TV | May 9, 2017 9:01 am

ABC Resurrecting One-Time Ratings Giant ‘American Idol’

Unclear whether Ryan Seacrest will return as host or who will be on judge's panel.

ABC Resurrecting 'American Idol'
Brian Dunkleman, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbin. and Ryan Seacrest at Fox's 'American Idol' in Los Angeles, August 27, 2002. (Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/Fox)

It’s the same old song and dance: American Idol is returning.

This time, however, Fox won’t be the network behind the reality singing competition. Instead, ABC is trying to breathe life into the once-behemoth franchise. The news was announced this morning on Good Morning America.

But this is a different sort of revival, given that the show’s only been off the air a single year—and Fox was the network that built the show into a ratings-smashing hit.

It’s unclear whether Ryan Seacrest will return as host, but he did allude to the possibility in a Monday morning segment on Live with Kelly and Ryan, a show he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa on the same network (see above).

As The New York Times notes, it’s a particularly ironic move in that, after Fox folded the show, the network immediately jumped on the revival bandwagon, bringing back 24, Lethal Weapon, and Prison Break to “fill the post-Idol gap.”