10.03.2013

Renewed!


I didn't think Fox had it in them.

From Deadline:
And the first pickup for a new series this fall goes to — Fox‘s drama Sleepy Hollow. But instead of the standard back 9 order, the adventure series is getting a second-season renewal for at least 13 episodes. Sleepy Hollow is part of Fox’s strategy for shorter, largely uninterrupted, cable-style runs. It was designed to air its 13-episode first season in the fall before another drama series ordered under the same template, The Following, returns in the Monday 9 PM hour — likely in January.  Given the success of Sleepy Hollow, it probably was tempting to try and extend its freshman season to the standard 22 episodes, but Fox brass stuck with their original plan. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who co-created Sleepy Hollow with the pilot’s director Len Wiseman and Phillip Iscove but are now under an overall deal at CBS TV Studios, are on board for Season 2. Also coming back is Mark Goffman, who joined after the pilot as an executive producer assisting Kurtzman and Orci with showrunning duties. “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.

Sleepy Hollow, a new take on the tale of the Headless Horseman, has been one of the biggest success stories this fall, not only because of its strong premiere numbers but because of its consistency, opening with a 3.4 18-49 rating and, three weeks in, still staying above the 3 ratings threshold in live viewing (3.0). The series, from K/O Paper Products and 20th Century Fox TV, also is a huge DVR draw, earning a 5.0/13 rating among 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. With its encore, post-three-day playback on DVR and VOD and streaming, the Sleepy Hollow premiere has drawn an audience of more than 22 million to date.
This is great news! While I'm not exactly surprised given the show's consistently high ratings, I am surprised that it happened so soon. I thought we'd have to wait until closer to the finale.  At least now we can watch the rest of the season unfold without worrying about a possible cancellation.

Hollywood, you're on notice.  There is no longer any excuse.  Scandal and now Sleepy Hollow have effectively blown the status quo out of the water.  Either fall in line or get out of the way.

11 comments:

  1. I didn't think Fox had it in them.

    *blink* I didn't either.

    Here's hoping the show continues to improve, and may Nicole and Lyndie finally have the roles we already knew they deserved.

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  2. I was reading this article- http://www.today.com/entertainment/game-thrones-no-one-safe-sleepy-hollow-6C10820783

    Make sense when John Cho was killed off first but came back as a demon. But I'm not sure if they are going to go the same route now that it's been renewed, I guess we have to watch and see.

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    1. Huh? The series just started and they are already renewing SH? Thats rather quick. Though its a great series, I wonder should they have waited until episode 5? Its good that they have high regards of the show, I just don't want it to be one of those cases where it may do good one day bad on the other. Regardless of my thoughts, I m happy for SH

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  3. Hollywood, you're on notice. There is no longer any excuse. Scandal and now Sleepy Hollow have effectively blown the status quo out of the water.

    Amen. Sleepy Hollow had FOX's highest rated premiere in 12 years, while "'Scandal' Season 3 Debuts w/ Historic Ratings! 10.5 Million Viewers + 712,877 Tweets".

    And not to rub salt into an old wound, but "Twisted" was flat-out strangling the competition until the show became all about Jo.

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    1. Anybody know what's happening with Twisted??? I'm curious. Has it tanked? What are the ratings now that the show has dropped to the status quo? Lina Green ain't got shit else to say???

      Hollywood, you're on notice. There is no longer any excuse. Scandal and now Sleepy Hollow have effectively blown the status quo out of the water. Either fall in line or get out of the way.

      I'm still nervous and hope you aren't speaking too soon. I believe in the show, and I believe people need to give it time to unfurl as the writers/producers plan for it to. I'm already seeing articles and posts where it seems people want to rush the story. The story being undertaken is a deep and complex one and not one for those of the microwave instant-gratification persuasion.

      So while we are currently looking at Monster-of-the-Week, I am of the belief that the point is to scratch the surface and introduce us to the characters. The bigger story; the one that relates to the horned demon (my pal Noob thinks it is an embodiment of Satan and not just any run-of-the-mill demon; she's a scholar in this subject) requires that the characters be fleshed out. Abby can't go to war with something she doesn't really understand (the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) if we (the audience) don't know what abilities she's bringing to the table.

      To do this, Abby must first face the truth, which she did in E3. What she has to do now is reconcile with her sister, which may happen in E4/E5. Jennifer is more battle-ready than her sister; she can see the devil. Abby is the dynamic character here, not Ichabod. We know him; we're still getting to know her. The best way to do this and get to the big baddie in a reasonable time frame is to give us characterization via the MotW.

      The horned demon is like the King Koopa of Mario Bros or The Bride in Kill Bill. You've got to fight a lot of underlings before you can get to the boss. As Abby must do in Sleepy Hollow. So let's give her time to do so.

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    2. ***like Bill in Kill Bill...argh!!! Abby would be The Bride, metaphorically speaking...and I has no problem with this.

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    3. Twisted is on hiatus until January. When it comes back, it better not suck.

      I agree - they need to take their time with this show and flesh the characters out thoroughly. That's why shows used to last so long; they didn't cater to an ADD generation. Action and awe are great, but they do not a 7-year show make.

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    4. So while we are currently looking at Monster-of-the-Week, I am of the belief that the point is to scratch the surface and introduce us to the characters.

      I agree, Amaya. There is a lot more story here then we're aware of. Orci and Kurtzman said that before Fox would order the show to series, they had to give them a plan on where they were going to go with the show. They know what they want to do (even though I'm sure some stuff is subject to change as the story and characters continue to grow).

      Also, the show will only have 13 eps this season and for now at least, 13 eps next season like cable shows do. While I would love to not have to wait from Jan to Sept for it to come back, 13 ep seasons allows for tighter storytelling with less filler episodes, so that should help it get and keep it's footing.

      Fox must have seen something for them to renew it so quickly. The ratings have held steady over three weeks and retained over 90% of it's live audience which most new shows wish they could do. The Live+3 numbers (DVR watchers) are excellent with about a 48% jump in numbers (first week 3.5 to 5.0, second week 3.1 to 4.6, third week 3.0 to 4.4 in the 18-49 demo). Those numbers are very strong and that's probably why Fox jumped on what is now considered a bonafide hit (NBC's The Blacklist has similar numbers and a full season pick-up has already been ordered).

      While it's true that numbers can easily fall off, everything I'm seeing on social media indicates otherwise. People who didn't watch the show before are hearing the buzz and have started to watch (and love it) and Tumblr is brimming with all things Sleepy Hollow. The reviews have been outstanding and what I find most interesting is that in 99% of them, they all say the same thing: the relationship between Abbie and Ichabod make the show and the scares are a close second. As long as they don't eff those two things up, they should do just fine.

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  4. Twisted is on hiatus until January. When it comes back, it better not suck.

    Hopefully, the showrunners are taking a peek at Scandal and Sleepy Hollow and their twitter TL and are readjusting their storytelling. People were not happy with that "it's all about Jo" crap they tried to pull and if they aren't careful, people will just stop watching and they won't get a season 2. They can call Lacey a lead all they want, but the fact that her character is getting put behind both Danny and Jo makes me give them some serious side-eye. Not to mention the way her character has been treated. Sigh.

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    1. I was just reading a post from a comment from om the another poster from the imdb.com (On the "Yes. Adam "link )website where it said that that the creator of Twisted got an ear( e-mail full..lol) from fans who were displeased with the show. Supposedly, the shows creator listened and is going to make some changes with Lacey's character on the show.

      Hmmm... I don't know, but I'm hoping he isn't pulling our leg like he did with the begging of the show. Maybe he looking at the success of Scandal and SH and want the same thing for Twisted. Im trying to hold on as I want this show to be a success,but if the creator listen to those " Janny" fans, he can count his show going nowhere. I especially want Avan and Kylie to be successful in the pictures they act in.

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    2. Maybe he looking at the success of Scandal and SH and want the same thing for Twisted. Im trying to hold on as I want this show to be a success,but if the creator listen to those " Janny" fans, he can count his show going nowhere.

      AMEN!!!

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