It’s about time. I mean, wasn’t American Idol dragging things out a bit too long? I could easily see it being cut in half. Not cut entirely, of course, because I do still love it all these years later. But sometimes it just felt like they were stretching the episodes out just for the sake of stretching.
According to Entertainment Weekly magazine , Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly says the show is being streamlined.
“Next year, the format will be different. There will be less hours, around 37 hours,” Reilly said of the show that usually aired more than 50 hours every season.
That means 13 fewer hours to watch.
“I think it will be a two-night format initially during the audition phase and will quite likely end up as a two-hour show on one night for most of its run.”
That sounds like a solid plan to me because, let’s face it, those audition shows are worthy of the longest episodes.
Some may look at this streamlined approach as a last-ditch effort to save the series. I look at it as more of a housecleaning undertaking. You don’t have to sell your house, but it could always use a good spring purge.
“Idol is not going to come back to be the ratings champion it once was,” Reilly admitted. “It’s not about turning it around. It’s about making it a good show for many years.”
According to EW, the reality show fell to series-low ratings this season with approximately 12.3 million viewers and a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49 for its Wednesday night episodes.
It’s unclear whether or not Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will return to the judges table.