American Idol will look a little different when it returns for Season 14, according to Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly.
Acknowledging that Idol is not the ratings juggernaut that it was in its heyday (the performance show has routinely been topped by Survivor this season), Reilly said on a conference call Monday that the reality competition show will get a reduced order when it returns in 2015, going from 50-plus hours of programming to about 37.
Fox has unveiled its new fall schedule, which finds Bones on the move (again!), Glee missing in action and Animation Domination being a little less animated with the introduction of live comedies on Sunday night.
After testing out the waters on pretty much every night of Fox's schedule...
1. How do you solve a problem like Thursday Night Football?
CBS won the bidding war against NBC, ABC and ESPN to broadcast the NFL's Thursday schedule and will begin airing the games September 11 for seven weeks, delaying the launch of the Eye's Thursday lineup. For CEO Les Moonves and CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler, the no-brainer course of action would be to shift monster hit The Big Bang Theory to Mondays during that period to help launch new comedy How I Met Your Dad, then send it back to Thursdays after the Chargers face the Broncos in the final matchup on October 23.
When Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly stood in front of reporters in January and proclaimed the death of pilot season, he drew a good amount of ribbing from the competition.
Reilly was making the case for torching the broadcast primetime model as we know it — starting with the annual tradition of everyone developing everything all at once. It was a grand pronouncement, particularly in an industry that talks big but can rarely turn on a dime. Nonetheless, change is afoot, and Reilly's not the only one flipping the script.
Below you can find Fox's new fall schedule along with a list of pilots the network has picked up to series for the 2014-15 season. Click here for ABC, CBS, NBC and The CW.