'West Wing' fans will be pleased to know that a certain former White House correspondent will be making his way to 'Sleepy Hollow' next season in a very special recurring role.
Entertainment Weekly exclusively reports that Timothy Busfield — who played the lovable Danny Concannon in Aaron Sorkin's political drama — has been enlisted by FOX to play Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, during 'Sleepy Hollow's sophomore season. And apparently he and Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) have a bit of a history.
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Fans will discover that Crane reluctantly apprenticed under Franklin before he awoke in present day New England. "Last season we created this history between Ichabod and George Washington that talked about this secret war that was part of the American Revolution,” executive producer Mark Goffman told the site. “This season we’re continuing that and expanding on it with other characters."
He added: "Benjamin Franklin is great because we are all familiar with so many of his contributions and now we get to pull back the veil a bit. This man founded the printing press and was responsible for so many [innovations] and now we find out he’s involved in this secret war and that Crane had a relationship with him. I’ve read several biographies of Franklin and we’re teeing off on some of his precociousness and eccentricities."
For his part, Busfield is equally as excited to delve into this historic role. "Not a lot of people have actually played Ben Franklin, and the more I learn about him and read about him, he’s a really fun guy,” Busfield remarked. “He’s a writer, and I love how that informs his mind."
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But his favorite part of the job description? Eating tons of ice cream! Due to Franklin's rather portly figure, executive producer Ken Olin has told the actor to eat as much junk food as he wants. Busfield joked, “I get to play a guy with a potbelly who wears bifocals — finally a part that Michael Fassbender couldn’t play!”
Aside from 'The West Wing,' Busfield's other TV credits include 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,' 'Revolution,' 'Childrens Hospital' and 'Without a Trace.'
'Sleepy Hollow' returns for a second season later this fall.