Rumors seem to be true as things are moving fast around the revival of American Idol. Earlier this week, ABC jumped in the bids and seems like a deal is taking place.
The show’s return is expected to be announced during ABC’s upfront presentation on May 16.
It’s happening and it’s happening fast
Back in February reports suggested that Freemantle Media and series creator Simon Fuller were in early talks to bring back the contest at a different network since Fox had passed on it.
NBC previously showed interest in the revival but earlier this week, ABC jumped in negotiations to close a deal for the anticipated revival. Supposedly, ABC has a deal in place to bring back the competition series. The plan is to air the show on Sunday nights starting off in March of 2018.
The Disney affiliate decided to have a look at the competition show as the now canceled Writer’s Guild of America strikes negatively affected their current lineup. This way the network will have a contingency plan and also compete with NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Rumors of the show’s return began last May, almost immediately after the show’s conclusion on Fox. NBC was the early candidate as the network has an exclusive contract with Simon Cowell, who’s the series creator and also the producer of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. However, negotiations fell apart in February.
Reinventing American Idol.
The ABC version wouldn’t see the comeback of Simon Cowell, but it may see the return of host Ryan Seacrest. However, this is yet to be announced as he’s currently co-hosting Live With Kelly Ripa in New York and Idol has always filmed in Los Angeles.
The revival would bring back former Idols as judges considering the several artists that gained fame with the show. Including the first season winner Kelly Clarkson, and Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Clay Aiken.
Idol ran for 15 years and gathered over 40 million viewers. A significant part of the success of Idol came from the judges. The trio that included Rany Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell making the competition series as epic as it was.
Idol would face big competition at ABC with shows like Dancing with the Stars and Shark Tank. And let’s not talk about its direct opponent, The Voice, with the spinning chairs and all kind of extravaganza.
Idols’ revival definitely has to be more interactive and step up the game to make it. Guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Source: Hollywood Reporter