American Idol Reboot On ABC Official: Ryan Seacrest Host

The broadcast network and the production company have settled on a framework for an agreement to bring back the long-running singing-competition series.

But the Peacock backed away from a deal, concerned that "Idol" could negatively impact singing competition series "The Voice", and turned off by a high asking price from the producer. We will also have to see if Ryan Seacrest will be back to co-host, which might be hard to pull off since he has so many projects going right now, including recently accepting a gig to co-host with Kelly Ripa on her morning talk show.

The return of American Idol back on the Big Four is a bit of a head-scratcher.

ABC plans on shooting the new series in Hollywood, and Seacrest would have to make two coast-to-coast flights to shoot the show each week.

Earlier this year, the reality show was reportedly in talks to revive the show on NBC or FOX but negotiations were halted due to a conflict between Fremantle and CORE.

Original judge Simon Cowell will most likely not return because he is still involved with "America's Got Talent" and "The X-Factor UK". According to Variety, it's possible that "American Idol" Season 1 victor Kelly Clarkson will be returning as judge next year.

After plenty of back and forth over whether or not the mega-hit reality competition show American Idol will return, it has almost been confirmed that it will - only this time, on ABC.

To land the show, ABC had to outbid Fox, which moved aggressively in recent weeks to bring the series back to its air. It dominated all of television, and made Fox the No. 1 network in the key 18 to 49 demographic.

At its height - in Seasons 5 and 6 - the show averaged more than 30 million viewers.

  • Salvatore Jensen