After 15 seasons, American Idol is returning to your screen. Only the 16th season is going to be aired on ABC network instead of Fox.
The judges are yet to be announced, and the question now is who would be the show’s host. Ryan Seacrest, the longtime host for the last 15 seasons, is now Kelly Ripa’s new co-host, so we may be up for a surprise.
According to Variety, which reported the news to Good Morning America on Tuesday morning, the show will probably debut in March 2018, and will be aired on Sunday nights.
ABC isn’t the only network that was interested in reviving the show. NBC was in talks to have Idol join its stock of reality talent competitions, which includes The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Even Fox tried to get back in the game, attempting to get the show from ABC.
“All of the intense speculation surrounding the comeback of American Idol demonstrates just how popular and powerful this brand remains,” Peter Hurwitz, CEO of CORE Media Group, a producer of the show.
ABC made the decision to bring back American Idol just a week before its annual upfront presentation showcase for advertisers, on which a network announces its fall lineup.