‘Sleepy Hollow’ Season 2 Getting ‘At Least’ 15 Episodes

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Fox’s Sleepy Hollowthe show that updated the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman for modern times, infusing it with American history and wrapping it in a larger mythology – was a breakout hit for the network last season.

The series is also one part police procedural (arguably America’s favorite kind of television) with much of the praise coming from the onscreen chemistry between Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and Crane (Tom Mison), who – after the Headless Horseman returned – came back to life in modern day Sleepy Hollow. Now he and Abbie investigate not only what brought back the Horseman, but how it’s connected with the impending apocalypse.

Sleepy Hollow was one of the fall’s first shows to be renewed for a second season, which wasn’t too surprising considering it was Fox’s strongest performing drama to premiere since 24. That initial renewal was for only 13 episodes, but Entertainment Weekly is reporting season 2 will have “at least” 15.

The extra episodes aren’t necessarily unusual, especially for a popular show Fox seems to have a lot of confidence in. Yet, in recent years Fox has begun whittling down their shows to have shorter seasons, following along with what’s already the trend among cable dramas. The thinking here being a shorter season with less episodes to fill means the quality of those episodes will be (or at least should be) higher.

Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Getting At Least 15 Episodes

When The Following was renewed for its second season it was also only for 15 episodes, and Fox’s newest drama, Gotham, will also have a short season of only 13 episodes. Seeing how well this shorter season strategy has been working for cable networks – where shows like Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad draw large audiences even over a season of less episodes – there’s no reason Fox shouldn’t attempt the same.

The adding of two more episodes to Sleepy Hollow‘s second season doesn’t come anywhere near a network drama’s typical season order of 22 episodes. And executive producer Mark Goffman isn’t expecting the series to struggle under the burden of an additional two hours, saying:

“We look at this series as epic and every episode as needing to be epic. Every episode needs to be an adventure, and something mind blowing has to happen to our characters, with major revelations that move the story forward. We still approach it with that in mind. The more episodes you do, the harder that becomes, but I feel we are still at level where we can maintain that pace.”

Still, it’s a good sign for fans of Sleepy Hollow that Fox is allowing the show extra episodes in order to continue fleshing out its complicated backstory and mythology. It’s all too evident this series is being written with a larger story in mind, and often the setup required for that kind of big picture payoff needs as much time as possible to develop.

What do you make of Sleepy Hollow getting an additional two episodes for its second season? Will the extra time help or hurt the series? Sound off in the comments below!

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Sleepy Hollow returns this fall to Fox.

Source: EW

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  1. This is Great I love Sleepy Hollow I’m a huge fanboy :)

    • I’m with you! Great fun show, Tom Mison really nails it like a professional carpenter, and I will even buy the series when available on DVD! One of the better offerings in awhile!

  2. 13-15 episodes are simply better than 22 episodes. i’d rather see 13 or so quality eps than 22 eps plump with filler material.

  3. If the writing is good there is no such thing as “filler”. Not even on 22 episode seasons. Many standalone episodes that people tend to dismiss as “filler” are more engaging and entertaining than most drawn out main plots.

    • of course there’s exceptions. but overall, it’s much easier to avoid filler episodes with a 13 ep season than a 22 ep one, no matter the writing talent behind it. more episodes=higher tendency for filler

      • Yep, definitely agreed.

        I love Arrow but you have to admit, episodes like Seeing Red and The Promise were just filler episodes with a plot furthering moment right at the end.

        Same with The Tomorrow People’s recent remake, the first few episodes set things up, the rest was filler up until the final 4 episodes which made the show great and paid off all that time spent watching it.

        Same with Revolution too, love the show but again, 22 episodes per season and a lot of the time, it can have filler (last week’s episode being one example). The Blacklist is another example.

        Meanwhile, you get brilliant shows like GOT, The Following, Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes and Mad Dogs (to name just 5 shows) that have anywhere between 3-13 episodes per season with absolutely no filler whatsoever.

        Even with a 13 episode season, Sleepy Hollow had a couple of filler episodes but I could forgive that because the Moloch mystery had me intrigued.

  4. Every show is different, some standalone episodes ARE good while others merely are filler material to delay dealing with the overall plot, looking at you supernatural. I enjoyed the show, however since it’s on Fox I tend to worry as their not really known for renewing series as of late, scifi and supernatural especially.

    • Hm, for me every single stand-alone episode on Supernatural is more interesting than the current main story, or any of its main stories since Season 1, really.

      • p.s.: I really can’t stand dragged out “dangle the carrot” storytelling, which is even prevalent on short seasons. That’s probably why I always prefer stand-alones.

  5. This is fine by me as I really like Sleepy Hollow but as previously mentioned if all is done right a 22 episode season can have 22 good episodes without filler.

  6. Love this show

  7. The more the better, but come on, it’s way past time for a costume change!

  8. Good show but please someone give Ichabod new (and modern) decent clothes. The guy went through season one with one outfit !

    • Nah, didn’t you see the ep where he ran into a group of Revolutionary War re-enactors? He helped himself to a brand-new, clean outfit with a minimum of holes and stains. :-). The trouble was that the new outfit looks exactly like the old one. Ah well!

  9. I really enjoy this show. Can’t wait for it to return! But did I overlook the return date? When is that set for?