In a new in-depth interview, ABC reality chief Robert Mills talks about the network’s plans to bring back “American Idol” in 2018 along with insights into the rest of the network’s reality lineup.
In the interview, published in the new edition of The Hollywood Reporter, Mills suggests that one of his biggest mistakes may have been passing on “The Voice,” which went on to be a hit for NBC.
“When ‘The Voice’ was pitched, I didn’t get it,” Mills admits. “I thought the chair thing was a joke — like, you’d hear a voice, think it was Britney Spears, and it would be a 300-pound woman in a Rascal scooter. I thought it was supposed to be mean! You have to really think these pitches through, because maybe your idea of something isn’t what it actually is.”
Asked who the “ultimate get” would be for “Dancing with the Stars,” Mills says the “get of gets” would be Richard Simmons.
Much of the wide-ranging interview focuses on ABC’s acquisition of “Idol.” We encourage readers to click here to go to THR to read the full interview.