Back in February we reported that NBC was “emerging” as a possible home for a rebooted “American Idol,” but after those talks fell through ABC now wants in on the action. TMZ has reported that the alphabet network is even interested in re-launching “American Idol” for a March 2018 premiere date. “Sources at ABC and Fremantle — the company that produces the show — tell TMZ the network contacted Fremantle last week and made the bid,” the gossip site says about the network bidding war for the reality TV juggernaut. “Idol” originally aired on Fox from 2002 to 2016.
News of an “American Idol” return first occurred during its April 2016 series finale telecast, when Seacrest closed out the final show by saying, “Good night, America … for now.” Then, “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller added fuel to the fire when he said “See you in 2018” at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. ABC’s proposed March 2018 return would fall in line with exactly what Fuller hinted at the Emmy podium.
If the show does return in one form or another, whether on ABC, NBC or our personal choice Fox, rumor has it that in order to secure old host Ryan Seacrest, the show will need to move from Los Angeles to New York to accommodate his new permanent morning gig hosting ‘Live’ alongside Kelly Ripa. But since that is unlikely to happen, might we see a new host for “American Idol”?
“American Idol” had a pitchy history at the Emmys throughout its 15-year run, winning only eight victories from its 67 nominations. Seacrest was recognized as Best Reality Host seven times, losing to Jeff Probst (“Survivor”) in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) in 2012, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) in 2013 and RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) in 2016.