‘American Idol’ is getting reduced, ‘Glee’ might be getting an episode cut and ‘Gotham’ is getting more episodes than expected, FOX Chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed during a Monday conference call to TVRage and reporters.
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First up, ‘American Idol.’ Reilly revealed the reality show will have a new “format” and will most likely end up being a “two-hour show on one night” next season. He noted ‘Idol’ will likely launch with the normal twice-weekly structure during the audition rounds, but then will transition to airing one episode a week for the rest of the season. This means, rather than its previous 50 hours, we will now receive 37 hours. Despite cutting back on ‘Idol,’ Reilly believes the singing competition will be on “for years to come.”
Up next, ‘Gotham.’ Previously, it was announced that ‘Gotham’ would air at least 13 episodes for its first season, but per Reilly, the network's granted the Batman prequel 16 episodes. He also noted, there is "no set standard" for series orders. Also, when comparing ‘Gotham’ to 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s struggles, Reilly isn’t worried, thanks to the prequel being based on actual characters.
Here are a few other tidbits Reilly opened up about during the call:
-For ‘Broadchurch’ fans, ‘Gracepoint’ will have a new twist and ending.
-The second season of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ will consist of 18 episodes and will most likely air consecutively.
-‘Glee’s sixth and final season order (originally 22 episodes), might get trimmed. “We’re going to sit down and talk [to executive producer Ryan Murphy] about how to end the show and how many that is,” Reilly noted.
-With ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and ‘Mulaney’ airing on Sunday, during FOX’s traditional Sunday Animation Domination lineup, Reilly said the network is “going back to our [Sunday] night roots,” meaning the days when it once aired ‘Married With Children,’ ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ and ‘That ‘70s Show.’