It’s Official: ‘American Idol’ Is Coming Back
It's official: American Idol is coming back to TV.
However, the show could look a little different, and it won't be returning to its old home on Fox.
Even though the show just finished its fifteenth and "final" season last April, talks began months ago about bringing it back.
And while Fox was in the running right up until the end — and NBC was believed to be the favorite for weeks — another network ultimately won out as the new home to the reality singing competition.
According to TMZ, ABC finalized their deal with the show's owners, Fremantle and Core, on Friday night, fending off a strong final offer from Fox in the eleventh hour.
All parties involved want Ryan Seacrest to return as host, and it looks like that's going to happen. However, bringing him back doesn't come without challenges.
The 42-year-old was hired last week as Kelly Ripa's new co-host on Live!, meaning he'll be taping that show in New York pretty much every weekday.
Idol films in Los Angeles, though, which means the host will have to make two cross-country trips in as many days while the series is in production.
That's a lot to ask of anyone, but it seems like it could be especially taxing on Ryan, who is also involved in many other projects like TV production and his radio shows, On Air With Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40 — all of which he used to be able to do from L.A.
While we'd love to have Ryan back, we can't help but worry about the toll his insane workload and travel schedule could have on his wellbeing.
While the schedule is not yet official, Variety reports that ABC is looking to premiere the show in March 2018, and will likely air it on Sunday nights.
Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson is rumored to be in the running to be one of the new judges, but one person who won't be is original judge Simon Cowell, due to his exclusive involvement with NBC's America's Got Talent.
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