The swan song of “American Idol” and heavy doses of comedy and sci-fi will mark Fox’s 2015-16 season.
The once-blockbuster singing contest, which launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, has seen its audience dwindle and age. “Idol” will return next year for its 15th and final season with returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., Fox said.
Ten new series will debut next season on Fox, including the comedy-horror series “Scream Queens” from “Glee” producer Ryan Murphy and with veteran scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis in the cast.
New dramas will include “Minority Report,” based on Steven Spielberg’s futuristic film, and “The Frankenstein Code,” about a resurrected former lawman.
There will be four new comedies, a comedy-horror anthology, four dramas and the return of “The X-Files,” which Fox is billing as a sixepisode “event series.” Five of the shows will debut in the fall, with the rest scattered throughout the season as Fox and other networks attempt to engage viewers year-round.
“ The Mindy Project,” along with fellow comedies “Weird Loners” and “Mulaney,” were canceled. Also gone are the dramas “Backstrom,” ‘’Red Band Society” and “The Following,” and the reality series “Utopia.”