Report: 'American Idol' Will Return in 2018 on ABC

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According to a new report, ABC has begun finalizing a deal to revive American Idol in 2018.

TMZ first reported earlier this week that the network had placed a bid to win the one-time ratings juggernaut for its programming slate in the New Year, and now the site writes “negotiations are far along and the fine points are being worked out right now” with a final ABC deal to be reached “soon.”

The report goes on to say the new American Idol will continue in Hollywood despite early efforts to bring it closer to original host Ryan Seacrest in New York City.

ABC will reportedly announce its plans to reboot Idol at its upfront presentation in two weeks.

 Word is the show that launched the careers of Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and more will re-launch on ABC March of 2018.

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