WHUT!?! American Idol, may come back!
The show, which aired its final episode on FOX in April 2016, could be revived by NBC, according to Variety. The network has reportedly already pitched the new and improved Idol and is exploring how to fit the show into its schedule. One option, the story says, might involve scaling back two seasons of The Voice per year into one, and seeing that The Voice has yet to create a superstar, this might be a great deal for NBC to corner the market on talent competitions.
No deal has been reached so far, Variety says.
The report follows a couple of allusions to a potential revival that didn’t come long after Idol‘s finale. During the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, show creator Simon Fuller said this:
“It’s been 15 years, and this is the first Emmy we’ve actually won for the show. Can you believe that? [FOX Broadcasting CEO Dana Walden], thank you for bringing the show back in 2018. We can’t wait to make it.”
Host Ryan Seacrest also said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in 2016 “When you’ve got a franchise that has this kind of heritage and you’ve got a franchise that generates X amount of millions of people, if it sustains, does that mean it’s the end? I’m not so sure.”