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Fox TV offers seven new series for next season, clipping and reformatting American Idol

Wilde Almost by definition, new network TV schedules are exercises in wishful thinking.

But the slate of shows unveiled by the Fox network may take such hopefulness to outlandish extremes, with a single, bold move:

Cutting back on American Idol.

According to the lineup released by Fox officials this morning, Idol's Tuesday performance show will be cut back to 90 minutes and the Wednesday results show will air for just a half-hour.

The move seems a tacit acknowlegment of Idol's decline this year and presents a significant challenge for a program which regularly overruns larger timeslots this season.

"We've heard consistently from audiences they would like more performances and tighter results shows and that's what we're going to do," said fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly in a conference call with reporters today.

The other big question Fox executives face next season: Who will replace departing judge Simon Cowell?

Angrysimon "There's no bigger question for the summer that we're going to have," said Fox entertainment chairman Peter Rice, noting that the show will push back auditions to September. "We have to find a judge...who provides both music credibility and an incredible entertainment value...The wonderful thing about theshow is we get a new cast every year."

Fox also revealed seven new shows for the 2010-11 season, with three debuting this fall -- close to half the number competitor NBC revealed Sunday. In a jarring bit of cross-promotion, pop culture magnet Glee will air following the Super Bowl on Feb. 6, returning for new episodes an hour earlier at 8 p.m. in the spring.

(All you gleeks who complained about missing numbers on the show because Idol ran long, this is your reward. Let's hope the earlier timeslot doesn't hobble the show)

Terra_Nova_Backplate_5_13 Other series include a family comedy from My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia (Raising Hope), a comedy starring Will Arnett and Keri Russell co-created by Arnett and the executive producer of Arrested Development (Running Wilde, above), a midseason drama from Steven Spielberg and producers of Lost and Star Trek about a family which travels back to the prehistoric age to save earth (Terra Nova), a drama set in the world of Texas oil (Lonestar) and a cop drama from the creator of The Shield (Ride-Along).

Reilly also took a bit of a swipe at his former employer, NBC, by noting that complimenting a network for an "aggressive" schedule debuting six or seven new shows misses the fact that they won't be able to promote each show enough to draw viewers.

"In this day and age, no network can afford to spend enough money to support those kinds of shows," he said. "Tentpole movies spend on average how much -- $75-million to create awareness. No network is spending that much on any given night."

And, as a telling finale, fox executives were  bit flummoxed by a question from Ebony senior writer/editor Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, a former St. Pete Times reporter, who asked about diversity at the network behind the cameras.

Let the games begin.

Here's a promotional clip from Ride-Along

Lonestar FOX FALL 2010 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE


(All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM    HOUSE  
9:00-10:00 PM   LONESTAR (new)



TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM    GLEE
9:00-9:30 PM    RAISING HOPE (new)
9:30-10:00 PM   RUNNING WILDE (new)



WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM    LIE TO ME      
9:00-10:00 PM   HELL’S KITCHEN         



THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM    BONES  
9:00-10:00 PM   FRINGE         



FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM    HUMAN TARGET
9:00-10:00 PM   THE GOOD GUYS



SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM    COPS   
8:30-9:00 PM    COPS   
9:00-10:00 PM   AMERICA’S MOST WANTED  



SUNDAY
7:00-8:00 PM    THE OT (NFL post-game) 
8:00-8:30 PM    THE SIMPSONS   
8:30-9:00 PM    THE CLEVELAND SHOW     
9:00-9:30 PM    FAMILY GUY     
9:30-10:00 PM   AMERICAN DAD           



FOX MIDSEASON 2011 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

(All Times ET/PT)



Ride-along MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM    HOUSE  
9:00-10:00 PM   LONESTAR (new) / RIDE-ALONG (new)              

TUESDAY
8:00-9:30 PM    AMERICAN IDOL Performance Show
9:30-10:00 PM   RUNNING WILDE (new) / MIXED SIGNALS (new; spring)



WEDNESDAY
8:00-8:30 PM    RAISING HOPE (new)             
8:30-9:00 PM    AMERICAN IDOL Results Show
9:00-10:00 PM   GLEE   



THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM    BONES
9:00-10:00 PM   FRINGE



FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM    HUMAN TARGET
9:00-10:00 PM   KITCHEN NIGHTMARES             



Bobsburgers SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM    COPS   
8:30-9:00 PM    COPS   
9:00-10:00 PM   AMERICA’S MOST WANTED  



SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 PM    THE SIMPSONS (encores)
7:30-8:00 PM    AMERICAN DAD
8:00-8:30 PM    THE SIMPSONS   
8:30-9:00 PM    BOB’S BURGERS (new)
9:00-9:30 PM    FAMILY GUY     
9:30-10:00 PM   THE CLEVELAND SHOW

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:08pm]

    

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