In the interview, Darnell said it’s probably too soon for an American Idol reboot:
I’ve heard the rumors. I don’t know anything specific more than you do. Listen, I have nothing but love for the franchise. It meant so much to me and to TV, and I’ve said this often but it’s true, when I was growing up, my dream was that I would be associated with something as big as like a M.A.S.H. or an All In The Family or Mary Tyler Moore, and Idol was that. It was the biggest show on TV for all those years, so I wish it well. But personally I think it’s too soon. I think you need to let the brand rest.”
When asked how he’d reinvent the show, Darnell revealed he has no idea:
I don’t even know where I’d begin and I think that’s one of the problems. You can’t change it too much or it is no longer American Idol. And yet if you don’t change it somewhat, you’re sort of stuck where it was and that’s why I feel like it needs a few years to rest where people will love to see the old show again. I think that changing the format too much overtly, for people who aren’t interested, it’s not going to help them to be interested, and maybe the old fans will get pissed.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of American Idol? Do you think NBC should revive the show or give it some time?