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UPDATE: American Idol Won't Be Returning to TV After All

By: Joe Hyer

March 29, 2017

Update (4/3/17): American Idol won't be returning to TV after all.

NBC and FOX were apparently in a bidding war to bring American Idol back to TV next year, but now we're hearing that neither network will be bringing the show back to TV. 

Why did the deal fall through? It sounds complicated, but TMZ says that the deal got messy when Freemantle Media was pushing those involved to accept NBC's offer. Freemantle Media also owns the rights to NBC's America's Got Talent. Other groups involved in the deal felt like that created a conflict of interest. 

Original story (3/29/17): NBC and FOX are apparently in a bidding war to bring American Idol back to TV.

Both networks have reportedly put bids in with Freemantle Media for the broadcast rights to the popular singing competition. Freemantle Media is the television production company that owns the show. American Idol ended a 15 season run on FOX last spring.

Here are answers to what we know about the reboot:

What about The Voice?
NBC would use Idol as a way to cut back on the number of episodes from The Voice. The network would like to switch The Voice, which currently broadcasts two rounds each calendar year, over to just one round each year, according to reports

What about Ryan Seacrest?
Both networks seem to be interested in the idea of bringing Ryan Seacrest back as the show’s host.

What about the judges?
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. would NOT return for the reboot, according to TMZ. The cost for the judge’s salaries was said to be too much when the show concluded last year.

As a result, a new panel of judges would be hired for the reboot.

When would the show return to TV?
The show could return to television screens as early as the summer of 2018.

A decision from Freemantle Media is expected as early as this week.