ABC has set the premiere date for its revival of American Idol. As expected, the singing competition series will air on Sundays, premiering March 11, with the Oscars telecast the previous Sunday serving as a launching pad. With Ryan Seacrest as host and judge Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, the new iteration of Idol will air Sundays in the 8-10 PM EDT timeslot. Seacrest announced the date this morning on Live With Kelly and Ryan.
Auditions began in August, covering 23 cities across the country for its next big superstar. Hopefuls also could submit audition videos online as well as select social media platforms, as well as a live stream platform.
(Source: Deadline Hollywood)
ABC’s American Idol Reboot Will Air Twice A Week
The American Idol revival will start off airing two nights a week, ABC officially confirmed in a midseason schedule released at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
As previously announced, the revived singing competition will premiere Sunday, March 11, airing from 8 to 10 pm ET, where it will lead into Deception (a new drama in which a master illusionist helps the NYPD solve crimes).
Idol will also air Mondays from 8 to 10 pm, for seven weeks starting March 12. On April 30, Dancing With the Stars‘ All-Athletes Edition takes over the two-hour Monday block, while Idol will continue to air on Sundays.
“American Idol” Officially Coming To ABC, Ryan Seacrest Reportedly Returning as Host
After weeks of rumors, ABC finally made it official Tuesday morning: The network is reviving American Idol next season.
ABC outbid Idol‘s original network Fox to secure the right to revive the franchise, which ended its storied 15-season run in 2016.
“‘American Idol on ABC…that has a nice ring to it,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC in a statement. “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.”
Although the judging panel is expected to undergo an extreme makeover, one familiar face is expected to stay put: Newly-installed Live co-anchor Ryan Seacrest is reportedly being eyed to return as host.
ABC isn’t saying where on its schedule American Idol will live, but speculation has the singing competition landing on Sunday nights. We’ll get a definitive answer next week when the network formally unveils its 2017-18 schedule.
American Idol Revival…… At NBC?
Variety, which first broke the news, Fremantle Media — which produces Idol — pitched NBC a revival of the long-running singing competition. The network is said to be seriously considering the idea, and, according to Variety, could cut The Voice down from two cycles a year to one to make room for it.
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