FOX’s NC-filmed ‘Sleepy Hollow’ debuts Monday

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Twenty miles outside of New York City sits a quaint little village with a notorious name.

Sleepy Hollow is a real place; a quiet town along the Hudson River made famous thanks to the haunted tale by Washington Irving.

Irving was born and lived in Tarrytown just south of Sleepy Hollow, and many of his stories are depicted around the area.

His story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” brought audiences characters like Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman – and glimpses of the real-world setting.

“One thing unique about Sleepy Hollow is that it’s definitely the actual place that Washington Irving wrote some of his stories,” said Sleepy Hollow Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio.

Working with Irving’s original tale, FOX is retelling the story this fall, in a series that was filmed in Wilmington and Salisbury.

Co-writer Alex Kurtzman said the team got creative in bringing the well-known legend back to life.

“I think the fun for us was taking all these details from the Washington Irving short story and expanding on them so that we could stay true to the mythology,” Kurtzman said.

Orlando Jones plays Captain Frank Irving in the new show.

“It’s Sleepy Hollow,” Jones said. “It’s Ichabod Crane in the modern day – it’s really kind of awesome.”

The plot revolves around Crane and the headless horseman awakening from the dead 250 years later.

It’s Ichabod’s job to partner with the local police to catch the headless horseman who has once again gone on a killing spree.

Director Len Wiseman said the show is not just about chasing the headless horseman in each episode. He said there will be witches, warlocks and many other surprises.

Giaccio said publicity is nothing new for the town. He said the town is hoping to get a boost from the series.

“We’re excited about it, we get calls every year, something new and different happens every year in this village it seems,” he said.

The North Carolina-filmed show debuts at 9 p.m. Monday on FOX.

Pilot filmed in Salisbury

In the video below, FOX8’s Shannon Smith shows the audience places that may look familiar to people in the Piedmont watching Sleepy Hollow’s premier.

Last spring, cast and crew spent a week in Salisbury shooting the pilot for the hour-long show.

The sights and sounds of Salisbury convinced TV producers they could transform the southern town into Sleepy Hollow. And residents are excited to see their town in the spotlight.