ABC’s revival of “American Idol,” which wrapped on Fox last year after 15 seasons, will share a lot of key players with the original series.
Variety reports that producer FremantleMedia “has quietly begun to draw a number of ‘Idol’ veterans once again into the show’s orbit.”
Among the returning behind-the-scenes players will be senior supervising producer Patrick Lynn; Wylleen May, executive in charge in production; music supervisor Robin Kaye; and co-executive producer Megan Michaels Wolflick, the publication reports in an exclusive. Also back in camp will be musical director Rickey Minor.
Variety notes, however, that a number of puzzle pieces remain out of the picture — notably former executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, who have reportedly not been approached about becoming involved with the new show. “Idol” creator Simon Fuller is also not attached at this point.
“ABC also has yet to close a deal with Ryan Seacrest, with the sticking point believed to be an executive producer credit being [sought] by the longtime host,” Variety adds.