Fox Renews ‘Sleepy Hollow’ For Third Season, Clifton Campbell Set As New Showrunner

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Fox is sticking with Sleepy Hollow.

The network today announced that they had renewed the drama series starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie for a third season. Fox has ordered 18 episodes for next season, matching the episode order that Sleepy Hollow received for its second run.

Sleepy Hollow had long been expected to make it to a third season, though Fox hedged their bets early on by not handing it an early renewal alongside the likes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gotham and Empire. At the time of those renewals, Fox toppers Dana Walden and Gary Newman indicated a third season was still on the cards, adding that they wanted the show to return to its episodic roots.

The odds of a renewal increased significantly last week when executive producer and showrunner Mark Goffman, who was behind season two’s shift to more serialised storytelling exited the 20th Century Fox Television produced drama. Since that point, the word has been that a renewal would come down if and when they found an appropriate showrunner to replace him.

Fox and 20th Century Fox Television found that person in Clifton Campbell. The writer/executive producer created The Glades for A&E, which helped define that network’s scripted brand. The Glades was produced by Fox Television Studios, then under the leadership of David Madden, who recently segued to Fox as President of Entertainment.

“Sleepy Hollow is truly inventive television. The talented producers – led by Alex, Bob, Len and Heather – along with the brilliant cast, anchored by Nicole and Tom, have created a fantastic world that brings ‘history’ to life with compelling and vibrant storytelling,” said Madden. “I had the pleasure of working with Clifton on both ‘The Glades’ and ‘White Collar.’ He is an excellent producer, and we can’t wait to see what this team has in store for Season Three.”