Last season of 'American Idol' set for Fox's 2015-16 lineup

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American Idol Coming to an End After Season 15


NEW YORK (AP) - 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 Monday.

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.

Fox and the other broadcast networks are unveiling their plans to advertisers in New York this week to lure them to spend on their programs.

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Last season of 'American Idol' set for Fox's 2015-16 lineup
From left, judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. participate in FOX's "American Idol XIII" panel at the FOX Winter TCA Press Tour, on Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Langham Huntington, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for FOX/AP Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Contestant Clark Beckham performs onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 3 Revealed on May 6, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: (L-R) Contestants Rayvon Owen, Clark Beckham and Jax onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 3 Revealed on May 6, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
Jax arrives at the "American Idol XIV" finalists party at The District by Hannah An on Wednesday, Mar. 11th in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Clark Beckham arrives at the "American Idol XIV" finalists party at The District by Hannah An on Wednesday, Mar. 11th in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: (L-R) Musician Keith Urban, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and musician Harry Connick Jr. arrive at Fox TV's 'American Idol XIV' finalist party at The District on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 29: (L-R) Top 5 contestants Jax, Nick Fradiani, Clark Beckham, Tyanna Jones and Rayvon Owen onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 4 Revealed on April 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: (L-R) Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 3 Revealed on May 6, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - MAY 01: 'American Idol' finalist Jax performs at her homecoming on May 1, 2015 on May 1, 2015 in East Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
GUILFORD, CT - MAY 01: 'American Idol' finalist Nick Fradiani performs at his homecoming on May 1, 2015 in Guilford, Connecticut. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - MAY 01: Rayvon Adams visits Henrico High School during his American Idol homecoming visit on May 1, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 11: (L-R) Top 12 contestants Daniel Seavey, Nick Fradiani, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Clark Beckham, Maddie Walker, Jax, Qaasim Middleton, Adanna Duru, Quentin Alexander, Joey Cook, Rayvon Owen and Tyanna Jones onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 12 Revealed on March 11, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Contestant Nick Fradiani performs onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 3 Revealed on May 6, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
Tyanna Jones arrives at the "American Idol XIV" finalists party at The District by Hannah An on Wednesday, Mar. 11th in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Joey Cook arrives at the "American Idol XIV" finalists party at The District by Hannah An on Wednesday, Mar. 11th in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Judge Keith Urban onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 3 Revealed on May 6, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
The final 12 (back row, l-r), Quentin Alexander, Maddie Walker, Adanna Duru, Clark Beckham, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Joey Cook and Tyanna Jones, (front row, l-r) Nick Fradiani, Jax, Daniel Speavey and Rayvon Owen arrive at the "American Idol XIV" finalists party at The District by Hannah An on Wednesday, Mar. 11th in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Maddie Walker arrives at the "American Idol XIV" finalists party at The District by Hannah An on Wednesday, Mar. 11th in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sarina-Joi Crowe arrives at the "American Idol XIV" finalists party at The District by Hannah An on Wednesday, Mar. 11th in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Harry Connick Jr. attends FOX's "American Idol XIII" finalists party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on February 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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WHAT'S NEW

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 six-episode "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.

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WHAT'S GONE

"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."

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WHAT'S BIG

The last chorus of "American Idol" will begin in January, with stalwart host Ryan Seacrest ushering the show to a (hopefully) graceful conclusion after a long and influential run that, at its peak, drew 30 million viewers.

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PROVEN PLAYERS

Ryan Murphy, who gave Fox a hit with "Glee," is getting another chance with "Scream Queens." Writer-producer Chris Carter, who created a landmark Fox series with "The X-Files" (1993-2002), will reunite with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson to try to recapture the magic with a sequel starting in January.

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SO EERIE

"The X-Files" will have company in the sci-fi and fantasy camp. Futuristic "Minority Report," based on the Steven Spielberg movie, will follow a duo trying to stop crimes before they happen, while DC Comics-inspired "Lucifer" reimagines the fallen angel as a crime buster and "The Frankenstein Code" is about a resurrected lawman.

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LIVE

It worked for NBC with "The Sound of Music," not so much with "Peter Pan," but that isn't deterring the peacock network from planning a live "The Wiz" or Fox from airing "Grease: Live," a three-hour version of the musical. Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens will star in the January special. With broadcasters desperate to keep viewers watching shows and commercials in real time, expect more such efforts.

COMEDY CAVALCADE

Fox is upping the ante by creating a Tuesday comedy night this fall with three of its new comedies: "Grandfathered," starring John Stamos; "The Grinder" with Rob Lowe and Fred Savage; and "Scream Queens." The new year will bring another sitcom, "The Guide to Surviving Life," and the animated comedy "Bordertown" from Seth MacFarlane and Mark Hentemann of "Family Guy."

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STAR POWER

Although the small-screen is said to create stars, there's no reason they can't be recycled. Besides Lowe, Stamos, Savage, Duchovny and Anderson, returning actors with a track record include the (barely absent) Lea Michele of "Glee," back in "Scream Queens"; Morris Chestnut ("Nurse Jackie") in "Rosewood"; and Rob Kazinsky ("True Blood") in "The Frankenstein Code."

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