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'American Idol' Prepares for Season 3 Pickup, Judges Lineup Still in Flux


ABC is preparing to unveil a third-season pickup for “ American Idol ” at its 2019-2020 season schedule presentation to advertisers on Tuesday, but the lineup behind the judges’ table is still a work in progress.


ABC and FremantleMedia North America have only recently started negotiations on possible new talent deals for “Idol” judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.


It’s understood that ABC has told Fremantle it hopes to make “Idol” a long-term network franchise but only if the current cost structure can come down.


ABC brought Fremantle’s durable competition franchise back to U.S. primetime in 2018, less than two years after the show wrapped a storied 14-year run on Fox in 2016.


ABC is said to be pushing for across the board cost reductions, including but not limited to the paychecks of key talent.


To date, ABC has ordered two comedies — Kenya Barris’ “Mixed-ish” and domestic vehicle “United We Fall” — and three dramas in addition to “Emergence.”






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