America's Next Top Model reboot in the works?
America's Next Top Model is reportedly set to make a comeback, despite the news last month (Oct15) that it was coming to an end.
Network CW announced on 14 Oct (15) the reality show fronted by Tyra Banks would not be returning for a 23rd run, with current cycle 22 to be its last. But according to Deadline, there is potential for the show to continue on cable or streaming channels after the season finale on 4 December (15).
Ken Mok, executive producer/showrunner of Top Model, is reportedly pushing for the franchise to continue, and is believed to have the support of host and supermodel Tyra.
While the outlet adds that the 41 year old will continue as an executive producer, it is unclear if she will return as host.
The supermodel has fronted the show since its debut in 2003 and after CW announced the series wasn't going to be renewed, Tyra took to her Instagram account to share her views on the decision.
“I truly believe it’s time,” she wrote. “Our diehard fans know we’ve expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it’s time. It really is.”
In CW's statement, the network paid tribute to the show's success, which originally started on the UPN channel.
"America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon,” said Mark Pedowitz, President of The CW. “I want to thank Tyra and Ken for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the US, but all across the world.”
But despite this, Top Model producers have reportedly had lots of interest from other outlets about new episodes thanks to its success on top streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.