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    ‘American Idol’ Eyes Revival On NBC

    That didn't take long...but nothing is finalized, it's still in the early discussion stage...

    ‘American Idol’ Eyes Revival On NBC

    by Nellie Andreeva
    February 9, 2017 10:21am

    Too soon? Less than a year after American Idol ended its 15-season run on Fox, the singing reality series is eyeing a comeback on a different network, NBC.

    Idol producer FreemantleMedia North America and creator Simon Fuller started pitching a new installment even before the series had wrapped its final season in April. There were feelers sent out last summer, and Fox, which had a first negotiation right, was pitched. I hear the producers offered the same format of the show at the high price point at the end of its run, making it a tough proposition for the network, which felt it was too soon to bring Idol back without significant reinvention. On and off conversations with ABC didn’t go anywhere, and more recently, the production company engaged in talks with NBC for reviving Idol.

    There is no deal in place, and conversations — first reported by Variety — are underway, but sources indicate there is a real possibility for a new season of Idol to launch on NBC next season, bringing the three biggest talent competition series of the past decade — Idol, The Voice and America’s Got Talent — under one roof.

    NBC has a major deal with original Idol judge and AGT creator, executive producer and judge Simon Cowell, which would help get him on the show where he became a breakout star and one of Idol‘s biggest draws.

    Adding Idol also would give NBC the option to go down from two to one installment of The Voice per season — something that the producers had been looking for in order to prolong the show’s life and stem ratings erosion and possible fatigue — with a different talent competition on the network in fall, spring and summer.

    Still, Idol comes with baggage. A ratings uptick in the final stretch notwithstanding, the series was on a decline for the second half of its run to a point where the ratings were hard to justify the big production costs. Getting Idol at a reasonable price is likely to be a key point for NBC in the negotiations — and possibly taking a stake in the series as NBC has been pushing for ownership of its reality shows with the launch of its alternative production studio.

    “Thank you for bringing the show back in 2018,” Fuller quipped at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in September, addressing his comment to Fox TV Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden. “We can’t wait to make it.”

    Fox had said it was not interested in bringing Idol back so quickly. At TCA in January, Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman told Deadline that the network felt it was too soon to think about an Idol revival because of an obligation to the fans who were asked to tune in for the last season last year because it was a goodbye.

    Still, Fuller might have been half-right. “See you in 2018!” he told the audience as he left the Creative Emmys stage. He may have been off on the network but right on the timing.
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    Re: ‘American Idol’ Eyes Revival On NBC

    This warrants a HUH? and a WOW!
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    Re: ‘American Idol’ Eyes Revival On NBC

    I think most Idol fans would be thrilled by a revival, even though they announced last season, it was the end.
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    Re: ‘American Idol’ Eyes Revival On NBC

    There have been some bumps in the road, and things aren't looking good at the moment:

    American Idol Reboot Might Not Be Happening in 2018 After All

    by Amanda Bell | Apr 2, 2017 11:09 AM EDT

    Well, that was quick. Just a few months after American Idol concluded its 15th season in 2016, there was already talk of a reboot with NBC. The network was reportedly considering picking up the former Fox competition show in order to trim The Voice down to just one season a year while still offering year-round competition show entertainment. But according to TMZ, the deal might be off.

    The site reports that, while the peacock network wanted to bring Idol back as early as next year, the co-owners of the show, Fremantle and Core, couldn't agree on whether to accept NBC's offer. Freemantle also owns America's Got Talent, so there was reportedly a difference of opinion between the two owners as to which show would get prime treatment by NBC. While Freemantle was in favor of the deal, Core was wary of the push and pull, the site reports, and that clash has shut down negotiations with the network altogether.

    The news that American Idol might be revived just two years after its initial ending wasn't exactly surprising, given the comments that had been attached to its final run. For example, host Ryan Seacrest closed out its April 7, 2016 series finale episode by saying, "Good night, America... for now." And creator Simon Fuller has long maintained that, even as the curtains drew on Season 15 and seemingly the show itself, it wasn't the last we'd seen of American Idol.

    So, it's hard to know whether this delay in American Idol revival is a full-on roadblock or a temporary speed bump. But one way or the other, it doesn't look like it'll be gracing the screens in 2018.
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