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Fox slams ‘American Idol’ return as show gets revived on ABC

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“American Idol” is coming to ABC after 15 seasons of Fox.

Fox’s head honchos clearly aren’t singing the praises of “American Idol” being revived so quickly after its farewell season.

The network’s TV chairman Dana Walden slammed production company FremantleMedia for bringing back “Idol” and selling it to ABC just one year after Fox heavily invested in a marketing campaign for the show’s final season, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“They were determined to get this show back on the air as quickly as possible,” Walden told reporters during a conference call Monday, according to EW. “We spent about $25 million sending a clear message that it was the farewell season. It felt to us it would be extremely fraudulent to bring the show back quickly, that fans would not appreciate being told one thing and then having the show brought back right away.”

Walden confirmed that Fox did indeed place an offer to bring the reality singing competition back to its airwaves — where it was broadcast for 15 seasons — but ABC ultimately won the bidding war.

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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.”

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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…

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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.

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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.

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