American Idol results shows cut to 30 minutes (again, for the third time)

American Idol 13 has already made major changes and baffling changes, but there’s another change coming that has been long overdue: the reduction of the padded, filler-filled, redundant, unnecessarily drawn out results show to 30 minutes.

That news came in Fox’s spring schedule, which said that new sitcom “Surviving Jack is set to air on Thursdays (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) for eight weeks, following American Idol (8:00-8:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) results shows.” It’s not clear yet when that sitcom will debut and the results will begin, but the season premiere episodes of Idol will be two hours long, with the second week episodes–likely more auditions–also one hour long.

Of course, if Surviving Jack is cancelled, the easy fix would be to once again extend the results shows to an hour. The show is based on Shit My Dad Says author Justin Halpern’s book I Suck at Girls and stars Christopher Meloni; Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence executive produces.

It’s worth remembering that Fox has promised 30-minute results shows more than once, most recently in 2010 for season 10.

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