“American Idol” is coming back, but not on Fox.
ABC announced this morning that it has reached agreement with the producers of the popular singing competition program that produced several singing stars to run during the 2017-18 season. That could mean the fall or in January of 2018.
However, it didn't announce a host or judges.
Former "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest recently was named Kelly Ripa's co-host on her live morning program so you would think he would be too busy to fall back into his old role even if ABC wanted him to do it. (Update: He reportedly said on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" this morning that he didn't know if he could host "Idol" considering his busy schedule).
Since "Idol" left the air, NBC's "The Voice" has more than filled the reality show musical void. It is NBC's most popular show locally.
However, as I tweeted Monday night, "I wish (former "Idol" judge and producer) Simon Cowell would go on 'The Voice' one night so someone would tell the truth about these mediocre singers." All the praise from "Voice" judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani gets a little tiresome, especially as it gets closer to naming a winner.
As popular as it is as a TV show, "The Voice" has never created a star like "Idol" had over 15 years with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry.
Fox canceled "Idol" after the 2015-16 season because it was very expensive to produce at a time its ratings were declining.
But even the declining ratings at the end would be much better than most prime time shows get on ABC or Fox now. Presumably, ABC made a deal that makes it much less expensive for it to carry than Fox paid before it was canceled.