American Idol revival: Ryan Seacrest key cog behind ABC decision

AMERICAN IDOL to Resurface on ABC in 2018

Will Ryan Seacrest host possible “American Idol” reboot?

There's also a logical issue for Seacrest: Live With Kelly is a New York-based show, while American Idol was traditionally filmed in Los Angeles when it wasn't going across the country in the early auditions.

But Fox is putting in an "insane" offer to bring the show back to it's original network, according to TMZ.

ABC reportedly bought the show and has hopes that former host Ryan Seacrest, 42, will return. The question is, will legendary judges Simon Cowell or Ryan Seacrest come back as well? Seacrest was named co-host of the morning chat show, ending a yearlong search for a marquee name as Michael Strahan's successor.

Variety exclusively reported yesterday that high-bidding network ABC was finalizing a deal to revive the popular singing competition, which ended its 15-season run past year on Fox. The talk show films in NY, and the home for "American Idol" has always been Los Angeles.

One potential name that has been floated to join the revived series is that of Kelly Clarkson, the singer who won the first season of "Idol" and went on to achieve pop-star status with hits such as "Since U Been Gone". When the reality TV show ended on April 7, 2016, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. were the ones left on the judges' panel. Core Media Group, for its part, is concerned that "American Idol" on ABC will compete with "America's Got Talent" on the same network. The final season averaged 9.3 million viewers.

TMZ reported Thursday that ABC is likely to land American Idol's return - for a March 2018 launch - with a formal announcement expected at its May 16 upfront presentation to ad buyers.

The show aired on Fox from 2003 to 2016, when it bowed to historically low ratings.

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