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Randy Jackson, from left, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell speak at the "American Idol" farewell season finale at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

ABC reportedly struck a deal to revive 'American Idol'


Saddle up, "Idol" fans. The show is coming back. 

ABC has reportedly struck a deal with Core Media Group and FreemantleMedia (the production companies behind Idol) to revive the singing competition on air, Variety first reported on Friday. 

A premiere is supposedly scheduled for March and the show would be aired on Saturday nights. 

It remains to be seen how former host Ryan Seacrest would fit into the picture. Seacrest recently joined Kelly Ripa as a host of "Live!" which is also broadcast on ABC. 

The former host has relocated to New York City in order to be closer to the "Live!" studio. This presents a problem as "Idol" was always filmed in Los Angeles. 

Kelly Clarkson has been floated as a possible addition to the show. The pop star won the first-ever season of "Idol." 

NBC had originally been in the running to pick the singing competition up, but backed away over fears that another singing contest would negatively impact "The Voice." 

Fox, surprisingly to some, was outbid by ABC. "Idol" ran for 15 seasons on Fox beginning in 2002. While on Fox, "Idol" was the highest-rated show on television for eight consecutive seasons. 

Interestingly, the reported deal is being met with much indifference on social media. 

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