American Idol paved the way for performance-based reality television for years, and it was truly the end of an era when it came to an end on Fox back in 2016. In recent months, however, there has been talk about bringing the series back to network television. Now, it looks like a reboot really might happen, but not on Fox. American Idol may make its second series premiere on ABC.
According to scoops from sources at ABC and production company Fremantle, ABC made a bid to bring American Idol to the airwaves for a premiere as soon as March 2018. TMZ reports that ABC was interested in bringing back Ryan Seacrest as host, but his new gig as Kelly Ripa's co-host on Live likely rules out the possibility. Live films in New York City, but Fremantle insists that American Idol would need to be produced in Los Angeles.
The overture from ABC actually comes as something of a surprise, as it wasn't so long ago that the networks squabbling for the rights to American Idol were Fox and NBC. Despite giving the ax to the series in 2016, Fox was already interested in a fresh go at the reality series. NBC on the other hand was reportedly looking for a show that could could give The Voice a break as the network's performance-based competition show. The network has been producing two cycles of The Voice per year; landing American Idol could have changed up the lineup and given the Voice crew a break. If the ABC deal moves forward, neither Fox nor NBC will be the future home of American Idol.
I have to wonder who ABC will tap to host the series if it does move forward. Ryan Seacrest was on board at American Idol from the very first season back in 2002. Who knows? Maybe the time has come for Brian Dunkleman to make his return to the spotlight. He was only a presence on Idol for the first season, when he worked as co-host with Seacrest. I'd get a kick out of him coming back because Seacrest was too busy.
We'll have to wait and see what happens next. Nothing seems to be set in stone just yet, but it looks like ABC really does intend to actually make an American Idol reboot happen. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and don't forget to check out our summer TV premiere schedule to discover all your viewing options now and in the coming weeks. Be sure to drop by our rundowns for cable/streaming and broadcast TV renewals and cancellations as well. If streaming is more your style, our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule is the place to be, and our picks for 9 summer TV shows that actually look great are worth a look as well.