American Idol' plans 30-minute results shows: What to cut, what to keep?

Fox announced its 2010-2011 lineup yesterday, and the big news for the Idoloonie Nation is the network's plan to trim down American Idol's bloated results-show telecasts to lean, mean, 30-minute ordeals next season. (The network also said it planned 90-minute performance shows, though I suspect those are subject to expand and/or contract based on the number of contestants remaining during any given episode.)

Back to those truncated results, though, my cynical side isn't getting too excited. Fox announced a similar plan at upfronts a couple years ago, but failed to keep its promise when Idol returned to the airwaves the following year. And to be fair, when it comes to the ever-changing world of TV scheduling, a promise is only as good as one's development slate. So if Raising Hope - which will kick off the Wednesday lineup at 8 p.m., followed by Idol at 8:30, and Glee at 9 - doesn't catch on with viewers, don't expect Fox brass to keep it alive (and stick with scaled-back elimination episodes) on account of something they said at the upfronts some nine months prior.

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