ABC is reviving American Idol on its network this fall

Lawrence Kim
May 19, 2017

There was no word about if the show will be returning Ryan Seacrest as host, or keep the same judges from the last season, the New York Times noted.

According to THR, "Idol" producers have been eager to place the show elsewhere after Fox made a decision to end its run after 15 seasons.

You barely had time to miss it, but "American Idol" is coming back to TV.

"'American Idol' is a pop culture staple that left the air too soon", Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. ABC said Tuesday it will revive "American Idol" after it has spent only one year off the air. "We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realising their dreams". The network appears to be building up its stable of singing shows: in March, it announced plans to debut another new music competition show called Boy Band. Throughout its 15 seasons, the singing competition helped launch the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, as well as other well-known country names such as Scotty McCreery and Kellie Pickler.

For a blast from Disney's past relationship with American Idol, take a look at this video of victor Scotty McCreery singing and doing a Q&A at Hollywood Studios.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the network outbid NBC and Fox for the rights.

ABC also highlighted the Disney connection in announcing it had the show. However, Seacrest could be on-board if the reboot airs on Sunday and Monday evening. Seacrest recently became the new co-host of Live with Kelly.

"American Idol", once an unstoppable ratings juggernaut, ran for 15 seasons on Fox.

If the show remains in Los Angeles, as expected, Seacrest would have to jet back and forth each week during live Idol episodes.

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