Fox Renews ‘Sleepy Hollow’ for Season 2

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sleepy hollow Fox Renews Sleepy Hollow for Season 2

Everything old is new again this year, at least on television. First, Bates Motel and Hannibal revitalized the decades-old characters of Psycho‘s Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter. Then, Fox launched a modern adaptation of Washington Irving’s 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Sleepy Hollow depicts the story’s hero – Ichabod Crane – as he teams with the present-day police of Sleepy Hollow, New York to solve the mysterious case of a Headless Horseman running loose and committing murders. While a striking departure from the source material, Sleepy Hollow was one of Fox’s most high-profile shows of the new season, and it looks like the network is pleased with the results.

Fox has officially renewed Sleepy Hollow, making it the first new series this fall to earn a second season. The series debuted with a 3.4 rating among adults 18 to 49 and has remained relatively consistent within that key demographic. Furthermore, 13.6 million viewers watched the premiere episode either live or on DVR within the first 3 days of its airing. Those numbers make Sleepy Hollow the strongest fall drama to premiere on Fox since 24 hit the airwaves in 2001.

Despite its ratings success and solid viewership, Sleepy Hollow‘s early renewal is a somewhat surprising move. The show’s initial order was for a 13-episode run, and networks traditionally extend such shorter seasons to a full 22 episodes once they realize a series is a hit. However, Fox appears to be shifting their strategy for its younger series and adopting a narrative structure more akin to cable network shows like The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy.

sleepy hollow episode 2 abbie Fox Renews Sleepy Hollow for Season 2

Earlier this year, the network employed a similar technique when it renewed The Following for a truncated season 2. That show debuted in January and had a successful 15-episode run, but instead of starting the second season in the fall with a full 20+ episodes, Fox plans to bring the Kevin Bacon led drama back to the air in January for another 15 episodes.

While this could indeed be a fluke, it could also mean that the “Big Four” networks are beginning to embrace more serialized storytelling over fewer episodes. After all, it has worked for shows like Breaking Bad in the past, allowing the creators to focus on a tighter approach to telling the story at hand while building buzz in the process. Plus, it allows the networks to give other shows a chance at attracting an audience in the meantime.

In any case, we’ll see what Fox has in store for Sleepy Hollow when the show returns – along with co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and executive producer Mark Goffman – next year. With its cop-centric perspective and deadly forces roaming the streets, Sleepy Hollow would certainly make the perfect companion piece with the network’s just-announced Gotham series.

Are you looking forward to season 2 of Sleepy Hollow? What do you think of the prospect of shorter television seasons going forward?


Sleepy Hollow airs Mondays @9pm on Fox.

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  1. im in the uk and im getting sick of waiting for season 2 we are now in may and ive been waiting for what seems like forever as iam in the uk , plz plz plz hurry up

      • You noticed that huh? I thought i was the only one!!!! They have all these new supposidly blockbuster tv shows like resurrection, believe, helix etc; but what they dont tell you is that your wasting your time because by the time they try to get-to-the-point of a show its bam “SEASON FINAL NEXT WEEK” promo after only 7 shows, and most likely soon-to-be cancelled and we never get the conclusions!!! Now summer is coming and they have these crazy titles like tyrant, strain, extant, 3musketeers, rosemarys baby, dominion, the list goes on, these shows will be extinct and become forgotten just like (cant even remember the title) 24 hours co star with the miracle boy who sees the future sitting on high towers. Are actors so desperate to star in anything because they cant get into big movies so they go for tv series making it look like they are in a movie in result the real good shows get the ax like being human and warehouse13. I really wish they could bring back battlestar gallatica,house,heroes and many more; suprisingly bbc network hasnt dissapointed me and are fairing WAY better than any other network!!! SAD IS IT??? IT IS! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE NETWORKS//MAKES ME SO MAD……..

    • sleepy hollow season 2 hasnt even been aired in the us yet so i doubt we will get it any time soon

    • Shorter seasons mean less writing and acting $$ spent. I hate it!! You get 2 months of show and 10 months or waiting. That could kill a series. I totally lost interest in Fallings Skies after the 1st season and waiting so long.

  2. I love Sleepy Hollow. It is a great show, and I love the cast. Hurry please. can’t wait.

  3. Totally agree my sister and I love Sleepy Hollow and have been anxiously awaiting the next season to begin. Please start soon.

  4. I can’t wait for season 2 to come out either it seems like eternity wait for the season to start.
    I guess I shouldn’t complain too much because it seems like every time I like a show it seems
    like the network cancels the shows that I like. So I’m not going to curse myself and wait patently
    For season 2 to start.
    I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one waiting for Sleepy Hollow to start so come in Fox lets get
    This show going for all of the fans that are going crazy waiting.

  5. Please–too long to wait for season 2. By the fall, will forget the story line.

  6. Fantastic movie,but please,I have waited long enough for season 2… do release it quick!!

  7. I have Grimm. So season two of Sleepy Hollow is unnecessary. Can I please trade it in for season two of Almost Human? I loved Almost Human! Need more Almost Human.
    They made the wrong decision here.

  8. hmmmm when is season 2 of sleepy hallow gonna come out

  9. I agree shorter season is stupid what happened to seasons lasting 18 to 24 episodes a season now u get 10 which is bullsh*t but anyway they aint gonna change that I can’t wait for new season of sleepy hollow

  10. No nap time allowed stop sleeping and wake up Sleepy Hollow!!! I absolutely love this show not to mention Ichabod is a hot bod
    I agree you need 20 episodes to keep it going and make everyone happy. This is my first and not my last post on Michèle good job guys we need a lot more of it. September would be a happy start.

  11. I wish the true 22 episode seasons would return; I mean full episodes not making a 10 episode season into a 22+ season by adding the “Behind the Scenes” for every episode. I recently obtain a full season of Wanted Dead or Alive (with Steve McQueen) plus Have Gun Will Travel and was amazed that they had 32+ seasons. Yes, granted the episodes were only 24-25 minutes long but….

    • Yeah that’s maybe why they were so long. Sleepy Hollow is 18 1 hour eps give or take advert time. So that ain’t bad

  12. Goodness I want to watch the 2nd season of sleepy hollow like yesterday already. I haven’t loved any piece better. Oh please so get released.

  13. Love the show seen it previewed an it looked pretty cool but I didn’t set my hopes to high but once I watched the first show I was hooked an heart broken when the season ended but I am pumped for the new season to start hope I s longer this time it a great show me my wife are hooked!!! Great show can’t wait for the new season

  14. Sleepy hollow is getting 18 eps this season. That’s not bad. I have a feeling that what you will find is you’ll get ten episodes (as I’m in the UK even less! :) ) and then there will be a Christmas hiatus and the rest will be show post New Year. I hate but have got used to it. I think it’s just because of where they get the shows in the schedule. At least we’re getting it now.

  15. Please keep my favorite TV show on for many more seasons and please, please do not cut episodes down for the Fall Season!! I am one of just thousands of fans who enjoy the characters and the writers are all making this one awesome show!

  16. When this show first came out it caught my attention and my family and i cant wait for season 2 we hope for many more seasons cant wait