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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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