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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Casts ‘OITNB’ Star James McDaniel

Actor will appear in at least one episode when the series returns next year in Friday time slot

Abbie’s (Nicole Beharie) and Jenny’s (Lyndie Greenwood) absentee father is about to finally swing by “Sleepy Hollow”: James McDaniel has been cast as Ezra Mills, who suddenly has a renewed interest in being a bit of a family man.

McDaniel will appear in at least one episode when the series returns next year in its new time slot on Fox: Fridays at 9 p.m. ET.

The actor starred in Amazon’s pilot “Hysteria” and recently recurred on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and Fox’s “The Following.” He was a lead on “NYPD Blue” for 12 seasons. McDaniel’s guest star credits include “Chicago Med,” “Limitless,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Law & Order: SVU,” among other series.

On the big screen, McDaniel played a supporting role in the Warner Bros feature film “Malcolm X” opposite Denzel Washington. He recently had a leading role in independent feature “Sacrifice” opposite Dermot Mulroney. McDaniel is repped by Innovative Artists.

Following next week’s mid-season finale, “Sleepy Hollow” comes back on Feb. 5, 2016.

“Sleepy” has been struggling in the ratings, but it received a nice bump thanks to a Halloween-timed crossover with fellow Fox property “Bones.”