Thursday, October 3, 2013

FOX Renews 'Sleepy Hollow' for Season 2

The broadcast network gods have spoken and the first pickup for a new series this fall goes to - FOX's Sleepy Hollow. But instead of the typical back 9 episode order, the network has instead ordered up a 13-episode second season to air in fall 2014.

FOX entered this season with a strategy of programming shorter, largely uninterrupted, cable-style runs for its series. Sleepy Hollow was a breakout success in the Monday at 9PM time slot - so it's likely the network was tempted to extend the first season to the spring - and FOX quickly stuck to its original plan.

"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," said FOX chairman Kevin Reilly. "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."

The series co-creators Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman and Phillip Iscove are all on board for the second season. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 20th Century Fox Television and stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in a modern day update of the tale of the Headless Horseman.

The series has been one of the biggest success stories this fall season. Its premiere episode opened with a 3.5 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic and has shown consistency in weeks two (3.1) and three (3.0). The drama is also a huge DVR draw, earning a 5.0/13 rating in Adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers for the premiere in Live+3, making it FOX's most successful fall drama premiere since the debut of 24 in November 2001.