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‘American Idol’ Creator Simon Fuller Hints Show Will Return in 2018

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American Idolthe show that launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, may not have broadcast its final episode in spite of an apparent April 7 series finale.

Fifteen years after its first season, show creator Simon Fuller accepted the the Governors Award on behalf of Idol at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards last night (September 11). And, according to Billboard, he used the opportunity to turn to FOX Broadcasting CEO Dana Walden and plant a powerful TV-seed.

“It’s been 15 years, and this is the first Emmy we’ve actually won for the show. Can you believe that?” he said. “Dana, thank you for bringing the show back in 2018. We can’t wait to make it.”

Idol debuted its very first episode on June 11, 2002. At its peak in 2006, it drew more than 30 million viewers, and its seemingly final winner, 25-year-old Trent Harmon, was crowned in April.

Idol‘s speedy return could signal a new trend of lightning-quick reboots in the realm of TV. Though Tyra Banks announced in October 2015 that the long-running America’s Next Top Model would end after its 22nd season, she changed her tune in February 2016, and said the show would return with brand new personalities and a shifted concept. The show is now confirmed to return in December on VH1 with Rita Ora as its new big boss.

Would you want to see American Idol return to TV, or is it way too soon for a comeback? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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