American Idol aired on Fox for 15 years and now will be moving to ABC for a reboot in 2018. Fox TV chairman Dana Walden is opening up to blast the show’s producer FremantleMedia for bringing the show back so soon.
Walden told reporters that Fox offered to bring the show back in 2020 as it would be too soon to come back before then.
“They were determined to get this show back on the air as quickly as possible,” Walden said on the call. “We spent about $25 million sending a clear message that it was the farewell season. It felt to us it would be extremely fraudulent to bring the show back quickly, that fans would not appreciate being told one thing and then having the show brought back right away.”
Dana says that Fox would have continued with the show if they could make it more cost-effective, but Fremantle did not “want to take significant trims.”
“They didn’t want to test out a new panel — they felt like it had taken a long time to find the chemistry they had with [Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr.]. They ultimately said to us they would rather rest the show after this season rather than make any changes, and that’s when we decided to call it the farewell season,” she said.
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