Less than two years since viewers said goodbye to “American Idol”, the reality-TV singing competition is coming back.
The network has picked up the rights to “Idol” a week after making an offer on the show, with it officially returning for the 2017-2018 TV season.
The announcement comes as networks are in the process of making official the shows they are renewing and cancelling. Both Fox, the show’s original network, and NBC were interested in reviving the series.
Fox decided to end the series after 15 seasons on the network, but as the reboot trend continues on TV, “Idol” has made its comeback.
“’American Idol’ on ABC…that has a nice ring to it,” Ben Sherwood the co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC, said in a statement. “’Idol’ is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favourites alongside ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘The Bachelor’. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.”
“’American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment, said. ABC, he feels, is the right home for the revival and the network is excited to share more inspiring stories.
Details of the show’s premiere, as well as who the judges and host will be, have not been revealed.