FOX has apologized for extending American Idol 6‘s finale nine minutes past its scheduled conclusion, which caused DVR users to miss the show’s results. The statement said:
“We’re sorry that DVR users may have missed the conclusion of the American Idol broadcast. It was always our intention to bring the show in on time, but just as with any live sports, variety, awards or entertainment event, there is no way to absolutely guarantee that the show will end exactly on the hour. Fox and the producers apologize to those viewers who were inconvenienced.”
That’s nice, but saying they had “no way to absolutely guarantee” it would end on time isn’t a very strong testimonial to their competence as producers. If the show’s producers ended up producing the Emmys instead of backing out, the show might have ended three days later, because that type of live show has many more variables.
Let’s also not forget that last night’s finale wasn’t exactly some unpredictable sporting event, but was planned and tightly choreographed. Plus, had they just eliminated that pointless act of cruelty with the bush baby, everything would have come in right on time.
That said, overrunning the scheduled time has happened before: “Last season’s finale ran over by four minutes, and the previous two also went over,” The Los Angeles Times reports.