After weeks — nay, months — of painful speculation and being on the bubble, Fox has finally renewed Sleepy Hollow for a third season. The series will return for an 18-episode run in the fall, after the network just closed a deal with Clifton Campbell (The Glades) to take over from Mark Goffman as the new showrunner. Here's what Fox president David Madden said about Campbell:
“I had the pleasure of working with Clifton on both The Glades and White Collar. He is an excellent producer, and we can’t wait to see what this team has in store for Season 3.”
Goffman stepped down earlier this month after season two drew a lot of heated criticism. Instead of focusing on what worked, aka the amazing chemistry between the series’ two main leads, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), and the battle between good and evil, the show literally lost its way and became too serialized. Most of year two saw the writers shoving Katrina (Katia Winter) and the Cranes’ unending family drama down viewers' throats, leading to a massive backlash from the fans and a huge drop in ratings. Sleepy Hollow was down 40 percent compared to season one. That woke Fox the hell up.
Back in January, Fox TV chairman and CEO Dana Walden made her mea culpa and promised some changes:
“We are responding to a little bit to — not necessarily the criticisms — but this show has a high level of difficulty,” she said. “It’s a relationship show, a period show, you have iconic characters, you’re trying to tell mysteries and the show got a little overly serialized this past season. It’s very difficult on a show like this to get the exact right balance. Honestly, we felt watching the show, as passionate viewers, the show got too serialized.”
The third season of Sleepy Hollow will thankfully go back to the basics and explore the ever-evolving partnership and friendship between Ichabod and Abbie, following the dynamic duo’s victory over evil (and Katrina) in the awesome season-two finale. Season three has the setup to serve as a fresh start, and here's hoping they recapture the magic that made the show so much fun in year one.
Are you guys thrilled to see Sleepy Hollow return for a third season? What do you think of the choice of Clifton Campbell as the new showrunner?