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Just one year after singing goodbye on Fox, American Idol could be back on ABC during the 2017-18 TV season.

The network has a "framework" for a deal with Idol producer FremantleMedia, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly. An agreement has not been finalized.

Variety first reported Friday afternoon that ABC and FremantleMedia had laid the groundwork on a deal to revive the one-time ratings juggernaut. The trade publication says the show could get a Sunday time slot and return in March, when it could get a pre-launch promotional boost from the top-rated Oscars.

ABC declined comment on the matter.

Talk regarding a potential Idol resuscitation is not new. NBC in February was in talks about bringing back the one-time top-rated show, which was canceled after a 15- season run because of precipitous ratings drops in later seasons and increased production costs. However, Idol's final season ratings, while paltry in relation to its peak average of more than 30 million viewers, still compare favorably to many shows in today's world of fragmented TV audiences.

When NBC was talking to Idol, there was speculation about whether Simon Cowell, now a judge and executive producer of America's Got Talent, could return as a judge. A possible revival at ABC raises the question of whether Ryan Seacrest, who hosted the show for its entire Fox run, could return. Seacrest this week became co-host of the newly renamed  Live with Kelly and Ryan, the popular daytime show that runs on most ABC stations.

Idol, however, has always been based in Los Angeles, which would make Seacrest's involvement difficult since Live takes place in New York.

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