American Idol Is Officially Returning Next Season, but ABC, Not Fox, Is Behind the Revival

The network is hoping for a spark from the former ratings juggernaut

Ryan Seacrest, who just signed a deal with Disney-ABC to co-host Live, could do double duty for the company on Idol. Getty Images

Just one year after its “farewell season,” American Idol will be returning to broadcast TV. But when the popular music competition series comes back next season, it will air on ABC, not FOX, where the show ran for 15 seasons.

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