Remember when Fox’s American Idol was must see TV? Yeah, we were all a lot younger, and a lot less jaded towards reality TV. After a 14-season run, American Idol is getting set for its 15th and final season.

The news was announced this morning via a press call from Fox’s co-CEO Gary Newman:

“It was not an easy decision. ‘American Idol’ has been such a vital part of Fox for its run. We spent a lot of time talking to producers about the future of ‘American Idol’ and collectively we all arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end.”

Who is returning for the 15th season? Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. But, there are the promises of surprises.

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“We really wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory and treated the show the way it deserved to be treated. Next year is going to be a true season-long celebration,” Newman said. “We’re already talking about surprises we can have for the fans to make it feel special and to send it off in a way that’s significant as the run it’s had on our network.”

Yeah, I’m excited…

Immediately, the speculation is for possible appearances from Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, etc. Those three were the original judges and held American Idol at the pinnacle of ratings success.

A reporter on the call suggested Brian Dunkleman, the first season’s co-host. Co-CEO Dana Walden had a bit of fun with the question responding, “Yes! Where’s Brian nowadays?”

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With years of ratings decline, this season has not been kind to the show. Starting the season with 11.2 million viewers, the last episode managed 6.9 million. I think everyone has hit the red button to turn their seats around.

It’s not all bad news for singing reality shows. Newman has promised the network would never be out of the singing competition business.

Damn, just when I thought there was hope.

Will you be sad to see American Idol go? Or, was the show already years past its expiration date?

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