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American Idol Officially Revived at ABC, Ryan Seacrest Back as Host?

After weeks of rumors, ABC finally made it official Tuesday morning: The network is reviving American Idol next season.

ABC outbid Idol‘s original network Fox to secure the right to revive the franchise, which ended its storied 15-season run in 2016.

“‘American Idol on ABC…that has a nice ring to it,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC in a statement. “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.”

Although the judging panel is expected to undergo an extreme makeover, one familiar face is expected to stay put: Newly-installed Live co-anchor Ryan Seacrest is reportedly being eyed to return as host.

As TVLine’s own Matt Mitovich noted on Twitter last week, the singing competition’s lowest-rated, least-watched season would rank No. 2 on ABC right now (behind The Bachelor in the demo, and trailing DWTS in viewers).

ABC isn’t saying where on its schedule American Idol will live, but speculation has the singing competition landing on Sunday nights. We’ll get a definitive answer next week when the network formally unveils its 2017-18 schedule.

In the meantime, watch Seacrest expertly dodge the Idol question on Live last week…

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67 Comments
  1. Van says:

    No no no no no more of that colassal d-bag.

  2. readenreply says:

    Move it to New York City!

    • Fly the better skies. says:

      Please. It’s not like ABC is hurting for private jets. They’ll probably give him one to make the weekly trip.

      • Piers says:

        He’s in NYC now anyway so he can just stay all week if they move production there. As for judges how about Adam Lambert [theatrical], Babyface [Soul/R&B] and Shania Twain [country]? Dead chuffed that it’s coming back!

        • He'll still fly. says:

          They’re not going to move production there. FremantleMedia has vehemently refused to do it. It’s their call, and it would appear that ABC is ok with that.

          • Braden P. says:

            Seacrest became way too expensive to even be involved. If the network is smart enough not to start-out in the red, they will get a stage personality for a million bucks instead of paying Seacrest 20 million, and put some money toward finding and supporting contestants .

      • Billy Bob Johnson says:

        When they announced him for Live, he said he would fly to NYC on Sunday night, then fly back to LA on Friday after the show. It’s probably why ABC is looking at Sunday night at 8:00 (5:00 PDT) for the show, especially the live nights. He’d finish up at 6:30-ish and have plenty of time to fly back to NYC.

        • ninergrl6 says:

          I don’t know about “plenty of time.” He’d arrive in NYC at like 3 am and have to be on the air with Kelly 6 hrs later. It’s do-able but not easy.

  3. Eurydice says:

    Elton John Week! Motown Week! Songs from the Year You Were Born!!! Maybe they’ll freshen it up with “Favorite Disney Princess Songs!”

  4. Lori says:

    Good grief just let the show die!

  5. Yoko says:

    Bad move ABC. This is just not needed….pushing more people to Netflix, Hulu….hope it’s a flop.

    • Bartleby says:

      I don’t understand people coming on here to bash their decision and scream about the show coming back. If you don’t want to watch it, don’t. If enough people feel the same way, they will get bad ratings and it will go away. Let them make their own business decisions just like you can make your own viewing decisions.

  6. z says:

    Interesting. I love Idol. I just hope they go back to basics and focus on the contestants and the talent

  7. Maggie says:

    Why are they bringing that awful show back? Can’t these networks come up with anything original anymore. That show needs to stay buried!

    • Dysturbed says:

      After decades of “new” things, originality that will actually attract an audience isn’t realistically going to be as easy to come by as many of us would like, though it does of course successfully happen from time to time.

  8. Lola says:

    Why did tptb even cancel it if they were going to revive it on 2.0 seconds? It wasn’t even gone long enough to be missed. This was not needed. It goes to show the desperation of ABC.

  9. Stang129 says:

    How desperate for ABC! The body isn’t even cold yet.

  10. Elaine says:

    Writers, directors, producers and networks don’t seem to have an original thought in their heads anymore. All they want to do is resurrect the work of talented people preceding them. Why watch a reboot when at least 5 cable stations carry the originals. They don’t even seem to catch on that it was the actors of those original shows that made those shows hits. Until there are new shows with originality, I’ll watch ME TV. Those shows are classics and still as good as they were when they were made

  11. Mary says:

    I would have waited at least another year before bringing it back but hopefully they will revamp it a little and make it about the contestants instead of judges. I hope Ryan is available because I do think he is the best at hosting live TV. If they move it to Sunday and want it out in LA they could always get a guest host for Monday for the duration, or move it to NYC as a change of pace.

  12. Maria says:

    Most of the winners on Idol (with a few exceptions) don’t go on to have huge music careers. Especially lately. Caleb…Candice…Nick…Do we hear much from them?
    If I had any musical talent (and I don’t, sadly) I don’t think I’d want to audition for Idol.

    • Cas says:

      This can be said about any reality singing show. However, those few exceptions are huge stars so maybe that is why the revival is wanted?

    • Piers says:

      The Voice has yet to produce a single “star” let alone a superstar. Idol gave us Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Katharine McPhee.

      • Amber says:

        Most of those people you listed are from more than 10 years ago. So low ratings + no actual star making = why is this show coming back again? The same could be said of the voice, too. I wish these singing shows would stay in the 2000s were they belong and a network would be brave enough to try to find the next big thing.

        • Piers says:

          Singing contests date back to radio days with Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour which launched Frank Sinatra. Then came Arthur Godfrey’s TV show and so on. Talent contests are an American broadcasting tradition. I’m happy for that tradition to continue. Besides, it exposes young people to actual music rather than the muck of rap and hip hop.

        • Nick says:

          Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez have done well for themselves. Maybe not everyone goes on to become huge stars but plenty have been able to live their dream and make a living doing what they love.

  13. Jim J. says:

    Despte millions of people having gotten tired of “American Idol”, “American Idol” always finds a way to come back to the airwaves somehow. Potential fiasco in the making?

  14. chadcronin says:

    I am glad it’s back as it didn’t seem like it ended when it should. I’m glad it’s on another network as FOX canceled it so they should not get it again. ABC wants Ryan to host so I imagine they will do everything they can to make it happen so it should work out. As you can see even Kelly wants him back. At this point if he’s not it would appear as a failure on ABC’s part as they control the situation full now. Ryan is needed as a staple. Otherwise it may come across as a knock off show. It’s also why getting former contestants like Kelly Clarkson would help us connect the shows. ABC obviously failed with the Dirty Dancing movie so they should know you can’t just get new people and slap the same name on it. They need to go back the the roots. Ryan as host, good singers as judges and make the show organic again. Great stories and seeing a journey. Idol near the end started getting rid of the middle area and the voice controls way too much til the top 10. If a show doesn’t build properly then you don’t care and too often favorites are gone before you get to vote. Plus I miss cute guys. The Voice kicks them all off.

  15. iHeart says:

    goodbye Once.

  16. Shib Neddeff says:

    WHY bring back a BAD show..only shows worst are bachelor and bacheloret and the voice etc…

  17. Max says:

    Seacrest in? I’m out.

  18. Judiwb says:

    It ended for a reason. Leave it be

  19. Ray says:

    That’s 2 to 3 hours a week less I’ll be watching ABC, regardless of who’s hosting.

  20. maregolden says:

    For me, Idol died when Simon Cowell left.

  21. Jeanna says:

    I’m glad it’s back. It was fun to watch. Ryan Seacrest is a must. Now if they can bring Simon back, too, they will have a winner.

  22. Claire says:

    Good, now put OUAT out of its misery.

  23. Hamish says:

    So when can we expect to see new editions of Reality Check with Michael and Melinda??? ;-)

  24. Brandon says:

    Haters gonna hate. I’M PUMPED. Where you at, Michael Slezak?

  25. Xiao says:

    So so stupid
    and is this really necessary?
    this is why broadcast television is kinda ..(bad word).
    spend money on making better stuff.

  26. Mikaela says:

    No. God, why? Let it die.

  27. MLO says:

    Good gawd, why bring this crap show back. It was finished at least three years before it got cancelled.

    • Braden P. says:

      The last 2 years, Fox lost big money on the show, because too many celb’s and the host were milking the show for mega-millons while ratings went down more and more

  28. Terry says:

    Too soon

  29. susan Slater says:

    YESSSSSSS! I’m in!

  30. David Hess says:

    ATTENTION EVERYONE!!! If you don’t want to watch it, don’t! Complaining about it is NOT going to change ABC’s mind. Remember MONEY is the biggest reason, and even as it’s ratings dipped, profits were still massive. It’s coming back! Besides, this also allows ABC to not pick up as many dramas and avoid another fiasco like “Time After Time”.

  31. Karen says:

    The best thing about it coming back would be Michael Slezak’s recaps, videos (with Melinda) and interviews.

  32. steve says:

    not American idol without seacrest.

  33. Sheniqua says:

    Ayyyyyyy
    Yaaaaassss americanidol
    Good to get u back

  34. Wooster182 says:

    The only reason I’m excited about this is if Slezak and Melinda come back for Reality Check.

  35. Debra says:

    Ryan you are an idol!!!
    Give TheVoice a run for their money. Can’t wait till you announce the Judges.

  36. abz says:

    The only good thing that could come out of this would be if they can bring back Reality a check with Michael Slezak (did he leave TVLine?) and Melinda Doolittle. I stopped watching AI around season 7′ but would always watch those two and clips on YouTube.

  37. ninergrl6 says:

    I love AI and I will watch this unquestionably, but I fear the general public hasn’t had enough time to miss it yet. We’ll see.

  38. Ann says:

    Give me a break ABC fires people for budget cuts and now you retread old shows, how much money you spending on this show ABC?

  39. Gailer says:

    Yes! I want Idol back! But please no bad judges! Keith, Harry, Jlo, Steven stay away!