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“American Idol” finds a new home with ABC

American Idol has found a new home on ABC. The network has closed an agreement with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, to revive the ...
May 9, 2017

American Idol has found a new home on ABC.

The network has closed an agreement with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, to revive the series for its 2017/2018 season.

“‘American Idol on ABC…that has a nice ring to it,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC, in a statement. “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 andThe Bachelor. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.”

ABC’s Good Morning America made the announcement Tuesday morning, although details surrounding the reboot are still sparse. Good Morning America‘s Amy Robach noted the show’s host and judges will be unveiled at a later date.

Last week, longtime Idol host Ryan Seacrest was announced as the new co-host of ABC’s Live With Kelly.

Rumors of Idol‘s revival have been circulating for months.

“All of the intense ‎speculation surrounding the comeback of American Idol demonstrates just how popular and powerful this brand remains,” said Peter Hurwitz, CEO of Core Media Group, in a statement.

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 adapted  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.

Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, says American Idol “left the air too soon” and ABC is “the right home to reignite the fan base.”

The Idol format has taken on original versions in 55 countries around the world, and American Idol itself has played to a worldwide audience of over 460 million across 53 countries.

American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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