How Fox plans to fix 'Sleepy Hollow'
By James Hibberd, EW.com
's 'Inside TV' Blog - Jan. 17, 2015
Brace yourself, Sleepy Hollow fans. Fox is making some changes to the supernatural sophomore series. The network’s top brass told reporters they’re planning some creative tweaks to the show in the wake of its troubling ratings plummet this season.
Fox TV chairman and CEO Dana Walden told critics at the TCA press tour that the show will be less serialized and have a slightly lighter tone in the future. “We’re excited about some creative changes on the show and bringing it back to something that feels a little more episodic in nature, that has closure and doesn’t feel quite so serialized,” she said. “But we really love the show. We love Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie. They have fantastic chemistry. We feel like it’s a really unique series.”
Walden later clarified. “We are responding to a little bit to — not necessarily the criticisms — but this show has a high level of difficulty,” she said. “It’s a relationship show, a period show, you have iconic characters, you’re trying to tell mysteries and the show got a little overly serialized this past season. It’s very difficult on a show like this to get the exact right balance. Honestly, we felt watching the show, as passionate viewers, the show got too serialized. As part of our diagnostic process on any show, we tried to determine what’s working and what’s not working. We’re trying to return the fun to it a little bit. It’s an epic battle between good and evil, so there’s a tendency to be a little dark. It’s all about calibrating the show, not about making dramatic changes.”
Having said that, Walden said there’s no current plans to make any cast changes (cough-Katrina-cough). “We don’t have any creative changes [planned],” she said. “It was more [about] having a show that’s easier to access week to week that you don’t have to feel like if you tune into episode three of our new run, that you have to go back and watch the first two. So some greater procedural stories and maybe toning down a little bit the apocalyptic vision that existed in the initial episodes this season.”
Fox renewed Gotham, Empire and Brooklyn Nine-Nine this morning. Sleepy Hollow was left off the list, but the network has until May to decide its fate. Walden says she plans to “wait a little longer” on making the decision. “I’m hopeful it will come back as well.”