ABC has sealed the deal for “American Idol.” Even though Fox tried to make a big play at the last minute, it clearly wasn’t big enough.
Sources say that everyone involved – “Idol” co-owners Fremantle and Core and ABC – wants Ryan Seacrest to host. Since he’s now based in New York City and the show is in Hollywood, he’d have to make two round trip coast-to-coast flights in as many days to shoot the show each week.
THURSDAYS Ryan does 'Live' with Kelly, and pre-tapes Friday's show. Kelly's been doing a Friday pre-tape for a long time, so that's not a change. Ryan jumps on a private jet early Thursday afternoon for L.A. and has Friday to prep for 'Idol.'
-- SUNDAYS Ryan does 'Idol' live at 8 PM ET, which is 5 PM PT. He jumps on his jet at 7 PM, sleeps for 4 hours and lands in NYC at around 3 AM ET.
-- MONDAYS Ryan does 'Live' at 9 AM ET, jumps in a car by 10:15 for the airport and jumps on his jet before noon for a second trip to L.A. He lands between 2:30 and 3 PM, goes to ABC and shoots the results show at 5 PM. He books it to the airport and is back in the air by 7 PM.
-- TUESDAYS Ryan sleeps on the plane for 4 hours and lands in NYC at around 3 AM ET. He's back on the 'Live' set for a 9 AM show.
“American Idol” is expected to debut in March 2018