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Sleepy Hollow Season 3 to Return to More 'Fun' Original Formula

Sleepy Hollow Season 3

Fox’s Sleepy Hollow will be a bit more fun, a little less dark and dense, as it aims to get back on track in Season 3.

With a new showrunner, The Glades‘ Clifton Campbell, in place, and cocreators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci still in the mix, “What we asked for [in Season 3] was a bit of a return to the storytelling model of the first season — a bit more of the fun instead of such a deep mythology that got a little bit dense” during the show’s sophomore run, Fox CEO Dana Walden told TVLine Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.

As part of that — and despite the addition of two new series regulars, Shannyn Sossamon and Nikki Reed (playing Pandora and Betsy Ross)– Walden also confirmed a restoration of the focus on the show’s core characters, Abbie and Ichabod and Jenny.

“We’re still proud of the episodes of last season,” Walden added. “But our observation was that a lot of the show had moved into the fantastical world, where it used to be a show that was weighted very evenly between Abbie in the real world and Ichabod in the fantastical. We’re trying to shift it back to a more even-handed storytelling engine.”

Earlier at the TCA press tour, Walden had confirmed that Sleepy Hollow — as well as sophomore dramas Gotham and Empire — would break their seasons “into two installments” of “virtually uninterrupted” episodes “that won’t challenge our audience to figure out when we’re in originals.”

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