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The Trolls Of My Heart, Starring Bryan Fuller Of ‘Hannibal’ And Orlando Jones Of ‘Sleepy Hollow’


This is mainly just a flaily status report on the awesome of two of my favorite people. Ever. Bryan Fuller (‘Hannibal’) is like the white night who rides again while Orlando Jones (‘Sleepy Hollow’) is fully playing both sides of the fandom fence i.e. being both star and fervent  troll. Prevalent through the acts of each man is a healthy love and respect for us fans and what we bring to the table. It’s a new dawn, a new day, and we’re ALL feeling good.

Halloween just passed so, along with hosting a party on the ‘Hannibal’ set, Bryan decided to dress up as everyone’s favorite cannibal. Then take a rocking photo alongside said cannibal. THE SUITS, PEOPLE. LOOK AT THEM. (Not that the suits are people although they might be, but I digress.) True, I have a wicked bias when it comes to plaid and am in no way objective. Still. THOSE.SUITS. Wardrobe on this show is absolutely ridiculous and beautiful and euwahwaiowaiotgwagfGBWAH. Bryan in one of Hannibal’s suits?! My body wasn’t ready. Also, damn, he cleans up nice.

Seriously, guys?! Not fair.
Seriously, guys?! Not fair.

Speaking of wardrobe! So, I’m puttering on Twitter minding everyone’s my own business when this is retweeted:


I just…I can’t…and while we’re all STILL recovering from this, Bryan decides to give us a sneak peek of said swimsuit:

Hannibal swimsuit
“Mads Mikkelsen’s Complete Wardrobe for Friday’s #HANNIBAL Shoot. You’re Welcome.”

THIS IS A THING THAT WE WILL BE SEEING ON OUR TV’S, GUYS. Mads Mikkelsen‘s delectable musculature being hugged by spandex as water sluices down his skin in (preferable) slo-mo. Hold me closer, tiny dancer! You can’t see me but there are tears, tears on the sides of my face. I mean, Bryan was decent enough to give us Hugh Dancy‘s thighs on more than one occasion during season 1; maybe he’s looking to top himself in season 2?! No one here is complaining. Dear Bryan, I don’t think I’ve ever been loved this well before. Please adopt me. 

Orlando Jones
Orlando Jones at NYCC © 2013 Francesca Rodriguez

Now, Orlando Jones? He is a whole ‘nother level of troll. No light caresses here! Orlando frolics on tumblr with regularity, compares ‘ships, and has sent out a formal call for fans to send him their fanfic. You know, so he can read that shit aloud and broadcast it! WHAT IS GOING ON?! And it’s not like he’s taking the piss either. He’s a legit fan of his own show and enjoys being as silly about it as the rest of us. This bond he’s developed with us, by admitting he IS one of us, is extraordinary. It’s just another example of doing “it” right and remembering that there’s not THAT much difference between creators of something and those who appreciate it. At the ‘Sleepy Hollow’ panel at NYCC, the man outright asked, “who ships Ichabbie?!” Between him, the self-proclaimed “flouncing tart” that is Tom Mison, and Nicole Beharie being the resident HBIC, this show’s cast  is a perfect fit for it’s fandom. *FYI, “Ichabbie” is the ‘ship name for Ichabod/Abbie.*

(l-r) Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter at NYCC © 2013 Francesca Rodriguez
(l-r) Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter at NYCC © 2013 Francesca Rodriguez

Orlando recently gave an interview to vulture.com in which he stated:

“I don’t get to sit back and pretend I’m too good to talk to them. That’s bullshit. Digital lets us have this conversation and make it as awesome as we want. Why can’t I share fan-fiction? Those fans are artists too, I’m not more or less of an artist than the people who are writing that, or drawing fan art.”

Dude. Let me clasp your wise self to my bosom because THIS. Fucking preach! It’s a reality that more folks in the industry need to get hip to and folks like Orlando and Bryan give me hope that this will start to be the norm. Not interacting with fans for shits ‘n’ giggles, but interacting with them because you actually value what’s been inspired in them whether it be ruminations or physical art. Talk to us, not at us. Then let us “talk” back.


‘Sleepy Hollow’ Review and Recap



Fox kicked off their Fall television series on Monday night with ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ the latest fantasy adventure show to hit the airwaves. It’s based on Washington Irving‘s classic ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ tale, but with a modern twist of course. Instead of Ichabod Crane being a scaredy cat teacher, he’s a soldier from the Revolutionary War who wakes up in the present day and is still on a mission to stop the end of the world. Got that? Well there’s lots more.

Crane beheads a a seemingly invincible horseman on the battlefield, but succumbs to a chest wound. He emerges from a cave and is almost run over by some of those newfangled cars. Later he discovers the president he was fighting for, Washington, on the $1 bill, and that black people are no longer slaves. It’s a rude awakening, but not as bad as the one Sheriff August Corbin, played in an all too brief role by Clancy Brown, gets when he realizes that all of the strange things he’s been investigating about his town are true. Just as he meets his maker by the hands of the Headless Horseman. Crane is naturally deemed crazy with his rants about being a time traveler and is temporarily thrown into a sanitarium, until the headstrong cop Abbie Mills takes an interest in him and his stories. It’s a different, and much needed, take on the “new, mysterious stranger” trope where the girl isn’t a helpless mess, and the dead-ish guy isn’t a total creep.



The dialogue is slick and is helped by the fact that the show doesn’t take itself so seriously. They openly address the racial dynamics between Ichabod and Abbie, though there is an obvious attraction between the two. The cast is solid, headed by the gorgeous and talented Nicole Beharie and the quite handsome Tom Mison, whose Crane has his moments of cockiness but is otherwise a gentleman. Orlando Jones, straying from his usual comedic roles, plays the slightly cliche apprehensive captain who wants to throw them both in jail, but who else is going to solve that whole headless guy on a horse problem the town has?

John Cho is Abbie’s suspect partner, and it’s just nice to see Cho in anything. The action scenes are tense, and though not as gory as you’d expect with someone like ‘Underworld’ director Len Wiseman behind the camera, seeing the beheadings from the victim’s point of view is a nice touch.

I think ‘Sleepy Hollow’ would have fit in nicely with the supernatural shows of Fox’s 90’s heyday. Sandwiched between ‘The X Files’ and the odd but satisfying ‘Millennium.’ It nicely balances the dark tone of Tim Burton‘s version with the lightheartedness of the animated version. It will have some big competition being on Monday nights at 9 p.m., but I think Fox has a strong hit on their hands.

So, will you be losing your head over ‘Sleepy Hollow?’