February 9, 2017


'American Idol' Reboot May Already Be Close

Ray Mickshaw/ FOX
Ray Mickshaw/ FOX

Is an American Idol reboot seriously in our near future? Ten months after ending on Fox, the franchise is reportedly in talks with NBC for a comeback. Variety has sources saying the home of The Voice has received a pitch and "is now mulling options for how to integrate the show into its programming slate." 

"Sources emphasize that talks are ongoing, and no deal is yet in place," the magazine writes, adding that NBC is "the leading candidate" but that American Idol has been shopped around to various networks. They also note that Idol reboot talk began a year ago, before the series even concluded; Ryan Seacrest alluded to a continuation at the Television Critics Association press tour. 

The report also speculates that Idol coming to NBC could result in Adam LevineBlake SheltonGwen Stefani & Co.'s singing competition—which has been on since 2011 and included lots more superstar hosts—may start running just one season a year rather than two. There's also the fact that NBC has America's Got Talent and the upcoming Jennifer Lopez–produced World of Dance, another entertainers-duke-it-out series.

American Idol Season 15 wrapped the series with J.Lo, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. in the judges' chairs.

Next, watch Idol winner Kris Allen share his feelings about AI "ending":