ABC is bring “American Idol” back in 2018, just two years after it ended a 15-season run on Fox. It had been thought that Ryan Seacrest would not be returning as he just took a gig hosting “Live” with Kelly Ripa in New York City. Show producer Fremantle rejected the idea of shifting “Idol” from LA to New York. However, TMZ is reporting that he could be on-board if the reboot airs on Sunday and Monday evening.
It would mean a lot of transcontinental trips for Seacrest. On Thursday, after pre-taping Friday’s “Live,” he would jet west and rehearse “Idol” over the weekend before doing it live on Sunday evening. Then he would wing his way back to New York in the wee hours of Monday, do “Live” that morning before doing the jaunt back to LA for the results show Monday night. Another red-eye would get him back to Gotham in time for Tuesday’s “Live.”
Seacrest has made no secret of his desire to be part of any relaunch of the show that launched his career. On the series finale in April 2016, he signed off by saying, “Good night, America … for now.” Show creator Simon Fuller presaged this return when he said said “See you in 2018” at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Should Seacrest return, the TV academy may well reward him with that elusive Emmy for Best Reality Host. He lost that race seven times for the original show. First he was bested by Jeff Probst (“Survivor”) for four years running beginning in 2008, then 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.