Good news for all those having “America’s Next Top Model” withdrawals: VH1 has decided to keep the show alive.
ANTM creator Tyra Banks announced last October that things were coming to a close after 12 years and 22 cycles, but it looks like VH1 had other plans. Over the years, Tyra consistently found new ways to keep the series afloat and was able to transform brand from a national phenomenon to a global blueprint for similar shows. Confirming that she’ll continue to executive produce the show but will no longer host, Tyra spoke on its’ return in a brief statement earlier this week.
“After creating an incredible, global brand, I am beyond excited to have the show reborn. I will continue as Executive Producer, but must turn my attention to new business endeavors, so I want to find a new host. I’m pumped to identify that person and bring back the show. Top Model fans, you demanded that the show come back, and VH1 answered the call. Get ready for a fierce-a-fied rebirth!”
From the sounds of things, Tyra will be assisting VH1 in finding a new host and new group of judges who will reinvent the franchise to better appeal to a new generation of viewers.
“We could not be more excited to bring back and breathe new life into one of the greatest unscripted franchises on television,” said Scott Koondel, chief licensing officer for CBS Corp. “VH1 is the perfect partner for this new endeavor and we hope this is the beginning of a long relationship.”
The show’s original series finale took place on December 4, 2015 and an official release date for the reboot has yet to be revealed.