CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the REALLY GOOD FOLKS over at ABC for acquiring the rights to FOX Singing RealiTV Competition AMERICAN IDOL, and; securing a slot for the iconic show to premiere and air during the 2017 - 2018 season on ABC!!!
ABC made the tremendous announcement early Tuesday, May 9, just ahead of series renewals and pick-ups activity that will take place in the coming days, and the 2017 -18 season scheduling that will take place next week.
This is wonderful news for ABC, which takes AMERICAN IDOL after having received interest from both FOX and NBC.
THR reports the producers have been eager to place the show elsewhere after ending their 15 season at FOX. However; it seemed that during the immediate months after it left the air, there was little interest. Heat surrounding a potential revival has only just recently warmed up enough this past February.
DISNEY-ABC President/DISNEY MEDIA Co-Chair BEN SHERWOOD said;
“American Idol on ABC...that has a nice ring to it. Idol is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.”ABC ENTERTAINMENT President CHANNING DUNGEY said;
“American Idol is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon. 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.”FREMANTLE MEDIA GROUP Chief Executive Officer CECILE FROT-CROUTAZ said;
”ABC’s passion and enthusiasm make them a perfect home for American Idol. We are excited to be partnering with them to discover the next generation of talented artists. It’s an irresistible combination that means now is the ideal time to welcome back one of the most successful shows in the history of contemporary television.”CORE MEDIA GROUP Chief Exec. Off. PETER HURWITZ said;
“All of the intense speculation surrounding the comeback of American Idol demonstrates just how popular and powerful this brand remains. ABC shares our belief in the enduring value of Idol and will provide us with the perfect new home to showcase the gold standard of singing competition shows.”AMERICAN IDOL will continue to be produced by FREMANTLE MEDIA NORTH AMERICA and CORE: 19 ENTERTAINMENT.