ABC Is Bringing Back American Idol

Variety has reported in an exclusive (see below) that ABC has apparently closed the deal with Fremantle Media to bring back American Idol. In related news, cats and dogs are living together… etc.

Any details are obviously pretty sketchy at this point, but the idea seems to be to bring the show back in March and air it on Sundays. Speculation about the show has been circulating over the last week, which already had people speculating about Ryan Seacrest‘s ability to return to the show. Having just been announced as the new co-host of Live! with Kelly Ripa (or Live!, or whatever the technical name of that show is), it’s unlikely he will be able to maneuver through a schedule that could accommodate¬†both roles.

According to Variety’s report, ABC wasn’t quite so hot for the show earlier in the year, and NBC looked like the most likely network to pick up the show, if anyone did.

Though speculation abounds, and will for quite a while, one of the most notable details is that Simon Cowell won’t be able to return due to his contract with NBC. Of course, having left the show long behind, he may not have had any interest anyway.

The real question is if a real reboot of the show can solve the problems that led to the ever-dwindling ratings of the original. You can bet that first episode is going to deliver some insane ratings, but this is a show that people abandoned in droves. Is anyone going to care if it comes back?

Depending on how the contract works, there’s a lot of room to switch things up, but it seems that the show was moving toward its inevitable destruction for a long time. Viewers obviously leave such things for a lot of reasons, but it seemed as though audiences lost their ability to listen to judges try to endlessly convince them how strong the talent was. Like a kind of publicist’s nightmare effort to avoid an audience that had a chance to ask too many questions, the last two (perhaps even three) seasons of the show felt a lot like being trapped with a cliche of a used car salesman.

You can’t say the contestants are bad, or people will start to wonder why they’re watching a show with bad singers, and why you put them through to this round of the show in the first place.

At any rate, there’s bound to be a ton of news on this horizon here, and a lot of the potential is obviously going to come down to the judges and the host.

So, who should judge at this point? And, does it matter?

Stay tuned.

‘American Idol’: Deal in Place at ABC to Revive Competition Series (EXCLUSIVE)


Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

Must Read

Mad About You Review – The Buchmans Are Back?

The return to old shows, in the sense of actual continuations, is a strange new twist in the catalog, but one that...

The Mandalorian Review – Star Wars Gets Favreaud

As Disney+ hopes for a huge initial push, it is placing a lot of stock in not only Star Wars, but Jon...

The Irishman Review – Another Trip To The Well

One of the elements that keeps fans of Martin Scorsese rooted in his corner is that he seems to always have a...


The Mandalorian Review – Star Wars Gets Favreaud

As Disney+ hopes for a huge initial push, it is placing a lot of stock in not only Star Wars, but Jon...

Lost In Space Review – Family Sci-Fi Is As Tricky As It Was 50 Years Ago

Netflix wants to know if "family adventure" can be upgraded, especially since the genre never managed much in the first place. It looks like it can, but it's a genre that can't expand its demographic very far.

The Astronaut Wives Club Review – ABC Hopes Era Reality Is A Thing

The Astronaut Wives Club has too much going on to rocket out of the gates, but it has the potential to easily rate a 9 or 10 after six episodes. The complexities are legion, and there are more characters than you know what to do with. If it settles down into the spin on pseudo-drama it suggests, it could be a winner.