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At ABC, 'Idol' will have to wait, and Fridays and Sundays get a makeover

At ABC, 'Idol' will have to wait, and Fridays and Sundays get a makeover

Like Ryan Seacrest tossing to a commercial break for dramatic effect, ABC is saving the unveiling of its big bet to revive “American Idol” for mid-season.

The network revealed no details on a host or panel of judges, and there was no information about a firm premiere date or the show’s format when ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey spoke with reporters during a conference call Tuesday morning ahead of the network’s presentation to advertisers in New York.

But one thing Dungey would say: “This is going to be ABC’s version of ‘American Idol.’”

As viewers wait to find out exactly what that means, the alphabet network is introducing five new series in the fall —...

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