Your wish is Fox’s command! After the hit supernatural drama “Sleepy Hollow” aired its first 13-episode season, fans took to social media to complain about how they wanted more. Some may call that glutinous – we call it devoted. Their cries were so loud that Fox chief Kevin Reilly took a moment from his busy schedule to investigate what all the hubbub was about.
He listened to the pleas of Ichabod-loving viewers and decided he too would like to get his “Sleepy Hollow” fill the next time the Alex Kurtzman-created series aired. That’s why he decided to give fans exactly what they wanted – all 18 episodes of it.
Yes, that’s right! Season 2 of “Sleepy Hollow” will produce at least 15 episodes for its sophomore season, with the potential of even airing 18! Now that’s what we’re talking about! While some fans greeted the news with wide opens arms and wide smiles, others were a bit more skeptical, saying that 18 episodes could potentially drag out the beloved series.
We see their point and agree with commenters that it wouldn’t be exciting to watch the protagonist “figure out a Segway” for a filler episode. So, with that argument on the table, Kurtzman explained why he ordered a possible 18 episodes for Season 2.
“This spring, when … I desperately could use ‘Sleepy Hollow ‘on the air, I’ve thought, ‘Oh, it would have been nice to have it around’,” he admitted to New York Magazine. “But it was the right thing to do for that show. They were doing $4 million little mini-movies every week on a crazy schedule. We missed airdates, so we had more preemptions. [And] the audience wants to watch 13 episodes in a row. They don’t want to watch two on, and then one off, and then three on, and then two off.”
According to Vulture, Reilly thinks “Sleepy Hollow” will benefit from having more time to prepare for its upcoming season.
“We’re in series production now. We’ve got our writers' staff up and running. We’ll start shooting in May. I’m going to make somewhere between about 15 or more, maybe a maximum of 18 next year. Those will air all in a row. There will be no preemptions [except maybe] one over the World Series or a holiday.”
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