'Sleepy Hollow' gets surprise renewal for second season

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The first new show to get an order for additional episodes this fall is the first title that really impressed in the ratings: Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, which got a modest jump on competitors by debuting Sept. 16, has been renewed for a second season.

To which industry-savvy readers will say: “You don’t mean renewed, you mean a full-season pickup — a back-9 order.”

Nope, renewed. As in: Sleepy Hollow just got an order for a second season. Which is extremely unusual for a new fall show, especially since the fantasy drama doesn’t have a full-season order for this season.

Fox originally committed to airing 13 episodes of Sleepy Hollow. No more episodes beyond the current batch are expected for this season. Now Fox just ordered another 13 for the 2014-15 season.

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly has previously said he wanted to do more cable-style short-order seasons, so this move shouldn’t be that big of a shock. But it’s one thing for a network executive to make such a declaration of restraint, quite another thing to actually do it once they get a show in a time slot that’s working and there’s a whole dark scary season stretching out before them. So kudos to Fox.

Sleepy Hollow premiere has delivered 13.6 million viewers and a 5.0 adults 18-49 rating when including three days of DVR playback making it Fox’s most successful drama premiere since 24 opened in 2001.

“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 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.”


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