American Idol was originally scheduled to cut back to 90 minute performance episodes on April 4 to make way for I Hate My Teenaged Daughter. The half hour sitcom is fairing so poorly in it’s current Tuesday night slot, that FOX has decided to push the series out to the summer (it will likely be cancelled shortly due to poor ratings).
Now, Idol will air 2 hour Wednesday episodes of American Idol throughout the month of April. How they are going to fill up 120 minutes worth of show as the number of contestants dwindle is something I don’t want to contemplate at the moment. Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are probably devising new ways to torture us with filler as we speak.
I remember the old days…maybe Season 7 and prior–the episodes would cut back to 90 minutes at Top 9 or 10. At Top 8 or so, they would cut back to an hour. During Season 5–Idol’s most popular season ratings wise–there were hour-long performance shows and 30 minute results. THINK ABOUT THAT FOX.