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International production company FremantleMedia is reportedly in talks with NBC to reboot American Idol. According to Variety, FremantleMedia has pitched the network a revival of the iconic reality competition a year after ...
February 10, 2017

International production company FremantleMedia is reportedly in talks with NBC to reboot American Idol.

According to Variety, FremantleMedia has pitched the network a revival of the iconic reality competition a year after it was cancelled on Fox, with NBC now contemplating how to integrate the series into its programming line-up.

“Sources emphasize that talks are ongoing, and no deal is yet in place,” Variety reports.

Realscreen contacted both NBC and FremantleMedia for independent verification of the story, but, so far, representatives say they have no comment.

American Idol aired on Fox from 2002-2016, with FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment producing the program. During its run, the show was a springboard for launching the career of many recording artists, and the format was adadpted  by countries around the world. At the top of its game, the American version of the show garnered monster ratings, ranking number-one with adults 18-49 for seven consecutive seasons.

The farewell season premiered in January 2016 and wrapped up April 7 with singer Trent Harmon declared the final winner.

NBC currently airs the singing competition show The Voice , which will be bowing its 12th season in the coming weeks.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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