Is Sleepy Hollow canceled? We wondered that ever since we heard the news earlier today about Rosewood, and it’s now official.
According to Deadline, Fox has made the decision to pull the plug on the supernatural series starring Tom Mison after a low-rated fourth season. Going into this one, it appeared already that the show was on very thin ice. Original series star Nicole Beharie had departed, which left Mison in a position where he would be surrounded by a group of largely new cast members. Ichabod Crane left for a new city in Washington, where he eventually found a new Witness and took on a series of missions that felt a little bit more political in nature.
Ultimately, the attempt at a reboot didn’t work. The ratings instead dropped, and despite the show being profitable just one week ago, clearly Fox thought that it wasn’t worth the trouble anymore. We thought that the Friday timeslot offered it a small sliver of hope that it would stay alive, but clearly the network is interested in cleaning house with many of its Friday shows. We do still think that the bad news for this show could end up being good news for The Exorcist, which has not been formally canceled as of yet — Fox could use more of a genre presence, and this is a franchise with international pull in a way that Sleepy Hollow and Rosewood do not.
As for what could be next at Fox, we anticipate that we’re going to be hearing bad news on Scream Queens soon. Pitch is already canceled, and we feel like beyond these shows and APB, the remainder of the Fox schedule could be safe when it comes to hour-long dramas. 24: Legacy is the biggest question mark now.
Is there a chance that a Sleepy Hollow season 5 will exist somewhere else? It seems unlikely, given that the ratings were not great here, and there’s no incentive for anyone else to put it on the air.