What Sleepy Hollow Could’ve Been

Yesterday, I read that Sleepy Hollow was canceled. Like a lot of people, I was excited when this show first came out. I loved the concept and the characters.

Then it got kind of old and played out.

And then they killed off Abbie Mills.

Seriously? She was one of the two main characters.


The show has killed off characters, added new characters, etc, and yet, they could never quite recover the initial spark that made the show popular in the first place. I have a theory on why.


Too many episodes.


Any story, any TV show, is going to get old and stale if you try to drag it out too long. Our culture has a very short attention span, less than that of a goldfish.


Let’s look at the number of episodes per season for Sleepy Hollow.


Season 1: 13

Season 2: 18

Season 3: 18

Season 4: 13


Keeping up with that and everything else I want to watch could seriously be a part-time job.


My suggestion to the TV network people is shorter seasons. Seriously, a short season or a mini-series is an event. I make an effort to tune in for stuff I perceive as special.


18 episodes is not an event. It’s a freakin’ marathon.


Imagine if Sleepy Hollow scheduled their season during September-October and only made like 8 episodes. The story would be less diluted because they didn’t have to stretch the thing out over 18 episodes. Because of the span of time between seasons and the scarcity of episodes, more people might even get excited when it finally returns.


Not only that, shorter seasons would mean more open time slots at the network, which makes room for, I don’t know, new shows? More room for experimentation. More chances to find the next big hit.


So, yeah, I’m sad Sleepy Hollow was canceled. I did like it. Was I able to keep up with it? Honestly, no.