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ABC announces revival of 'American Idol' next season

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/9/2017
FILE - In this Thursday, April 7, 2016, file photo, Katherine McPhee, from left, Casey James, Carly Smithson, Jessica Sanchez, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard and Amber Holcomb perform at the "American Idol" farewell season finale at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC said Tuesday, May 9, 2017, it will revive "American Idol" after it has spent only one year off the air. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Thursday, April 7, 2016, file photo, Katherine McPhee, from left, Casey James, Carly Smithson, Jessica Sanchez, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard and Amber Holcomb perform at the "American Idol" farewell season finale at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC said Tuesday, May 9, 2017, it will revive "American Idol" after it has spent only one year off the air. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says it will revive "American Idol" after it has spent only one year off the air.

FILE - In this Thursday, April 7, 2016, file photo, Carrie Underwood arrives at the "American Idol" farewell season finale at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC said it will revive "American Idol" after it has spent only one year off the air. The network announced Tuesday, May 9, 2017, that the music competition show that dominated television in the 2000s and minted stars like Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, will begin sometime in the next TV season. That season starts in September 2017. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Thursday, April 7, 2016, file photo, Carrie Underwood arrives at the "American Idol" farewell season finale at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC said it will revive "American Idol" after it has spent only one year off the air. The network announced Tuesday, May 9, 2017, that the music competition show that dominated television in the 2000s and minted stars like Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, will begin sometime in the next TV season. That season starts in September 2017. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

The network announced Tuesday that the music competition show that dominated television in the 2000s and minted stars like Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, will begin sometime in the next TV season. That season starts in September.

The series originally aired on Fox and was canceled due to fading ratings. But ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey called it a "pop culture staple that left the air too soon."

ABC left plenty of questions unanswered, including who will be the host and judges. ABC recently hired the show's old host, Ryan Seacrest, to be co-host with Kelly Ripa on the daytime talk show "Live."

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