Fox is lowering the curtain on "American Idol," ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. (Tweet This)
The network announced Monday that "American Idol" will go off the air after its 15th and final season next spring. The cast from the past few seasons, with Ryan Seacrest as host and Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. as judges, will return for a season-long celebration of the show's history.
"American Idol" faded over the past few years, eclipsed in the music competition genre it pioneered by "The Voice" on NBC. (Disclosure: Comcast's NBCUniversal is the parent of NBC and CNBC.) Personnel changes didn't help, and neither did tinkering with the format, as the show fell victim to what usually kills off most television series—old age.