Simon Fuller, the creator of “American Idol,” has teamed up with Dick Clark to bring back “American Bandstand.” Fuller, Clark and Mosaic Media Group president Allen Shapiro will executive-produce the revived show, which is expected to have a summer 2005 launch on a U.S. network to be determined. Mosaic is a controlling shareholder in Dick Clark Productions.
“Dick Clark is the father of American music television,” Fuller says in a statement, “and the prospect of the two of us working together to bring ‘American Bandstand’ back to all its former glory, [while] giving it a 21st century twist, is very exciting indeed.”
Clark comments, “Bringing back an American tradition like ‘Bandstand’ has always been a dream of mine, and I can’t think of a better person to partner with than Simon Fuller, whose foresight in trend-setting television shows and music will surely bring the show new luster and then some.”
“American Bandstand” ran on ABC from 1957-87. The show originally launched is 1952 as a local Philadelphia series.