‘American Idol’ Revival Poised to Move Forward during ABC

There appears to be a hero in a multiple-network foe for American Idol.

ABC has emerged as a approaching home for a reconstruction of a existence foe series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Sources counsel that a understanding is not in place yet, and ABC and producers FremantleMedia and Core Media Group all declined comment.

ABC emerged as a frontrunner to land Idol earlier this week, yet Fox — a show’s home for 15 seasons — was pronounced to still be in a mix. NBC, that also put in an offer for a uncover progressing this year, was out of a bidding. Sources note that, while ABC does not have a sealed deal, a Disney-owned network has determined a “framework for a deal” for a show. A grave proclamation is approaching to come during a network’s May 16 upfront display to ad buyers.

Should a Idol deal close, it’s misleading which, if any, judges will lapse or if Ryan Seacrest — who recently relocated to New York to co-host ABC’s Live — would continue on with a existence hit.

Few in existence thought American Idol was left for good when Fox close it down after 15 seasons in 2016, yet a promote lapse this shortly seemed unlikely. Still, Fremantle has been assertive in perplexing to find a new home for a once-global franchise.

The lapse of American Idol back on a Big Four is a bit of a head-scratcher. It was a bombard of a former self when it finally wrapped up, averaging a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 11 million viewers in a final season. Those numbers, that embody time-shifting, are indeed flattering good by many standards — yet not by a ones a uncover was hold adult against. American Idol came with an implausible cost tab for Fox, that had to compensate astronomical salaries to talent — many particularly to Seacrest and decider Jennifer Lopez.

Show creator Simon Fuller has never been bashful about his enterprise to place American Idol elsewhere. As shortly as a uncover ended, a inclusive writer was already articulate about how it would approaching demeanour opposite when it eventually returned. “There are loads of ideas being shared, and I’m low in suspicion about how we can evolve Idol,” he told THR last year. “We debuted during a really commencement of a digital world. So a subsequent era of Idol will be a lot some-more interactive, a lot some-more immersive.”

Seacrest was also optimistic when he spoke with THR in 2016. “I only don’t see a universe where Idol doesn’t resurface,” he said. “We demeanour during formats. We try to emanate shows. It’s tough to trust that authorization doesn’t resurface in some capacity, in some form, soon.”

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