Fox’s set Sleepy Hollow Its leadership had “difficult” working conditions, confusion and “creative blows”. Burn it down.
Nicole Bihari and Tom Mison, who played detectives Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane, respectively, “don’t want to do a lot with each other,” Hollywood Expos from Maureen Ryan, which hits shelves Tuesday, alleges. A source who worked on the show allegedly attributed Mison’s character’s famous “courtly” bow because the co-stars didn’t want to hug each other.
That allegedly translated to their onscreen narratives, with showrunner Clifton Campbell telling Ryan that Mison and Beharie “believed that the relationship between the characters should not evolve into a romantic relationship” despite fans demanding it. (Neither Bihari nor Mison has commented on the book.)
Burn it down It is also claimed that following an alleged conflict between co-creator and director Len Wiseman and Behary during the filming of the pilot, actress Lindy Greenwood, who played Behary’s sister Jenny Mills, was brought in to replace him. 42 And a shame Actress
It also includes reporting on other shows including – throughout a chapter of the book lost, The Goldbergs And Saturday Night Live – Ryan explains how one of Fox’s most popular and promising shows collapsed in 2013, creating a hostile work environment for one of its stars amid creative mismanagement and turnover among producers, creators, showrunners and Fox executives. Part of that, the book alleges was driven by events inside the writers’ room, was that season one featured three people of color, but season two returned with an all-white male team outside of “the only woman of color.” .”
while speaking TV’s Top 5 About the book, Ryan said it exposes her misbehavior and bias Sleepy Hollow The reporting, which “provides necessary and important context” to the career trajectory of one of its stars, prompted her to publish the book. “If there’s any reason for me to burn things, it’s when people leave the industry or are forced out of the industry or forced into career breaks,” she told podcast co-hosts Leslie Goldberg and Daniel Feinberg. . “Not because of serious misconduct or serious unprofessionalism or any kind of serious breach, but because of fear for their mental health, their physical well-being, their safety and their overall quality of life.”
Multiple sources told Ryan that people in power at the show claimed from the beginning that they didn’t have a “good experience with Nicole,” but then extended that to writers who didn’t work with them. It was a “double standard,” as co-star Orlando Jones described it, and another source said she felt alone. “Especially if that person is a woman and a woman of color — those are two groups that already have challenges to begin with,” said Ryan, the same source. “That created an us-against-her atmosphere from day one.”
Despite a source saying, “I’m not trying to be difficult,” Beharie is said to have made statements in advance that they never witnessed her being like that. Or no more than Mison, described by one producer as “stellar” and “a handful” by another source. “He had his own problems,” she said. “I’ve always said he’d be the biggest problem on any other show.”
Beharry previously addressed the alleged disparity in treatment between himself and Mison, saying Los Angeles Times When she and Mison were ill during the filming of the show’s first season in 2020, he was allowed to return to the UK while she had to film an episode of her own, eventually ending up in intensive care.
According to sources who worked on the show, some of whom used their first names or full names, Behari showed trepidation about the role, which is a massive and potentially multi-year undertaking. (Ryan likens it to James Gandolfini on set The Sopranosis detailed in Difficult men.) But she and Mison struggled to be the show’s leads, with co-star Jones telling Ryan that the two were “out of their depth” and that “no one was helping them.”
Meanwhile, there was “a lot of creative wrangling” from the show’s leadership team from the start, a person who worked on the show told Ryan, noting “early “red flags” in the way issues were handled and blame was assigned — or reassigned.” While Mison and Behary went through “steep learning curves that sometimes rubbed off on colleagues,” Behary’s growing pains were treated differently.
“When a bunch of white people say a person of color is difficult, I’m assuming there’s a lot more to that story,” one source said. “I found her to be delightful, extremely talented, and an actor who turns into a heroine. And the pains grow with it. During my time there, the discrepancy came in how their growing pains were viewed and managed.
Later, writer Arnold Edwards was hired on the show, as then-showrunner Campbell was supervising. Edwards alleges that the experience became “hell” and “a miserable vibe on set”. At one point, when she suggested she and Behary talk together, Campbell “walked out,” telling her she couldn’t talk to Behary and calling the actress “crazy.” (Campbell denied calling Behary “crazy,” saying the accusation was “absolutely false” and that she was “professional,” “friendly, and fun.”) He told Ryan that Mison and Behary were the same on set during his season. I told the entire room not to share these ongoing discussions with any of the cast or crew, to protect the conversations that were developing as they began.”)
A source worked with Sleepy HollowFirst showrunner Mark Goffman alleged that “there were times when serious issues were brought not just to Mark, but to the powers that be.”
to say They either put them aside or didn’t deal with them.
The book also addresses season one reports that Behari bit a hairstylist on the show’s set. That stylist, Jones said, was brought in to address issues Behary had raised about how much money Sleepy Hollow Her wig was placed against Mison’s wig. (In a statement responding to a conversation among the show’s writers about Fox executives’ stances on black hairstyles on the show, there was initial opposition at the studio level to the actress wearing natural hair on screen, but that request was eventually granted, and in Beharry’s final season, she “wore her own wigs, which she asked us to use.”)
Jones says he was with her in the hair and makeup trailer and didn’t see the incident, even though he has a photo on his phone where he “pretended to bite Behari” as part of a prank. He also said “no physical altercation occurs without someone seeing or noticing,” Ryan wrote. The stylist declined to discuss in detail what happened Sleepy Hollow With \ Beharie,” adding, “I am also writing about my experiences.” She went on to call her time on the show “one of the worst projects I’ve ever worked on as a hairstylist.”
These events and others were a pattern within the show’s changing creative leadership, Ryan suggests. Campbell was “unproductively” emotional and defensive when black writers made suggestions about elements of the scripts, including HR’s potential unconscious bias when it came to script assignments, and fans criticizing the show for considering Bihari’s character.
The show had high turnover among its staff, on-set hours were often “brutal,” and key creatives in LA, Wilmington and North Carolina had been at odds and at odds since season one, a person who worked on the show told Ryan. . She said it was because those leaders were “conflict-averse or unwilling to have tough conversations.”
“It was very tense from very early on,” she added.