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'Sleepy Hollow' gets renewed; '24' goes to London
In this get-two-birds-with-one-stone post, Fox has just renewed "Sleepy Hollow" — which yours truly liked — for a second season, becoming fall's first newcomer to get a reorder. And "24" is going to London. More on that below . . .
"Hollow's renewal for 13 episodes (the first season is also for 13) would appear validation of Fox's short-run series strategy, of which "The Following" would be considered a part of. It's a cable strategy, too, based on the idea that a short-run series is not only cheaper, but concentrates the storytelling, which, theoretically, makes it more compelling for viewers. "Hollow" has done particularly well with DVR playbacks and video-on-demand, with the series' premiere alone getting a total of 22 million views. Meanwhile, each of the first three episodes have scored over a 3 rating in the relevant younger demo. Also good.
And "24: Live Another Day," arriving next spring, will be filmed in its entirety in the UK. Here are three quotes that lay out what the idea is all about:
“ ‘24’ has always had such a global sensibility,” said Kiefer Sutherland, who also serves as an executive producer on the event series. “But to be able to tell this intense ‘24’-style story with the beauty of Europe’s history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating. Hopefully, by the time you’re finished watching an episode, you’ll feel like you’ve been there . . . on the edge of your seat.”
Co-showrunner and executive producer Evan Katz added, “We wanted the show’s return to be an event, and part of that was putting Jack in a very different context. Four years ago, we left Jack a fugitive from justice and we’re going to pick him up four years later in London.”
Co-showrunner and executive producer Manny Coto continued, “Jack is soon back on the run and it takes us into the streets of London and in places that break new ground for the show. We’ve shot in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Cape Town — but now we’re in London and Jack’s loose on the streets of Europe, hunted by and hunting bad guys.”