American Idol will premiere its final season on FOX in January, but it will be a shorter season that last. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter revealed in a new report that fans will see four less weeks of the reality competition.
As it stands right now, the last American Idol will be crowned in April. Trish Kinane, president of entertainment programming for FremantleMedia North America, did not confirm the shortened season, but she did speak about the show having less episodes.
“The storytelling works better in [fewer] weeks. Idol was so successful [that the season] got too extended too much. There are only so many hours that viewers will devote to watching these shows, so if it is shorter this year, it will be a good thing.”
The Hollywood Reporter stated in their report that the decision to cut the episode order for the series was made by FOX.
Kinane also spoke about the potential for a revival of American Idol via other outlets like Hulu or Netflix because “everybody knows American Idol.”
For now, FOX viewers can tune in to see the last season of American Idol starting on January 6. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. will take on the panel duties for the last season, and Ryan Seacreast has stayed with the series for one last season.
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