Fox is continuing to make calls on their existing series. Hours after pulling the plug on Rosewood, the network has decided not to order a fifth season of genre show Sleepy Hollow, TVWise has learned.
Once a ratings hit for Fox, the series slipped in the ratings in recent years and barely eked out a third season renewal last season, based largely on the creative changes and strong international sales. Those changes – and the show’s Friday night time-slot – did nothing to improve the ratings making the cancellation inevitable.
Created by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, Sleepy Hollow follows a resurrected Ichabod Crane joins forces with modern-day allies to save the world from supernatural forces and unprecedented evil. The drama series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television & K/O Paper Products and stars Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane. The executive producers are Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman, Clifton Campbell, Albert Kim, Raven Metzner, Russell Fine and Heather Kadin.
Distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, Sleepy Hollow was acquired in the UK by NBCUniversal International Networks, after they managed to outbid several larger UK broadcasters. NBCU initially acquired the show for Universal Channel, who aired the first three seasons, before shunting it to genre channel for Syfy UK. Sleepy Hollow has been a consistently strong ratings performer on this side of the pond and as as such this move will not be welcomed by NBCU execs, though it does free up inventory for them to pick up another high-profile show out of the upcoming LA Screenings following their recent acquisition of Midnight, Texas.