After four seasons Fox’s Sleepy Hollow is officially coming to an end, and there will be no fifth season for the show. Honestly, at this point, it’s kind of a relief.
We were shocked when the series got a fourth season, as the third season ended with one of the shows two protagonists getting killed out of nowhere. Not only that, but a romantic plot was shoehorned in at the last moment making everything super uncomfortable. A lot of us who were fans of the series had hoped the series would just end at that point.
But it came back.
I honestly tried to stick with it, I really did. Some of the new elements were okay… but I just couldn’t get back into it. Frankly the show was going down hill for a long time before this latest season, with Katrina’s Face-Heel turn in season two being the biggest head scratcher. While the awkward fourth season didn’t make things better, I think most of the show’s fandom can agree that it’s time for all of us to move on.
It used to be pretty reliable that genre shows on Fox with mediocre ratings would disappear into the night. Even shows that had a chance to make it with just a few more episodes could poof off into the ether. It was something you could count on, y’know?
So when Sleepy Hollow had probably the dumbest season finale ever conceived, which alienated long time fans and tried to shoe in romantic feelings to one of televisions better platonic male-female relationships whilst killing off one of the leads… I took comfort. I mean, there was no way that the show would continue forward with these absolutely ridiculous changes.
But no – because, you see, Sleepy Hollow has been renewed.
That’s right, we’ll get to see the show return in its bizarre, post-idiocy form for reasons that obscure even the brightest of lights. Okay, so the reasons do make some sense, as the show sells well overseas and it’s getting closer to a good syndication length. Both of those things make it profitable to keep churning it out, even though the last season had an ending guaranteed to enrage pretty much ninety-nine percent of the remaining fanbase.
So yeah, everything is kind of terrible, and this comes from a Sleepy Hollow fan.
On this fortnight’s episode of Nerd & Tie, we return after three weeks to mourn the loss of Satoru Iwata, get super confused by the upcoming Sleepy Hollow/Bones crossover, consider the ramifications of The Lone Gunmen’s return in The X-Files revival, acknowledge that San Diego Comic Con is totally a thing that happened, and note Jurassic Park 5‘s inevitability.
Also, there’s some Ant Man in the mailbag.
And if you watch the video version of the podcast, you get to watch the insanity that occurs when Trae’s computer freezes while we’re trying to stop recording the show.
If you’ve ever thought to yourself “What is the weirdest TV crossover I can think of,” you might have come up with something that is actually going to happen: Dramedy crime procedural Bones is crossing over with apocalyptic modern fantasy series Sleepy Hollow.
EW is reporting the two shows have a crossover planned which will air late in the 2015-2016 season. Sleepy Hollow and Bones are going to air on the same night starting this fall (Thursdays), so at least the scheduling of the crossover will make sense.
Y’know, unlike the entire friggin’ idea.
While Sleepy Hollow has some light banter between the leads, to think that everything happening in Bones exists in the same realm as the Headless Horseman and the world almost ending is… just weird. On the upside, it means that one time Booth saw the ghost of his dead friend who helped save his life it might not have been a brain tumor hallucination…
I really was convinced this show was going to get the axe this year, but it looks like FOX is willing to give Sleepy Hollow a third season. The news hit yesterday, but who will be the new showrunner (since the old one quit) is still up in the air.
In all likelihood what saved the series came down to demographics and future resale value of the series. A genre show like Sleepy Hollow is an easy sell for future syndication, and the breakdown of fans is very similar to a certain other urban fantasy series which has done quite well over the years. *cough*Supernatural*cough*
In truth though, a lot of the Season 2 retooling didn’t really work though, so hopefully whoever takes over the series returns us to the style of Season 1.
Sleepy Hollow showrunner Mark Hoffman has apparently quit the series after accepting a two year deal with CBS Studios. Is this a bad sign for season 3?
While the show’s first season did exceptionally well, the second season’s ratings have faltered. The series attempted to “course correct” partway into season 2, ending the major arc of the first season and shifting to a lighter, more episodic tone — but it didn’t really stem the ratings bleed. The show, right now, is very much on the bubble – and losing its showrunner is most definitely not a good sign for fans.
Of course, I don’t know if the show’s cancellation would be the worst thing in the world. While the leads have fantastic chemistry, the show rushed its main arc, and then ended the season with an even more out of character face-heel turn than Morgana on Merlin.
I’ll tune into Season 3 if it happens, but not with the enthusiasm that I used to.
In this fortnight’s episode we talk about Disney’s new television show with horrible implications, Ant Man finally getting a lead actor, Scott Lobdell being a douchecanoe – and our best and worst picks for 2013.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about the new genre shows hitting the airwaves this fall. Sleepy Hollow, Agents of SHIELD, Almost Human, Dracula (yes, they’re actually making a Dracula series), Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and The Tomorrow People all get put under the microscope!
But not The Originals.
Because we have standards.
Bryan “Arcemise” Novak is sitting in for Pher this episode, so don’t adjust your ears. If you have adjustable ears that is.