Fox has given an early renewal to Sleepy Hollow, with The Glades creator Clifton Campbell on board as executive producer and new showrunner. The 18-episode third-season pickup of the headless horseman drama had been hinging on finding a new showrunner to succeed Mark Goffman, who exited after two seasons.
A surprise breakout last season, Sleepy Hollow had struggled a bit in Season 2, both creatively and ratings-wise. “We want to get back to something that feels a little bit more episodic in nature, it has become overly serialized,” Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden acknowledged at TCA in January. “We are trying to return the fun to it a little bit.”
Still, Sleepy Hollow has been a signature drama for Fox and a lucrative property for the company, with strong international sales for sibling 20th TV. And it has had a lot of support at the network. Fox entertainment president David Madden called it “truly inventive television.” He is believed to have played a role in bringing in Campbell as new showrunner — as president of Fox TV Studios, he worked with Campbell on FtvS’ The Glades, which Campbell created and ran, and White Collar, on which he served as co-executive producer. “He is an excellent producer, and we can’t wait to see what this team has in store for Season 3,” Madden said.
From K/O Paper Products and 20th TV, Sleepy Hollow was co-created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman. The series is executive produced by Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman, Heather Kadin and Campbell who is repped by CAA and Jackoway, Tyerman.
At Fox, Sleepy Hollow joins renewed freshman dramas Gotham and Empire and sophomore comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.