‘American Idol’ Returns on ABC March 11

ABC’s version of American Idol will debut Sunday, Mar. 11. Ryan Seacrest, the show’s host, shared the news on Live with Kelly and Ryan Monday.

The show is rebooting on ABC after 15 seasons on Fox, ending in 2016.

The talent search kicked off in August, as the Idol Bus traveled from Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida, covering 23 cities hosting auditions. Hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online.

The judges for the new American Idol are Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

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.

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.