Idol to return next year?

After a 15-year run on Fox, American Idol went off the air in April last year.
After a 15-year run on Fox, American Idol went off the air in April last year. PHOTO: MICHAEL BECKE

WASHINGTON • ABC has reportedly struck a deal to air a revival of the beloved singing competition American Idol.

Variety reported last Friday that Core Media Group and FreemantleMedia, the production companies behind Idol, have settled on a "framework for an agreement" to put the show back on the air, possibly on Sunday nights.

There is no confirmation on who will host the show or serve as its celebrity judges.

Several reports said that Ryan Seacrest is still in consideration to serve as the show's emcee, although last week he was named Kelly Ripa's new co-host on Live!.

That show is taped in New York, where he is reportedly relocating. American Idol has always been filmed in Los Angeles.

After a 15-year run on Fox, American Idol went off the air in April last year. The show produced stars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, as well as a string of musicians who continue to tour and produce records.

It premiered as a summer show, but became a ratings giant by its second season, attracting more than 38 million viewers for that season's finale.

By its 14th season, those numbers had dropped dramatically, with just more than eight million viewers tuning in for the season finale on May 13, 2013.

One Idol icon not likely to be part of the revival is Simon Cowell, who is the executive producer and a judge on America's Got Talent, which airs on NBC.

The new Idol is said to be slated for a March 2018 debut.

WASHINGTON POST

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