When Will 'American Idol' Premiere On ABC? The Long Running Show Is Officially Coming Back
Just a year after the series finale aired on Fox, one of the longest running singing competition shows on TV is coming back. On Tuesday morning, it became official: American Idol is returning at ABC after the network made an offer on the show last week. The announcement came on Good Morning America, and although the specifics of what viewers can expect have yet to be hammered out, it's exciting news for anyone who's already missing the former TV staple. So when will American Idol premiere on ABC? It sounds like its return is slated for the 2017/2018 season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Sherwood, the president of Disney-ABC, said in a statement:
“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.”
So far, there's no word on whether the show's original judges and host Ryan Seacrest will be returning yet, but it's still early. And knowing how iconic American Idol became during its 15 season run on Fox, anything is possible.
As THR pointed out, ABC's upfront presentation is quickly approaching on May 16, which means more details are likely on the way — and soon. It's too early to tell how much the network's revival will look like the prior incarnation of American Idol, but the show's original production company, Fremantle Media Group, is staying involved.
Fremantle's CEO told THR:
"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."
Fingers crossed that, despite his new gig on Live With Kelly & Ryan, Seacrest is planning to return, too. Idol just wouldn't be the same without him!