TCAs, which was dropped during the “Sleepy” panel. A journalist asked the producers about something former Fox chief Kevin Reilly said during the previous TV crtics press tour, that “Sleepy Hollow” was behind schedule. “Look what happened to him,” Orci quipped.

Reilly left the network in June; Dana Walden and Gary Newman are taking on his duties at the end of this month.

The 18-episode Season 2 of “Sleepy Hollow” kicks off on Monday, Sept. 22.