Headless is hotness

October 17, 2013
Washington Irving (Library of Congress)
Washington Irving (Library of Congress)

Washington Irving is hot in Hollywood! “Sleepy Hollow” (9 p.m. Mondays on Fox), based on the 19th-century author’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” is the first new fall series renewed for a second season.

What would Irving make of the show? Using his real quotes, I present this interview.

In your story, Brom Bones disguises himself as a headless horseman to scare gawky romantic rival Ichabod Crane. In the show, Crane is a dashing Brit turned Revolutionary War soldier who springs to life in 2013, and the headless horseman is REALLY HEADLESS and a horseman of the apocalypse. Do you mind the changes?
History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription moulders from the tablet; the statue falls from the pedestal.

What do you think of Lt. Mills, the lady cop? She’s one tough cookie.
Those disasters which break down the spirit of a man … seem to call forth all the energies of the softer sex.

There sure is a lot of decapitating on the show.
It seems in the power of the most contemptible individual to do incalculable mischief.

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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