Life after ‘American Idol’: ABC bids on show, Ryan Seacrest/Kelly Ripa followup, Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood

Ryan Seacrest with his parents Gary and Connie on the original “American Idol.”

This was originally posted on Friday, May 5, 2017 by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com for his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

ABC has now bid on a revival of “American Idol’ for a March, 2018 return, less than two years after Fox retired the show,  according to TMZ.

Ryan Seacrest, given his new obligations with ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in New York, wouldn’t be able to host the new version since owner Fremantle insists on the show staying in Hollywood.

NBC and Fox battled over the show earlier this year but couldn’t come to an agreement with the two owners of the show Fremantle and Core, TMZ wrote. They hope have all three networks compete for the show.

All this behind-the-scenes negotiations still may end up not working out if Fremantle and Core can’t agree on terms.

Although I cannot be a bigger fan of the show, two years seems like an awfully short time to bring it back in whatever new form they choose. It’s not really long enough for folks to truly miss it. And “The Voice” lives on.

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Andy Cohen entertains a packed house of 1,200 fans at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta 25th annual Book Festival November 20, 2016. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Andy Cohen, a close friend of Kelly Ripa, gave the thumbs up to Ryan Seacrest joining her show as a co host.

“I think it’s good. He’s a star, he’s an adult, they’re equals, I think it’s great for Kelly,” Cohen told US. “She’s had a lot on her plate for the last year doing that show alone, and so I think it’s great.”

No doubt Cohen would have made a great “Live With Kelly” co host but he’s way too busy with his own late-night talk show on a rival network (NBCUniversal.) And he was thrilled NBC let him host an upcoming Fox show “Love Connection,” which only ate up one week of his life. He also noted he’s too busy already. (If you’ve read his diary books, you’d understand.)

RELATEDMy colleague Jill Vejnoska earlier this week chronicled every job Ryan Seacrest has ever had

Seacrest on Monday told press how he’ll manage what is going to be a brutal bi-coastal existence: “I’ll be [in New York City] during the week and then at the end of the week the show usually isn’t on on Fridays, so I’ll fly back to Los Angeles and work from there. And I have an iHeart studio here in the building, so immediately after ‘Live’ on television, we go live on the radio.”

According to Variety:

Seacrest’s production companies – Ryan Seacrest Productions and Ryan Seacrest Enterprises — will remain in L.A., producing the likes of E!’s “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and NBC’s Jennifer Lopez-starrer “Shades of Blue,” as will his fashion line Ryan Seacrest Distinction and charitable Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

Seacrest has been on the top-rated Top 40 station KIIS-FM in Los Angeles since 2004, taking over for Rick Dees. Before that, he was on a station called Star 98.7, a Hot AC station that no longer exists from 1995 to 2003.

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Alabama native and “Daily Show” correspondent Roy Wood Jr. hung out with Ruben Studdard last week. Studdard enjoys some Birmingham ribs and suggests Wood go to the country and meet an environmentalist at Talladega National Forest.

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The Nashville Predators are one game away from the NHL semifinals against the St. Louis Blues and Carrie Underwood is excited for her Predators husband Mike Fisher:

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Jena Irene Asciutto, season 13 runner up, is a fan of marijuana legalization. Just check out her single:

 

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