ABC announces the return of 'American Idol'

(WTVM) – ABC is bringing back "American Idol" after the network has closed an agreement with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group.

"'American Idol' on ABC...that has a nice ring to it," said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC. "'Idol' is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC's lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'The Bachelor.' America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever 'Idol'."

Channing Dugney, president of ABC Entertainment says that AMC is the right home to reignite the fan base.

"It's an irresistible combination that means now is the ideal time to welcome back one of the most successful shows in the history of contemporary television," Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia Group said.

A host and judges will be announced at a later time.

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