AMERICAN IDOL to Resurface on ABC in 2018?

Nick Sanchez
May 7, 2017

American Idol is coming back to television, this time on ABC.

According to Variety reports, Core Media Group and FreemantleMedia, the production companies behind the show, settled on a "framework for agreement" in order to bring "Idol" back to life.

But Fox is putting in an "insane" offer to bring the show back to it's original network, according to TMZ.

One "Idol" icon not likely to be part of the revival is Simon Cowell, who is the executive producer and a judge on "America's Got Talent", which airs on NBC.

Deadline adds that Seacrest will continue to host his morning radio program (local studio ABC7 plans to build a new studio for him), as well as E!'s Live from the Red Carpet and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Both networks are said to be keen on having Seacrest return as host, which will be an uphill challenge as he is committed to hosting Live with Kelly Ripa in NY, which also airs on ABC. If that happens and the show airs on Sunday nights as planned, it effectively means that Seacrest would have to travel out to Los Angeles for the weekend and then fly back overnight to NY after each live show, often getting very little sleep before the start of the next Live! broadcast. Contestants who advanced to the weekly live shows would perform for both the judges and public, while viewers at home determined the fate of the hopefuls dreaming of stardom.

Variety reports that Kelly Clarkson could possibly return to the rebooted show. It was a shell of its former self when it finally wrapped up, averaging a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 11 million viewers in its final season. "Idol" ran on Fox for 15 seasons beginning in 2002.

The show aired on Fox from 2003 to 2016, when it bowed to historically low ratings.

The new "Idol" is said to be slated for a March 2018 debut.

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