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[05/09/17 - 04:34 AM]
ABC Secures "American Idol," Marking the Return of America's Beloved Series Where Stars Are Born
A host and judges will be announced at a later time.

[via press release from ABC]

ABC SECURES "AMERICAN IDOL"

GET READY FOR THE RETURN OF AMERICA'S BELOVED SERIES WHERE STARS ARE BORN

ABC is bringing back "American Idol." The network has closed an agreement with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Together they will revive television's most successful and recognized music competition series for the 2017-2018 season, bringing back the fan-favorite and making more dreams come true. A host and judges will be announced at a later time.

"'American Idol' on ABC...that has a nice ring to it," said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC. "'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'."

"'American Idol' is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon," said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. "ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams."

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia Group, said, "ABC's passion and enthusiasm make them a perfect home for 'American Idol.' We are excited to be partnering with them to discover the next generation of talented artists. It's an irresistible combination that means now is the ideal time to welcome back one of the most successful shows in the history of contemporary television."

"All of the intense ?speculation surrounding the comeback of 'American Idol' demonstrates just how popular and powerful this brand remains," said Peter Hurwitz, CEO of CORE Media Group. "ABC shares our belief in the enduring value of 'Idol' and will provide us with the perfect new home to showcase the gold standard of singing competition shows."

When "American Idol" debuted in the U.S., the series revolutionized television, pioneering the reality-competition genre and holding an unmatched record for being the highest-rated series for nearly a decade. The series also ushered in second-screen audience participation, being the first to introduce text-based and mobile voting. The "Idol" format has taken on original versions in 55 countries around the world, and "American Idol" itself has played to a worldwide audience of over 460 million across 53 countries.

To date, "American Idol" has earned 67 Emmy nominations and nine wins, including the prestigious Governors Award in 2016, and its talented discoveries have already won 14 Grammys, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award, among numerous other accolades.

"American Idol"'s profound effect on the music industry is far-reaching and continually growing, launching the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others. "American Idol" contestants have sold more than 60 million albums, resulting in more than 80 Platinum records and 95 Gold records. Its participants have generated more than 450 Billboard No. 1 hits and sold more than 260 million digital downloads.

"American Idol" has already been a beloved part of the Disney|ABC family, with "The American Idol Experience" taking residence at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park for five years. The live production featured park guests auditioning for Disney cast members and then performing in front of a live audience. The winner then received a "Dream Ticket" that granted them front-of-the-line privileges at future "American Idol" auditions. An impressive five Disney Dream Ticket contestants made it to the Top 24 in one season alone!

During its 15th season run, "American Idol" won Wednesday's 8 p.m. hour in Total Viewers (11.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.0/10). In its Thursday run, the series ran in a near tie with a "Big Bang Theory"-boosted CBS for #1 in the 2-hour slot with Total Viewers (11.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.8/10). The 15th season of "American Idol" finished the 2015-16 season among the Top 3 programs on Wednesday night in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

"American Idol" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America's Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

About ABC Entertainment:

ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, with current hits including groundbreaking dramas "American Crime," "Designated Survivor," "Quantico," "Scandal" "How to Get Away with Murder," "The Catch," "Grey's Anatomy," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Once Upon a Time" and "Secrets and Lies." The ABC Television Network is also home to the Emmy-winning "Modern Family" and trailblazing comedy favorites "black-ish," "American Housewife," "Fresh Off the Boat," "The Goldbergs," "Last Man Standing," "Dr. Ken," "The Middle," "Speechless" and "The Real O'Neals"; reality phenomenon "Shark Tank," the iconic "Bachelor" franchise and long-running hit "Dancing with the Stars"; "General Hospital," which has aired for over 50 years on the network, along with daytime talk show "The Chew"; and late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The network also boasts some of television's most prestigious awards shows, including "The Oscars(R)," "The CMA Awards," "The American Music Awards" and "The Billboard Music Awards."

About FremantleMedia North America:

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is a premier content studio. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Random House Studio, Original Productions and 495 Productions, create entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and digital partners. Its diverse, critically-acclaimed and award-winning slate includes American Idol (ABC), America's Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let's Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Jay Leno's Garage (CNBC), Married to Medicine (Bravo), Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (VH1), Blue Collar Millionaires (CNBC), Ice Road Truckers (HISTORY), Storage Wars (A&E), Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), To Tell The Truth (ABC), Match Game (ABC) and American Gods (STARZ), among others. FMNA also operates BUZZR, a retro game show channel that launched in 2015, and is available in the top 10 U.S. markets, and 65 percent of the country. FMNA is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia's comprehensive global network has operations in 31 countries, creating over 11,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 420 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. For more information follow us @FMNATV and visit our Facebook page.

About CORE Media Group:

CORE Media Group (CMG) is a leading independent media and entertainment company that creates quality programming for linear television and digital platforms through its in-house creative team, as well as a myriad of partnerships with well-established industry leaders including Sharp Entertainment and B-17. Through CMG's19 Entertainment, it co-produces "American Idol," the gold standard of music competition programs, and the enduring franchise, "So You Think You Can Dance" (returning on FOX for a 14th season). CMG's 19 Recordings has been a part of the successful music careers of platinum artists Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and Colton Dixon, just to name a few. The newest television series under the CORE umbrella include "The Wall" for NBC and "Caraoke Showdown" for Spike.





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