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ABC Closes Deal for American Idol, Revival Set to Debut in March 2018

May 6, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

TMZ reports that the upcoming planned revival of American Idol will air on ABC. The deal was recently closed for the reality show to return on ABC instead of FOX.

Per the report, the announcement will be made by ABC at the upcoming Upfronts session in a week. The offer for ABC to pick up the series was made about two weeks ago.

Previously, FOX had made a strong offer at the last minute, but then ABC was reportedly able to close the deal last Friday (May 5). The co-owners of the show, Fremantle Media and Core, along with ABC, want Ryan Seacrest back to host the show.

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. The new series will reportedly debut in March 2018.

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