American Idol 2020 Shuffles Schedule Amid Coronavirus Production Halt


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.

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“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.

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  1. This new schedule seems a good one. Not sure when Katy is due but this open ended schedule gives the virus time to pass, a baby born and some normalcy to our Lives, including television entertainment. It’s a challenging time for all.

  2. I really hope we get all (or more!) of our live shows at some point. This cast seems so good, and the live shows are the best part. I was so excited that we got a longer season this year, but oh well. This is the world we live in right now.

  3. Meh, so disappointing. I was enjoying it on both nights but that’s how it has to be now and I’m bummed it will possibly be over soon and no live shows anytime soon.

  4. I guess any hope that she will stay at home to care for the new kid instead of returning to Idol is futile.

  5. It’s a bummer we have to wait longer but I am actually excited for the “This is Me” episodes. The Voice really spits their contestants in and out, you could probably show me a random person and tell me they were in The Voice and I’d believe you. What I like about AI is that we get to know the contestants more and now with these two “This is Me” episodes, we will REALLY get to know them. AI really gives these contestants an opportunity to build their fan base and I am all for that.

  6. Does anyone think they might have to replace Katy when it comes to the live shows? Shes almost going to be due

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