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The site adds Idol is considering switching to once-weekly episodes (previous seasons included two or three episodes each week) and noted that auditions will probably be consolidated to Disney World and Disney Land instead of various cities across the country. ABC is a Disney-owned network and confirmed the news early Tuesday morning.
"American Idol is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon ... ABC shares our belief in the enduring value of "Idol" and will provide us with the flawless new home to showcase the gold standard of singing competition shows", said Core Media Group CEO Peter Hurwitz.
"Idol" was still pulling solid ratings for FOX last season (although far from the dominant numbers it once did), averaging a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and about 9.3 million viewers the night it aired.
Sherwood's statement also paves the way for a very different American Idol with the revival.
As for whether or not Ryan Seacrest returns as host, he danced around the subject while on his new gig of Live! with Kelly and Ryan. The show will be scheduled sometime during the 2017-2018 television season, possibly on Sunday nights.
The folks at ABC are thrilled to have "American Idol" on board their line up and promised that its return will be bigger, bolder and better than ever.
But former host Ryan Seacrest is already a member of the ABC family.
American Idol initially began airing all the way back in June of 2002 with the first season that was won by one of the show's most successful contestants, Kelly Clarkson. "They said, 'Yeah it may actually come here, '" Seacrest said recounting the phone call.
While Clarkson's staying tight-lipped for now, Kelly has admitted in the past that she'd be open to joining the judging panel but joked that she thinks people are "over" the format.
American Idol is officially coming back to the small screen. "I say "yes" and bow to you". We hear Seacrest, who is now based in NY, 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.