Fox’s supernatural drama Sleepy Hollow debuted last season to very high ratings and generally favorable reviews. Fans and critics alike praised the show’s compelling characters, crazy mythology and big, fun, adventurous storylines. Time Magazine even named Sleepy Hollow one of 2013’s 10 Best New Shows.
But season 2, which recently finished airing, was met with a lot of criticism. Viewers regularly complained that popular characters like Jenny and Irving were being relegated to the background, and the series’ new monster-of-the-week format failed to endear itself to most fans. Now many are wondering if the show, and Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills, will be back for season 3.
Sadly, there’s potentially more bad news today for Sleepy Hollow, as showrunner Mark Goffman has stepped down from his position. It’s one which he has held since the series premiered. Goffman is said to be moving to CBS Studios with a two-year deal to supervise and develop new projects.
Reportedly, Fox is already on the lookout for a replacement showrunner, but that’s assuming they choose to renew Sleepy Hollow for season 3. Just a few months ago at the TCA press tour, Fox TV chairman and CEO Dana Walden told reporters they’re planning to make the show less serialized and lighter in tone going forward, so it would seem a decision hadn’t been made yet on its fate.
One ray of hope going into the next few months is that Fox’s other drama The Following is doing even worse in ratings. Should FOX choose to renew one or the other, right now Sleepy Hollow might be a shoo-in for a place on the lineup.
Another positive point is that if Sleepy Hollow does get renewed, then the series could essentially start over with a new showrunner. For fans mainly interested in Crane and Abbie solving cases on a weekly basis, it sounds like that’s the direction where Fox wants to move the show. But for fans who enjoyed the mythology of season 1, well, Goffman was a big part of that, and he’s now on the way out.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you glad Goffman is leaving? Would you watch a lighter and less serialized Sleepy Hollow? Let us know in the comments.
Stay tuned for more news on Sleepy Hollow as it develops.