/// Fox Trims American Idol Results Show
Fox is putting American Idol on a diet, and that (indirectly) spells good news for the network’s Tuesday night lineup. As expected (Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly in May told Adweek that he was considering just such a move ), the one-hour American Idol results show is getting trimmed to a half-hour—at least for an eight-week stretch in the spring. Leading out of the truncated Thursday night edition in the 8:30 p.m. time slot is the new comedy Surviving Jack . Starring Chris Meloni as a gruff suburban dad who takes little in the way of guff from his goofball teenage son, Jack will premiere toward the tail end of the season. Chopping the results show in half is a not-inconsiderable sacrifice, as the one-hour version boasted one of the highest unit costs on TV. According to media buyers, a 30-second spot on Thursday night’s show went for approximately $275,000 in the upfront. Idol previously has been used to launch the comedies Breaking In, The Loop and Life on a Stick . Idol returns for its 13th season on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 16. Beginning the following Thursday, the one-hour results show will lead into the new Greg Kinnear legal drama, Rake . (Any similarities between Kinnear's compulsive gambler/womanizer and the Vicodin-gobbling bitter pill Dr. Gregory House are intentional; as Reilly said before the Fox upfront, the network is “still the home of the Great American Asshole Protagonist.”) Fox is giving Rake the benefit of a huge lead-in, slating a special premiere immediately following its coverage of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 19. With Surviving Jack plugging the Thursday night hole and the upcoming military comedy Enlisted set to bow Friday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m., the Tuesday night comedy block is likely to remain intact.
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Fox Trims American Idol Results Show