American Idol on ABC a “Tough One” For Fox, But Felt It’s “Extremely Fraudulent” to Bring it Back so Soon


American Idol made the big jump from Fox to ABC a year after its farewell season and Fox boss Dana Walden had plenty to say about the surprising revival.

In a conference call with press, Walden and Gary Newman addressed Fox’s new fall schedule, the future of some MIA shows, including Scream Queens, and tackled the reality juggernaut in the room: American Idol‘s revival and big move.

“It’s obviously a tough one for us. We love American Idol…Yes, it feels bad knowing its coming back on another network,” Walden said.

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

According to Walden, Fox and Idol producer Freemantle sat down a month or two after the show wrapped up and discussed plans to bring it back. Walden eyeballed 2020 for the big Idol reboot on Fox, but Freemantle, well, “they were determined to get the show back on the air as soon as possible.”

“It felt to us, sitting in those initial meetings, that it would be extremely fraudulent to bring the show back that quickly…that our fans would not appreciate being told one thing and then bringing it back right away,” Walden said about Fox’s big farewell…

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