<p>Tom Mison of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

Tom Mison of "Sleepy Hollow"

Credit: FOX

Interview: Tom Mison on 'Sleepy Hollow' Season 2 and an odd 'Silence of the Lambs' comparison

Costume comfort, Ichabod-Katrina and John Noble's trickiness also come up

WILMINGTON, NC. Tom Mison doesn't roll with a posse, but Ichabod Crane's Revolutionary War attire does.

The last time I'd talked with Mison, he and co-star Nicole Beharie had dropped by the HitFix video studio and he was in civilian garb, which was at least a wee bit confusing. Oddly, the lack of wig/hair extensions on the 32-year-old Brit were less confusing at the time. Mison and Crane are closely interwoven at this moment and with Crane, nothing has proven to be more interwoven than the military uniform he wore for almost all of the first season of "Sleepy Hollow."

So it's reassuring that Mison strolls into the make-shift press holding area above a Wilmington bar wearing both the newest incarnation of Ichabod's costume and his familiar flowing locks. Before he can sit down, though, Mison's jacket has to be passed along to professional who surely has other chores for different occasions, but is only available for this one purpose now.

There are things I can tell you about where Ichabod Crane finds himself in the second season and things I cannot reveal, largely because I don't know them. When we left Ichabod, he was in what we could delicately call "a predicament." While visiting the set, I appeared as an extra in a scene from what will be the eighth "Sleepy Hollow" and I can tell you that the scene didn't take place in the confined space in which we last saw Ichabod. No, it was a confined space resembling a slightly hipster-y bar, but more on that as we get closer to the episode that I'm reasonably confident I briefly ruined.

How Ichabod extricates himself from the predicament and when Ichabod extricates himself from the predicament remain mysteries to me and Mison didn't share. If you want, however, to assume that there's a possibility he could spend the entire season in that predicament, you probably don't want to read any further.

Since our conversation began with the partial disrobing, Mison and I talked a bit about Ichabod's attire, before discussing how this season impacts Ichabod's dynamics with Katrina, Henry and other core characters.

How is the Abbie-Ichabod dynamic like that of Clarice and Hannibal in "Silence of the Lambs"? Mison explains that as well.

And what quality or characteristic is most central to playing Ichabod? Mison's answer is amusing.

The interview spoils nothing about Monday's (September 22) second season premiere of "Sleepy Hollow," but it does say things about the second season, albeit mostly thematic things rather than plot things. Tread accordingly...

Check out the full Q&A...

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<p>&quot;The Mysteries of Laura&quot;</p>

"The Mysteries of Laura"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Mysteries of Laura' debut, 'America's Got Talent' finale lead NBC Wednesday

'Red Band Society' draws a young, female, small audience for FOX

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

How can you be a mom *and* draw big ratings? Debra Messing knows!

Despite aggressively negative reviews, "Mysterious of Laura" had a solid debut on Wednesday night, airing following the finale of "America's Got Talent." NBC dominated primetime in all measures.

The "Talent" finale airing in the earlier two-hour block than last year's finale and delivered lower key demo numbers, but a bigger audience.

Although the "Laura" debut posted a decent drop at the half-hour, it still did strong enough numbers for NBC to be optimistic heading into next week's Wednesday 8 p.m. premiere.

On the other side of the equation, FOX can't be overjoyed with the early returns for "Red Band Society." But despite soft figures, "Red Band Society" grew from its "Hell's Kitchen" lead-in overall and didn't drop in the half-hour, staving off panic. Still, "Red Band Society" finished tied with ABC comedy repeats among young viewers, which isn't great.

The night's other semi-notables were on CBS, where "Big Brother" beat "AGT" in the key demo in their head-to-head hour and "Extant" rose week-to-week in its season [series?] finale.

More analysis coming later with Finals, but on to the Fast National numbers...

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<p>Orlando Jones</p>

Orlando Jones

'Sleepy Hollow' star Orlando Jones on Captain Irving's legal woes and interacting with fans

How has this season's added work load changed things for 'Sleepy Hollow'?

I don't want to jinx anything, but HitFix's video studio is becoming like the West Coast Campus for "Sleepy Hollow." 

In June, Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie stopped by our offices for a look back at the first season of their FOX hit and a tease of the early start for production on Season 2.

This past week, we hosted Orlando Jones, who plays Captain Frank Irving on the history-tweaking, supernatural-fueled action-dramedy.

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<p>The &quot;New Girl&quot; Season 4 premiere</p>

The "New Girl" Season 4 premiere

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Ratings Analysis: 'New Girl' up from spring, 'Mindy Project' flat

Does the 'Utopia' bump mean anything for FOX?

As TV audiences become more and more fragmented, it's always amusing to go back and look at perceived failures from two or three years ago and muse on how grateful the networks work be to have those numbers now. 

It's a bit less common to go back only a year and look at the numbers a show was doing and go, "GOOD LORD. WHAT HAPPENED?!?" But it occurs.

Case in point: More than a few ratings observers have glanced at this morning's premiere ratings for "New Girl" and then looked back at last year's premiere ratings and gone, "GOOD LORD. WHAT HAPPENED?!?"

Last September, "New Girl" premiered with a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.53 million viewers. By its finale in May, "New Girl" was down to under 2.4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49.

Before going any further, it always has to be repeated: Few shows on TV get a larger Live+3 and Live+7 DVR bump than "New Girl." There. Acknowledged. 

And last year's "New Girl" premiere was also a reasonably big bump from where the numbers ended the spring before. 

But still... Mere justifications like "Well, the Nick-Jess relationship really wasn't clicking" don't quite do that sort of in-season viewer attrition justice.

We've already reported on Tuesday's (September 16) Fast National numbers for the "New Girl" premiere, but now let's look a bit deeper...

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;America&#39;s Got Talent&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "America's Got Talent"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Utopia' rises but 'America's Got Talent' leads NBC Tuesday

'Big Brother' is steady in its second Tuesday airing

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The two-hour performance finale of "America's Got Talent" helped NBC comfortably beat "Dancing with the Stars"-fueled ABC and "Big Brother"-led CBS on Tuesday night. 

While the network only finished fourth overall and third among young viewers, FOX got some [tempered] good news as "Utopia" ticked up week-to-week, while the network would surely want a mention that the "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" premieres were both up from spring finales (but down steeply from last year's September premieres).

This may be a good afternoon to do some ratings analysis when Live+Same Day figures come in.

On to the numbers...

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How is 'Red Band Society' like 'My So-Called Life'? Wilson Cruz explains

How is 'Red Band Society' like 'My So-Called Life'? Wilson Cruz explains

And who wins in his Olympics of Sassy Nurse with Octavia Spencer?

On FOX's new hospital dramedy "Red Band Society," Wilson Cruz plays Kenji, a nurse who frequently gets to banter with Octavia Spencer's Nurse Jackson.

It's a dynamic that Cruz calls The Olympics of Sassy Nurse.

"It was automatic. I met Octavia on the set and it was as if I'd known her my whole life," Cruz says.

With "My So-Called Life" celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, it's notable that since that seminal teen drama, Cruz has largely eschewed regular TV roles, opting instead to concentrate his energies on a long-term advocacy role at GLAAD.

"I have to look at a teen show show through the prism of 'My So-Called Life' and I think this show comes as close as anything I've seen," Cruz told me when we sat down last week, admitting that he had thought he might be done with steady acting.

Instead, Cruz finds himself on the older side of a two-tiered cast of adults and kids with "Red Band Society." And do the "Red Band Society" kids even know "MSCL" anymore?

"I think a lot of them know and obviously the younger they get, the less they know. But don't worry, I fill them."

Check out the full Wilson Cruz interview above.

And check out my interview with "Red Band Society" co-star Rebecca Rittenhouse.

And "Red Band Society" premieres on Wednesday, September 17 night at 9:00 on FOX.

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Xosha Roquemore and Beth Grant discuss their wacky 'Mindy Project' characters

Xosha Roquemore and Beth Grant discuss their wacky 'Mindy Project' characters

Who has the crazier backstory - Beverly or Tamra?

On "The Mindy Project," we rarely get to spend time with Xosha Roquemore's Tamra or Beth Grant's Beverly outside of the office. 

Sure, we know details about Tamra's romance with Ray Ron, as well as her new fling with Morgan.

And yes, we know about Beverly's firing and subsequent rehiring, as well as off-hours activities including attendance at executions.

But can we truly say that we know Tamra or Beverly?

Get ready to finally get some insight into both characters.

Last week, I sat down with Roquemore and Grant and learned a few things about what makes Tamra a surprisingly good nurse and why Beverly hasn't exactly become an exemplary worker since returning to the job. 

The two actresses discuss the crafting of their characters' backstories and the little things that they've learned from lines that maybe didn't make it into episodes.

Check out the full interview above.

"The Mindy Project" returns to FOX on Tuesday, September 16 at 9:30 p.m.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 246

Dan and Alan review 'Red Band Society' and 'Mysteries of Laura' and complete the Summer ReWatch

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for the first of what we expect will be two installments of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast this week.

We'll have an installment at the end of the week with a LOT of new show reviews, because otherwise next week will be utterly untenable. This podcast, though, only has reviews for FOX's "Red Band Society" and "Mysteries of Laura."

And then, we wrap up this summer's Podcast Rewatch, "Friday Night Lights" Season 2. We talk about the last two episodes of the season and then we have a lot of fun debating and ranking the worst characters and plotlines. I think it's a great wrap-up to a Summer ReWatch I quite enjoyed doing and we hope you did, too!

Today's Breakdown:
"Red Band Society" (00:01:00 - 00:11:50)
"Mysteries of Laura" (00:11:50 - 00:22:45)
"Friday Night Lights" Summer ReWatch (00:22:50 - 01:22:05)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

Can 'New Girl' bounce back? Will a non-pregnant Kerry Washington change 'Scandal'?

Much of the attention each fall is paid to new shows. Which new programs will break out from the pack and become hits? Which dud will suffer the ignominy of being the fall's first cancellation? Which shows will grow to become assets in the TV landscape and which shows wasted all of their good ideas in the first couple episodes?

But let's not forget the dozens of shows that are returning to networks and cable before the end of 2014, because there are some entice questions to be asked.

Could a show like "New Girl" or "Homeland" pass through last season's creative rough patches to become favorites again?

Could a show like "The Good Wife" squander last season's momentum after too many big twists last year?

Will early-season time period trickery hurt "The Big Bang Theory"? Will nine months off the air hurt "Sleepy Hollow"?

What's in store for the few shows already heading toward their series finales?

Sepinwall and I field many of the Big Questions for Returning Shows in this gallery.

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<p>Gillian Jacobs</p>

Gillian Jacobs

Credit: Bravo

Gillian Jacobs and Judd Apatow will make 'Love' on Netflix starting in 2016

Don't worry, 'Community' fans, this doesn't Britta up Season 6

It's official: Confirming reports that have been floating around since the summer, Netflix announced on Tuesday (September 16) that it has given a two-season commitment to the new comedy "Love," which comes from Judd Apatow, among other producers.

[Yes, there's an old joke involving Marilyn Monroe's "Let's Make Love" that I want to make here, but I can't remember exactly how the joke went.]

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