Segments have been filmed in Havelock, New Bern

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 08:00 PM.

Ichabod Crane’s battle against the menacing Headless Horseman and the looming apocalypse is just getting started. Fox’s locally filmed freshman series “Sleepy Hollow” has been renewed for a 13-episode second season, set to air in fall 2014, the network announced Thursday.

The show is the first new fall series on any broadcast network to be renewed.

The show has filmed scenes at Havelock’s Sherwood Motel as well as at New Bern’s Tryon Palace.

Fox chose to order a second 13-episode season instead of adding episodes to the current season, which suggests the network envisions “Sleepy Hollow” as a 13-episodes-per-year series. Broadcast networks increasingly have embraced seasons shorter than a standard 22 episodes, a format that has proven successful for cable networks. The shorter season structure also was implemented by CBS for “Under the Dome,” the locally filmed series that aired its 13-episode first season this summer.

In a statement, Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment for Fox, said, “The show has proven to be a risk well worth taking – it’s a conceptual blast unlike anything else on television and it all holds together with inventive writing and a fantastic cast.”

Nicholas Gonzalez, who plays Det. Luke Morales on the show, said he got to break the news to co-star Nicole Beharie and some of the hair and makeup crew members Thursday afternoon while filming in downtown Wilmington.

“Everyone is thrilled, especially with it being a 13-episode second season so everyone can get a little break,” he said, emphasizing how hard the cast and crew have been working.

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