Stars, scorpions on the set of 'Sleepy Hollow' at EUE Screen Gems

Published: Aug. 23, 2013 at 4:16 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2013 at 4:16 AM EDT
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On the set of 'Sleepy Hollow' filming in Wilmington.
On the set of 'Sleepy Hollow' filming in Wilmington.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A scorpion crawls up its handler's arm. Nearby, a shaman is surrounded by mysterious potions in a tent made from handwoven Native American blankets. The floor is covered in straw and furs hang from the ceilings. Welcome to the set of FOX's new show, Sleepy Hollow.

Inside a large sound stage at EUE Screen Gems in Wilmington, lights, cameras and more than 60 crew members surround the tent. Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane, and Nicole Beharie, who plays his police officer partner do several takes for the third episode as cameras roll.

Both are buzzing about the next scene, in which they will have a live scorpion crawling on them.

Mison said he was told that the scorpions, that apparently have been used on the set of Fear Factor, had their venomous stingers removed. However, he has his doubts.

Beharie admits to having a fear of arachnids. But both put aside their worries about the upcoming scene to talk to us about filming Sleepy Hollow.

"I think we have settled rather nicely," Mison said. "Everyone has been welcoming. The studios are amazing. Everyone in town seems very excited. I occasionally go into restaurants downtown and if they see I have my Sleepy Hollow script, they say, 'oh yeah, I'm looking forward to that.' So, that's nice."

Beharie raves about her time in the Port City.

"I don't think we could be any happier being here," she said. "It's the perfect town to be shooting a show like this. Our schedule is really intense. But when we're off, we have the ability to go to the beach, the river." She gushes about the local restaurants she's visited.

There's very little down time, though, for the cast and crew. They are working 12 hours or more a day. On average, it will take them eight days to shoot each episode. The production will film the first season through December.

Both Mison and Beharie said the show has something for everyone. It's a mystery adventure that retells the Washington Irving classic, Ichabod Crane, with a modern twist. In the show, Crane, a Revolutionary War soldier, wakes up 250 years into the future to find that the world is on the brink of destruction. When he awakes, so does his enemy, the infamous Headless Horseman, whose head he chopped off all those years ago.

The Headless Horseman is only the beginning though and Crane and Mills team up to save the world.

"Come with an open mind because all of your expectations are going to be flipped," Beharie said.

Mison talked about why fans should tune in. He said there's nothing else like it on television.

"You can expect it to be a little bit of everything, the best bits of all of the genres," he said. "You've got horror. You've got comedy in there. You've got a brilliant cop drama. You've got a buddy show. It's scary and it's funny and thrilling."

The new show airs September 16 on FOX Wilmington. But you have a chance to see it early. An advance screening is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 27, at Regal Mayfaire Cinemas. Early arrival is highly recommended. Admission is based on first come first-served.

To get tickets, click here.

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