The fall TV season has only just started, and we've already got a verdict on the future of Fox's supernatural drama Sleepy Hollow.
The series, which follows the adventures of Ichabod Crane as he's revived in modern-day Sleepy Hollow, was one of the fall's earliest premieres. It's already aired three episodes, including the best fall premiere the Fox network has seen in more than a decade, and it's won its timeslot every week so far in the key 18-49 demographic. All that was good enough for Fox executives to go ahead and order a second season of the show. So, if you like visiting Sleepy Hollow every week, you've got at least one more year of trips there.
“The show has proven to be a risk well worth taking – it’s a conceptual blast unlike anything else on television and it all holds together with inventive writing and a fantastic cast,” Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly said. “I can’t wait for fans to experience what else is in store for this fall and even more of this wild ride into Season Two.”
But, as EW's James Hibberd points out, there is more to the story. While Sleepy Hollow did get renewed for a second season today, it did not get an order of additional episodes beyond the first 12 Fox picked up for season one. That means we're now likely looking at a short, 12-episode first season, followed by a second season of similar length (though Fox has not yet confirmed how long or short season two will be). Shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story have had great success with the shorter season format on cable, and it seems Fox is ready to explore that deeper too.
So Sleepy Hollow will be back next season, but it'll also be gone relatively quickly this season. What do you think? Is this a good move by Fox?