Despite the coronavirus shutdown, Fox expects The Masked Singer to return this fall. “Should conditions allow for it, we are planning production in early August of Season 4 of The Masked Singer, which we’ll target for a fall debut,” Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch said in an investors earnings call this afternoon. Murdoch added: “Our entertainment schedule in the fall looks incredibly stable thanks to a large amount of our programming already being filmed and edited. The only open question in our fall entertainment schedule is whether we get Masked Singer back into production in time for fall or midseason."
Taped before the coronavirus shutdown, The Masked Singer has really thrived this season: Since the Fox reality competition wrapped up filming Season 3 in February, "it has kept up a schedule of new performances that, with its raucous live crowds, seem to have been zapped in from a distant historical period," says Steven Zeitchik. While other reality competitions like American Idol, The Voice and even America's Got Talent have been affected by the coronavirus shutdown, The Masked Singer "will air all its competition episodes as planned all the way to the season finale on May 20, a fact that could well seem mystifying to viewers who have watched so many of its counterparts disrupted," says Zeitchik. "The show will likely continue to draw high ratings throughout. What makes The Masked Singer’s success even more surprising is its noisy tone runs counter to television’s current trend of intimate, stripped-down and Zoom-like musical performances."