‘American Idol’ coming back to TV on ABC but Nigel Lythgoe thinks it’s ‘too soon’
ABC has revealed it will revive “American Idol” after it has spent only one year off the air.
But not everyone is thrilled about it.
The network announced Tuesday that the music competition show that dominated television in the 2000s and minted stars like Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, will begin sometime in the next TV season. That season starts in September.
While some fans were overjoyed to hear about the revival of the series, former executive productive of “American Idol” Nigel Lythgoe told Variety he isn’t in favor of the show returning just yet.
“They got their wish, but it feels a little too soon to bring it back,” he said.
The series originally aired on Fox and was canceled due to fading ratings. But ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey called it a “pop culture staple that left the air too soon.”
ABC left plenty of questions unanswered, including who will be the host and judges. ABC recently hired the show’s old host, Ryan Seacrest, to be co-host with Kelly Ripa on the daytime talk show “Live.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.