Fox gave Sleepy Hollow an early renewal, just three weeks after the series premiere.
A modern take on Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the series premiered on September 16 and drew 10.10 million viewers. The next two episodes drew 8.59 million and 7.97 million viewers.
However, Fox won’t give Sleepy Hollow a back nine order, instead keeping the first season at 13 episodes. Season two will also consist of 13 episodes.
“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 president 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 2.”
Sleepy Hollow follows Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who comes back to life in 2013, more than 230 years after being killed during a mission for George Washington. However, the Headless Horseman also comes back to life, and begins a nightly killing spree. To stop him, Crane must team up with Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), whose former partner was killed by the Headless Horseman.
At first, the District Attorney and other law enforcement think Crane is a madman and believe he is responsible for the death of the town’s former sheriff. They eventually find him to be useful in hunting the horseman, who is revealed to be Death, one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, The CW was also considering a series based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. That series, from Missing writers Patrick Macmanus and Grant Scharbo, would have featured Ichabod Crane as an FBI agent sent to Sleepy Hollow, New York, to investigate a beheading. However, there has been no word on whether or not the network plans to go forward with the series.