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Of the many reboots and revivals that are heading to the small screen in the not-too-distant future, one of the biggest has to be American Idol on ABC. The show only finished its original run on Fox in 2016, and it's already heading back to TV. A whole new set of judges is on board, although host Ryan Seacrest will be back once more. Now, Seacrest has announced on Live with Kelly and Ryan when we can expect the new season of American Idol to debut. Take a look!
Yes, the reboot of American Idol will premiere on Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Ryan Seacrest went on in the Live with Kelly and Ryan clip to admit that he's glad American Idol films on Sundays in Los Angeles, given that he works Monday through Friday on Live in New York. Live co-host Kelly Ripa seems excited for Seacrest's new project, even going so far as to tease that she'd join him on his cross-country flights. It should be fun to see if Seacrest is a little less polished on his Monday morning appearances in March. He'll have a full slate moving forward.
For a while, it was looking like Ryan Seacrest wouldn't even be a part of the new American Idol, as it was difficult to finalize a deal that would bring him on board. He was finally confirmed back in July, which was great news for fans of his work over the years on American Idol, although it did throw a wrench in my pitch for Brian Dunkleman to get his second chance. Seacrest will evidently bring a bit of Idol back with him to New York, as eliminated contestants will reportedly be interviewed by Seacrest and Kelly Ripa on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
The American Idol team in front of the camera will be quite star-studded. The trio of judges are pretty big names to be joining Ryan Seacrest. Katy Perry was the first judge to be announced, and it was reported early on that she landed a $25 million dollar deal for the gig. That $25 million represented a huge chunk of the talent budget allotted for the series, and a big question remained of who ABC could land as the other two judges.
Back in early October, we learned that Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan would be the second and third new American Idol judges. Given that auditions for Idol were set to begin later that month, it seems that the deals with Richie and Bryan were concluded just in time. We'll have to wait and see how this new crew of judges works with Ryan Seacrest compared to past judging trios.