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Continued: TV takes a fantastic voyage this fall with 'S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Sleepy Hollow' and more

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 7, 2013 - 4:11 PM

But now the gatekeepers have changed. Even President Obama isn’t embarrassed to admit he read Spider-Man as a kid.

“We won in the long run,” said Len Wein, a comic book writer who helped create Wolverine. “All of us who got picked on in high school are now on top of the heap.”

You don’t have to own a copy of “Daredevil” No. 181 to appreciate this growing genre. Using well-known fictional characters to tell contemporary stories is a great way to pull in an audience. At least that’s the theory behind Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” in which Ichabod Crane awakens from a 250-year nap to find he still has to deal with the Headless Horseman.

“I think there’s something really fun about taking the imagery we’re already familiar with and then revising it in a way that’s new and fresh,” said Mark Goffman, one of the drama’s executive producers. “That’s where the trend is heading.”

When will that bubble burst?

Julie Plec has heard this all before. When she helped launch “The Vampire Diaries,” people told her she was too late to the game. The series is about to begin its fifth season.

“We got the exact same questions because of ‘Twilight’ and ‘True Blood’ and ‘Buffy,’ ” said Plec, who is also launching “The Originals,” a “Diaries” spinoff. “Yes, we were afraid we were going to be the thing that killed the genre forever. But not only did that not happen, it thrived. It reinvigorated the genre and opened doors to a lot of other things. So, same answer. Yep, this could be the thing that finally has people saying, ‘No more vampires, darn you.’ Or it could just continue to breathe powerful life into a genre that been around for a hundred years.” • 612-673-7431 • Twitter: @Neal Justin


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