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Fox Boss Confirms Once-a-Week American Idol Next Season, Hints at Reduced Glee Order

American Idol 2015American 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.

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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.

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* 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.

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