American Idol, the music reality TV show which ended on a record-breaking note is back after ABC got the rights, ending speculation on if the show would ever return for the coming season.
ABC announced its formal acquisition of American Idol early Tuesday morning, ahead of the coming days’ renewals and series pick-ups and next week’s 2017-18 season scheduling announcements.
“American Idol on ABC…that has a nice ring to it,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC. “Idol is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.”
Details on the what the ABC Idol will look like is uncertain at this time. Its revival news comes with no on-camera talent attached, but that will likely change rather quickly. Idol questions will be the most pressing on May 16, when the network speaks with reporters and Madison Avenue buyers at its annual upfront presentation.
However, the show will continue to be produced by Fremantle Media North America and CORE’s 19 Entertainment. The only executive producers named at this time are Fremantle Media North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin.