'American Idol' May Return on ABC - But Fox Still in the Mix

"American Idol seems headed for ABC for a March 2018 launch... sources connected with the negotiations tell TMZ

American Idol looks like it might be headed for ABC in 2018.

But Fox is putting in an "insane" offer to bring the show back to it's original network, according to TMZ.

After a 15-year run on Fox came to an end in 2016, American Idol already appears set for a return.

When "American Idol" went off the air, it had 11 million viewers per episode and a 3.0 share among adults 18-49. Additionally, former popular American Idol judge Simon Cowell has an exclusive contract with NBC and is now a producer for the network's series America's Got Talent.

Although details are still fairly vague, sources involved in the revamping would like to see former host Ryan Seacrest fulfill the position again. According to Variety, it's possible that "American Idol" Season 1 victor Kelly Clarkson will be returning as judge next year. He films "Live!" every week in New York City and commutes to Los Angeles.

However, Ryan recently started hosting "Live!' with Kelly Ripa and balancing that and 'Idol" with his radio show and commitments to E! could be a challenge. While NBC originally was the first to eye its return, sources tell THR that the network is no longer in the running.

Past winners and finalists perform together during the "American Idol" series finale on April 7, 2016.

Kelly Clarkson may act as judge in the upcoming "American Idol" reboot on ABC. Negotiations are reportedly very far along and a deal will likely be reached in time for ABC to announce the pickup at its upfront presentation May 16. Between 2003 and 2004, it was the highest-rated show on television. The final season averaged 9.3 million viewers. The trade publication says the show could get a Sunday time slot and return in March, when it could get a pre-launch promotional boost from the top-rated Oscars.

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