I have bad news.
Both the Fall run of X-Factor 2 and the Spring run of American Idol 12 are set for 2-hour performance shows on Wednesdays and 1-hour results shows on Thursdays.
I’m sorry. I thought that FOX would learn from the plodding pace of the late-season 2-hour live shows (and the complete waste of airtime that is the 1-hour results show) that it might be time to find other programming that has the potential to sell advertising.
Because that’s why we have the bloated shows – FOX is making so much more on ads in X-Factor and Idol than they can on anything else (except the NFL) that the network simply can’t afford to cut the shows back.
I wonder if another WGWG winning Idol 11 (I am ignoring the pundits and looking forward to P2’s inevitable VFTW-fueled victory) and the currently-unknown eventual WGWG who wins X-Factor 2 (as the bored housewives and the tweens are sure to invade, just as they invaded season 2 of The Voice), will change the equation by the time we get to Idol 12.
And it’s not just FOX. NBC is committing egregious acts of overkill, too. They blew up the fun (and under-the-radar) Sing Off a-cappella group show in order to give The Voice two runs next season – then realized that their contracts don’t call for the coaches to do both series, leaving them scrambling to find a new panel of coaches for the Spring run (currently not announced, but I wouldn’t complain if they got Ben Folds and Sara Bareilles to participate). The Voice 3 and The Voice 4 will run Mondays for 2 hours and Tuesdays for 1 hour (damn, THAT sounds familiar) starting in September.
I am 100% certain of this: at least one of these shows won’t be back in 2013-14. Let’s see which one the American public gives up on first.