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“American Idol” is coming back – does that mean even more Ryan Seacrest?

It’s officially happening: After going dark in 2016 on Fox, “American Idol” will be back on your television sets.

The singing competition show that once reigned as ratings king will air on ABC for the 2017-2018 season, the network announced Tuesday, following rumors of its return that surfaced last week.

“‘American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement.

It’s not clear who will serve as host or on the panel of judges. ABC said an announcement would come later, but one name is obviously swirling about: Ryan Seacrest.

The former “Idol” host has a jam-packed work schedule these days, including a new gig he started this month: serving as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ABC’s “Live,” the second-most watched daytime TV show. On Monday, Ripa asked Seacrest on air about the reports that “Idol” would return.

“I said at the end of the series, ‘Goodbye for now,’ hoping it would come back,” Seacrest told her. “It was rumored to be going to other networks. I had no idea that it was being talked about to come here until late last week. I saw some rumor in the news, so I made a phone call, and they said, ‘Yeah it may actually end up here,’ and I said, ‘That’d be good to know, since I work here.”

But, he added, “I don’t know if I can host,” given the preparation he has to do every night to be ready for “Live.” Ripa cut him off — “Yes, you can!” — and said that the morning after “Idol” shows, ” you won’t even have to think, I will do it all!”

Seacrest had been based in Los Angeles, but announced he’d move to New York City for the “Live” job and continue his other commitments…

Kelly Clarkson Eyed By ABC to Become ‘American Idol’ Judge

Kelly Clarkson is shaping up to be ABC’s first choice for judge on “American Idol” — she’s already clearing her schedule to start filming for auditions … TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … ABC has expressed “serious interest’ in Clarkson, who won Season 1 of the OG show.

On Kelly’s side, we’re told she’s not only interested, but people on her team are already looking to clear…

It’s Official: American Idol Coming Is Back, ABC Confirms


American Idol is officially coming back to television next season.

After weeks of rumors and a fierce bidding war, ABC confirmed on Tuesday morning it was rebooting the popular singing competition series — besting NBC and Fox for the show, which aired for 15 seasons on Fox from 2002 to 2016.

The news came on the network’s morning show Good Morning America. Co-anchor Amy Robach said a host, judges and premiere date for the show would be announced at a later date.

Idol fans no doubt hope Ryan Seacrest will return as host. He himself revealed on Monday’s Live with Kelly & Ryan that he and the network hadn’t “gotten that far” yet.

“I had said at the end of the series, ‘Goodbye for now,’ hoping somewhere it would come back,” he explained.

“I had no idea it was being talked about to come here until late last week I heard a rumor in the news and made a phone call, and they said, ‘Yeah, it may actually end up here.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s kind of good to know…

‘American Idol’: ABC Confirms Plan to Revive Talent Competition Series

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The broadcaster revealed Tuesday morning on “Good Morning America” that it has given a greenlight to a 16th season of the long-running music competition. The series order ends not only a process that saw multiple networks explore bringing the reality franchise to their air, but also a briefer-than-anticipated absence for a show that just a year ago celebrated its “farewell season.”

“GMA” anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos offered few details about the planned revival. They said details such as the show’s host and judging panel were still to be determined, and there’s no word yet about a showrunner.

“America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever ‘Idol,’ ” Disney/ABC TV Group president Ben Sherwood promised.

As rumors of “Idol’s” move to ABC spread, there’s been speculation about whether Ryan Seacrest would be able to return as host. Seacrest earlier this month was named permanent co-host of the “Live with Kelly and Ryan” syndicated morning show, in addition to hosting his daily radio program. “Live” is distributed by Disney, which could make it easier for Seacrest to juggle an obligation to another ABC program.

“ ‘American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, in a statement. “ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”

The new-model “Idol” comes from FremantleMedia North America and Core Media Group’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include FremantleMedia…

ABC reportedly inks deal to bring back ‘American Idol’

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(L-R Front Row) Mentor Scott Borchetta, Host Ryan Seacrest, Judge Keith Urban, Judge Jennifer Lopez, Judge Harry Connick, Jr., Executive Producer Trish Kinane, (L-R Back Row), S14 Winner Nick Fradiani, S10 Runner-Up Lauren Alaina, S10 Scotty McCreery, S8 Winner Kris Allen, S7 Winner David Cook, S6 Winner Jordin Sparks, S2 Winner Ruben Studdard speak onstage during the “American Idol” panel discussion at the FOX portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel on January 15, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

ABC has reportedly struck a deal to air a revival of the beloved singing competition “American Idol.”

Variety reported on Friday that Core Media Group and FreemantleMedia, the production companies behind Idol, have settled on a “framework for an agreement” to put the show back on the air, possibly on…

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

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ABC has a deal in place with producers FremantleMedia and Core Media Group to revive “American Idol.”

The broadcast network and the production companies have settled on a framework for an agreement to bring back the long-running singing-competition series. According to sources, the Alphabet is eyeing a March premiere for the show, which would potentially air on Sunday nights, where ABC has struggled in recent seasons against NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and programming on Fox and CBS that benefits from a strong NFL lead-in. The Alphabet is the only broadcaster of the Big Four that does not have an NFL package.

Yet to be decided is whether or how longtime host Ryan Seacrest could return to the franchise. Seacrest this week was announced as the new co-host of ABC syndicated morning program “Live!” with Kelly Ripa. He is relocating to New York for the role — a move that presents a substantial obstacle to a return as host of “Idol,” which has always filmed in Los Angeles.

ABC, which has yet to close the deal, had passed on “Idol” after hearing a pitch for it earlier this year. At that time, as Variety reported exclusively, NBC had emerged as the lead network to pick up a revival being shopped by FremantleMedia, which has insisted on a minimum 25-hour order from any broadcast partner.

It looks like ‘American Idol’ is returning to ABC in 2018

“American Idol” has been off the air for a little more than a year. If things continue to go the way they’re going now, it will be back on the air in less than another year.

The “framework” of a deal to revive the singing competition on ABC has been worked out, according to Variety. That’s not the same as a deal being completed. But an agreement between the network, producer FremantleMedia North America and Core Media, which owns the “Idol” franchise, looks like it will be in place before ABC announces its 2017-18 schedule on May 16.

A lot of details still need to be ironed out as well, including who will serve as judges and who…

ABC gets close to deal for ‘American Idol’ return

Just one year after singing goodbye on Fox, American Idol could be back on ABC during the 2017-18 TV season.

The network has a “framework” for a deal with Idol producer FremantleMedia, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly. An agreement has not been finalized.

Variety first reported Friday afternoon that ABC and FremantleMedia had laid the groundwork on a deal to revive the one-time ratings juggernaut. The trade publication says the show could get a Sunday time slot and return in March, when it could get a pre-launch promotional boost from the top-rated Oscars.

ABC declined comment on the matter.