American Idol will eat up less of Fox’s schedule next season, Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed Monday during a conference call with reporters.
Touting a more new “more streamlined” format, Reilly said the once-mighty singing competition will likely launch with its traditional twice-weekly structure during the audition rounds before transitioning to a “two-hour show on one night” for the remainder of the season.
“We believe [Idol] will be on the air for many years to come,” Reilly continued, adding that there are good indications that all three judges will be back.
Other key takeaways from Fox’s 2014-15 exec conference call:
* Reilly confirmed that Sleepy Hollow’s second season would consist of 18, mostly uninterrupted episodes.
* Glee’s sixth and final season order, originally slated to be 22 episodes, may be trimmed. “We’re going to sit down and talk [to exec producer Ryan Murphy] about how to end the show and how many that is,” he said.
* The ending of limited series Gracepoint will differ from Broadchurch‘s climax (translation: different killer!).
* Reilly said upending Fox’s Animation Domination lineup with live action sitcoms Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Mulaney was about the network “going back to our [Sunday] roots,” a la Married with Children, Malcolm in the Middle and That ‘70s Show.