“American Idol,” now on ABC, will return to airwaves on Sunday, March 11 from 8-10 p.m. ET. Ryan Seacrest returns as the host, while the new judges will be Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
The logline: The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August, as the Idol Bus traveled from Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida, in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country. Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social media platforms using an official tag, #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts. Also, for the first time in “American Idol” history, hopefuls had the opportunity to audition through a livestream platform.
“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.
Although ABC has made no announcement where current Sunday 9 p.m. time period occupant “Shark Tank” will air, my personal prediction is back in the Friday 8 p.m. ET hour.