ABC outbid Idol's former network, Fox, for the revival, Variety reported.
"'American Idol' is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon", ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
"American Idol" is making a comeback after a almost two-year break but it will be moving to its new home in ABC. "We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realising their dreams".
Changes could be on the way. A host and judges will be announced at a later date. The worst-rated seasons of American Idol would rank second on ABC, behind (depending on the measurement) The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars. One of the biggest issues that American Idol had was that it became very insular, and often didn't acknowledge that there were other ways to find stardom.
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Considering all that, it seems unlikely ABC will have the show on the air before spring.
"American Idol", the reality show that launched the career of Carrie Underwood, is back from the dead.
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Just days after it was confirmed that the talent show will be returning to TV on ABC after leaving Fox past year, sources are now alleging that season 1 victor Kelly is in high-demand to join the judging panel. "I had said at the end of the series, "Goodbye for now" - hoping somewhere it would come back", he admitted.
When American Idol came to an end past year, fans had a sneaking suspicion that it wasn't the last we would see of the hit show.
ABC said Tuesday it will revive "American Idol" after it has spent only one year off the air. "Now the question is... is Ryan Seacrest returning?!?!"