Since Sleepy Hollow premiered last September, I’ve been on a truly wild ride that has made for one of the most exciting and unexpected professional experiences I’ve ever had as an actor. In addition to witnessing the birth of the Sleepyheads (the amazing fandom that supports our show) I’ve also been adopted by the SPNFamily, the fans that have made the CW cult series Supernatural the success it is today.
Through that experience I had the opportunity to meet and befriend Misha Collins, one of the stars of Supernatural, who has proven himself a force to be reckoned with in the social media realm for his creation of disruptive media experiences that engage fans across the globe in support of his non-profit organization Random Acts.
Collins, recently dubbed the “King of Social Media” by users on the popular site Zap2It.com, was the catalyst for what will become my next creative journey as I’m proud to share news of a new project we’ll be working on together.
I’m still amazed that what started out as a joke I came up with on Twitter has now become a reality.
MISHA COLLINS AND ORLANDO JONES TO STAR IN HULU ORIGINAL SERIES
SURPRISE SPIN-OFF BORN FROM JOKE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 2, 2014/LOS ANGELES - An unlikely pairing will come to life on popular streaming website Hulu as Supernatural star Misha Collins and Sleepy Hollow fan favorite Orlando Jones join forces in a unique and unexpected limited series. After lengthy negotiations, the OTT (over-the-top) streaming video subscription service, Sleepy Hollow producer 20th Century Fox TV and Supernatural producer Warner Brothers Television have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff from the two acclaimed drama series. The untitled spinoff series, codenamed SuperSleepy, has been in the works for months. It centers on two of the breakout supporting characters from the respective series, Sleepy Hollow’s Captain Frank Irving (Jones), the by-the-book police captain who was last seen confessing to a murder he did not commit and Supernatural’s Castiel (Collins), an angel who fell from heaven and works along side the Winchester Brothers to protect humanity from the battle between heaven and hell.
Conceived by Supernatural writer/producer Robbie Thompson along with actors Collins and Jones, who inspired the idea with a series of humorous tweets about the proposed series, the spinoff will be a stand-alone 13 episode series that will focus on the relationship between the two characters after Collins character appears in Sleepy Hollow while Jones’ Captain Irving is in an asylum under heavy sedation, Hulu said. None of the parties would elaborate on the project’s status, but we’ve learned “SuperSleepy” has a series order pending the completion of Fox’s deal with Jones and Warner Bros deal with Collins and Thompson. Collins is slated to direct the pilot. The agreement between Hulu, Fox, and WB came after negotiations with Amazon, which has had huge success with Sleepy Hollow, broke down over Amazon’s concern about the project’s special “niche within a niche market appeal”.
The hour-long spinoff is expected to be far less dark than the respective original series with more comedy infused into it.
Sleepy Hollow co-creator Len Wiseman has been high on the idea since Jones first discussed it with him in December. “As a fan of Supernatural I would love to see a SuperSleepy spinoff,” he said at the recent Paleyfest event for Sleepy Hollow at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater. “I like the idea of a buddy show in which these two breakout characters will do anything it takes to protect mankind from the impending apocalypse while trying to out sass each other. I look forward to seeing a more comedic side of these characters than our respective shows regularly present. That would be fun — I would like that.”
No word yet on whether the lead actors from either show - Sleepy Hollow stars Tom Mison & Nicole Beharie or Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki - will make an appearance in the spin-off. An earlier announcement about the hybrid series on The Huffington Post hinted at the involvement of legendary actor William Shatner in a supporting role, although calls to his representatives have not been returned.