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    ‘American Idol’ Revived on ABC for 2017-18 Season

    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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    Re: ‘American Idol’ Eyes Revival

    Now they are talking to ABC... is it just a coincidence that Ryan Seascrest now works for them on Live With Kelly?

    ‘American Idol’: ABC In Talks For A Reboot

    by Nellie Andreeva
    May 4, 2017 3:55pm

    The behind-the-scenes drama of trying to mount an American Idol revival deserves its own reality series. ABC is now in negotiations with FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group about bringing back the long-running singing competition for a new season.

    Idol’s original network, Fox, also had been in on-and-off conversations about the proposed reboot. It is unclear if they are still ongoing but ABC is considered the likely new Idol home. That is of course if the hurdles that tripped previous attempts to mount an Idol redo can be overcome and a deal can be made. I hear things look promising, with sources indicating that ABC may be close to an agreement. An announcement could be made as soon as the upcoming May upfronts.

    Idol producers FMNA and CMG 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 for 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. Next, there were on-and-off conversations with ABC. NBC then engaged in negotiations with the production companies about reviving Idol, and Fox soon jumped back into the fray. Now it’s ABC again, and in the lead. (ABC’s renewed involvement was first reported by TMZ.)

    NBC holds two major pieces of the Idol legacy — it has deals with original Idol judge Simon Cowell and one of the judges from Idol’s final seasons, Jennifer Lopez.

    Meanwhile, ABC has in the extended corporate family Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who just was named co-host and executive producer of the syndicated Live & Kelly & Ryan, produced by WABC-TV and distributed by Disney/ABC. I hear Seacrest, who is now based in New York, has not been formally approached yet about possible involvement in the proposed Idol revival. He is currently focused on Live and his daily radio show though he has expressed publicly his affection for the TV show that made him a star, so he would likely be open to it, sources say.

    ABC has tried unsuccessfully to launch a music competition series with such shows as Duets and Rising Star.
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    Re: ‘American Idol’ Eyes Revival

    This sounds more official -- looks like we may be moving this forum out of the basement soon...

    ‘American Idol’: Deal in Place at ABC to Revive Competition Series (EXCLUSIVE)

    Daniel Holloway
    Senior TV Reporter
    May 5, 2017 | 03:03PM PT

    ABC has a deal in place with FremantleMedia and Core Media Group to revive “American Idol.”

    The broadcast network and the production company have settled on a framework for an agreement to bring back the long-running singing-competition series. According to sources, the Alphabet is eyeing a March premiere for the show, which would potentially air on Sunday nights, where ABC has struggled in recent seasons against NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and programming on Fox and CBS that benefits from a strong NFL lead-in. The Alphabet is the only broadcaster of the Big Four that does not have an NFL package.

    Yet to be decided is whether or how longtime host Ryan Seacrest could return to the franchise. Seacrest this week was announced as the new co-host of ABC syndicated morning program “Live!” with Kelly Ripa. He is relocating to New York for the role — a move that presents a substantial obstacle to a return as host of “Idol,” which has always filmed in Los Angeles.

    ABC, which has yet to close the deal, had passed on “Idol” after hearing a pitch for it earlier this year. At that time, as Variety reported exclusively, NBC had emerged as the lead network to pick up a revival being shopped by FremantleMedia, which has insisted on a minimum 25-hour order from any broadcast partner.

    But the Peacock backed away from a deal, concerned that “Idol” could negatively impact singing competition series “The Voice,” and turned off by a high asking price from the producer. The ABC deal would preclude the involvement of original judge Simon Cowell, who was rumored to be a possibility to rejoin the show at NBC, where he produces “America’s Got Talent” and has an exclusive agreement.

    One potential name that has been floated to join the revived series is that of Kelly Clarkson, the singer who won the first season of “Idol” and went on to achieve pop-star status with hits such as “Since U Been Gone.”

    ABC, which works with FremantleMedia on “Celebrity Family Feud” and “Match Game,” took another look at “Idol” last month while mapping out contingency plans for a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America. Broadcast and cable networks in the weeks leading up to the strike devoted a significant amount of time and energy to exploring what unscripted programming could be greenlit or expanded in the event of a strike.

    To land the show, ABC had to outbid Fox, which moved aggressively in recent weeks to bring the series back to its air. “Idol” ran on Fox for 15 seasons beginning in 2002. For eight consecutive seasons, beginning in 2003-04, it was the highest-rated show on television. At its peak in 2006, “American Idol” averaged a 12.4 rating among in the 18-49 demographic and 36.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers.

    Ratings began to decline steeply in the show’s later years, to the point that Fox decided that it no longer represented a worthwhile financial or scheduling commitment. (The series aired two nights a week, typically beginning in midseason.) The final season in 2016 averaged a 2.2 and 9.1 million viewers. Those numbers were far diminished from what the show drew in its heyday, but they remain respectable by contemporary standards, with delayed viewing and increased competition applying downward pressure on live ratings across television.

    ABC is expected to announce the return of “Idol” next week at its upfront presentation in New York.
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    Wow! and Huh? Lots to work out.
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    Re: ‘American Idol’ Revived on ABC for 2017-18 Season

    It's official. But I wouldn't expect news on judges or a host for a while.

    ‘American Idol’ Return Set On ABC For 2017-2018 Season

    by Nellie Andreeva
    May 9, 2017 4:40am

    The saga of getting American Idol back on TV is over, with ABC officially closing a deal for a revival of the singing competition series. The network just announced that American Idol will return for the 2017-2018 season, after the series ended its 15-season run on Fox in April 2016. A host and judges will be announced at a later time.

    Promising a “bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol,” Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney|ABC, mused, “American Idol on ABC… that has a nice ring to it. 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

    Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment, added, “American Idol is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon. ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”

    Idol producers FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group and creator Simon Fuller started talking about a new installment even before the series had wrapped its final season in April 2016. There were feelers sent out last summer, and Fox, which had a first negotiation right, was pitched. I hear the producers back then offered the same format for 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. Next, there were on-and-off conversations with ABC. NBC then engaged in negotiations with the production companies about reviving Idol, and Fox soon jumped back into the fray. Then recently, in the run-up to a potential writers strike, ABC engaged FMNA and CMG. The two sides were near the finish line when Fox came back with a serious offer but the deal ultimately closed at ABC.

    ABC has in the extended corporate family Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who just was named co-host and executive producer of the syndicated Live With Kelly & Ryan, produced by WABC-TV and distributed by Disney/ABC. We hear Seacrest, who is now based in New York, had not been part of the Idol negotiations and had not been formally approached yet about possible involvement in the proposed Idol revival before the deal was made. He is currently focused on Live and his daily radio show, but has expressed publicly his affection for the TV show that made him a star, so he would likely be open to it if scheduling permits.

    ABC has tried unsuccessfully to launch a music competition series with a number of shows, including Duets and Rising Star.
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    Re: ‘American Idol’ Revived on ABC for 2017-18 Season

    I am jazzed about the show coming back. THIS is American Idol.

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    Re: ‘American Idol’ Revived on ABC for 2017-18 Season

    YAAAAY!!!!! I LOVE American Idol and can't wait for the new season!!!


    PS And it wouldn't be the same without Ryan as the host!!!
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