'Sleepy Hollow' Season Two Confirmed to be 13 Episodes (for Now)

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January 13th, 2014

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Sleepy Hollow's second season order has been confirmed to be for 13 episodes, but FOX Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said at today's TCAs that a few more could potentially be produced. Production on the new season begins in March, and it will debut this coming fall.

 
  • Dan

    Reilly also said they screwed up the scheduling this year and next year will run all 13 in a row.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Honestly all we need is 13, it works great for that kind of show. No need to stretch it out to 22.

  • Alkazaar

    Agreed. Because of the serialized nature of the show, this show will benefit from having only 13 episodes. Otherwise it would have to stretch the entire season into 22 episodes with possibly boring “filler” episodes in between.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    I’m hoping SH ratings surge tonight!

    PS: I’m seeing TV LISTINGS at the top of this page from last Thursday.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Thirteen episodes makes it more like cable but much longer until syndication. Would there be much syndication value for SH?

  • Feedback

    @Jeff (Canada)

    15 would be a cool number. Or maybe they can do 13, but two of them are 2 hour episodes.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    @Feedback

    I would be OK with 15, it’s a nice round number and wouldn’t dilute the story too much. I think they’re doing 15 with The Following as well.

  • Sean

    I like Feedback’s idea! Do 13 episodes but with a couple of two hour episodes. I can imagine that Sleepy Hollow will get a bigger budget next year, so they could make it something very special.

  • Ultima

    @Dan
    Reilly also said they screwed up the scheduling this year and next year will run all 13 in a row.

    Yeah, I didn’t really see the point in holding the three episodes for January.

    @Feedback
    15 would be a cool number. Or maybe they can do 13, but two of them are 2 hour episodes.

    That’s pretty much a necessity if they want to run it straight through during the fall. With a 15 September premiere, they would have 13 weeks in which to air the show before Christmas (accounting for a week off for the World Series).

  • PRW

    Also killed the typical pilot season, which I pretty much advocated with my schedules everyone hated.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    @PRW

    No. This is just one show they’re doing it with, nothing is killed.

  • cimmer

    I’m probably alone in this but I think 13 isn’t a good number for broadcast. Shows tend to get lost in the shuffle and ratings drop. For some reason what works on cable doesn’t always do well on broadcast but I suppose we’ll see what happens.

  • Nick.

    I actually think they should do 22 next year. Simple reason: put if off the air too long and people forget about it. Besides, the writers have much more time (4 months, give or take) than shows that got full seasons, so I think they can craft a nice arc for the back-9, without having to rush things and maybe screwing up.

    Honestly, SH’s ratings have been okay but not great of late, and this 13-per-season model won’t be doing them any favour due to lack of syndication prospect.

  • THE OLD MAN

    @ Dan

    I also agree. A 15-16 ep order would be better to run straight through.

  • Fake Me Outf

    I’d rather have 5 seasons of 13 great episodes than 4 seasons of 22 that were hit and miss.

    I also love the idea of running it straight through with no long break(s) as well as the idea of 2 super-sized episodes … the debut and finale would seem to be perfect for double episodes.

    I’d also love to see Fox run season 1 straight through prior to the fall on Fox and/or one of their cable channels to help gear up fans both old and, hopefully, new.

    ymmv

  • HeadlessHorseman

    Fine by me. No need for a 22 episode order.

  • David James

    I love 13 episode orders as they allow for less filler and more story. Shows like this lose viewership because the story is dragged out for 6 seasons of 22/24 episodes.

  • Dan

    I think 13 is good, maybe up to 16 but no need for 22. GThats too much for the series, unless FOX wants split seasons.

    Unlike ABC, NBC and CBS, FOX’s limited strategy worked for Sleepy Hollow and The Following. If Folowing does well this season then both dramas can maintain their fall/spring timeshare while Bones and Glee enter their final seasons. If Rake is a succes then it can either follow suit (and return next January) or FOX can bring it back in the fall.

    Honestly FOX could bring back a trimmed X Factor and it wouldn’t have a negative affect on their drama scheduling.

    I’m usually not one for fantasy schedules but FOX could potentially do this next season

    Sunday
    8:00 The Simpsons
    8:30 Bob’s Burgers
    9:00 Family Guy
    9:30 NEW COMEDY

    Monday
    8:00 Sleepy Hollow
    9:00 NEW DRAMA

    Tuesday
    8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    8:30 The Mindy Project
    9:00 New Girl
    9:30 NEW COMEDY

    Wednesday
    8:00 The X Factor

    Thursday
    8:00 Glee (final season)
    9:00 NEW DRAMA or Rake

    Friday
    8:00 Bones (final season)
    9:00 Masterchef Junior / Kitchen Nightmares

    I personally think FOX will keep comedy Tuesday and X Factor Wed if renewed. Bones and Glee will stay on their respective nights for final seasons but they might try a new drama Thursdays or Rake.

  • Networkman

    I like 15 episodes with the season premiere and season finale being 2 hours long. This show should continue to share its timeslot with The Following which will also run for 15 episodes per season. But I feel all the other shows that FOX pick up should be capable of producing 22 episodes per season. Shows with full season orders, that will produce a large amount of episodes for syndication are still needed on broadcast TV.

  • PRW

    @Jeff

    Read the Deadline report he said they(fox) will not follow the typical pilot season anymore

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