Such a deal was a long shot to begin with, insiders say. But apparently Abdul and ABC could come to terms on a salary. Abdul, who walked away last year from a reported $5 million deal to continue on “American Idol,” was likely asking for a figure that wouldn’t have made much sense for a new, unproven series.
ABC is said to still be kicking the tires on a new “Star Search” — but with much of the network’s interest in the format tied to Abdul’s participation as a host or judge, it’s unclear how much further the network might go in re-developing the show.
A “Star Search” revival in the early 2000s, produced by 2929 Prods. and Andrew Goldner for CBS, came up short.