ABC Reshuffles the American Idol Schedule Amid Coronavirus concerns
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, American Idol is left with only two episodes in the can with production shut down. As a result, ABC is reshuffling the singing show’s schedule.
American Idol Ditches Monday Shows
The remaining two pre-taped episodes, which feature the Top 40 in Hawaii, will air on Sunday March 29 and and Sunday April 5, reports Variety.
“Regarding ‘American Idol’ live shows,” ABC announced, “We are monitoring the situation and exploring multiple options within statewide guidelines. We will share a production plan as soon as it’s in place.”
Now, ABC will air a rerun of Celebrity Family Feud on Monday March 30 at 8 p.m. ET followed by a special edition of “20/20” about the coronavirus and then the season finale of The Good Doctor.
On Monday April 6, ABC will run more re-runs of Celebrity Family Feud, the primetime special Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and the ABC News special Secrets and Surprises.
ABC adds two clip shows to the American Idol Schedule
The following week, special episodes of American Idol will air on both Sunday April 12 and Sunday April 19 titled American Idol: This Is Me, which are said to explore the lives of the top 20 contestants this season with previously unaired footage and performance highlights.
ABC made a smart decision. Generally, American Idol earns higher ratings on Sunday, when it’s not competing against The Voice. The schedule change also extends the season another week. Generally, I don’t consider clip shows must see, but I’ll take what I can get! Also, not having to cover two shows on the same night is awesome, just for my own blogging sanity.
I’ll update our official American Idol 2020 schedule HERE.
I sincerely hope EVERYONE is staying safe, it’s all that matters at the present moment. But at the same time, I hope the reality competitions that have had their seasons interrupted will eventually be able to resume taping at some point.