The hit show “America’s Next Top Model” has been picked up by the television network VH1, which made the announcement Tuesday, four months after series creator Tyra Banks shared in an Instagram message that cycle 22 would be the show’s last run, according to Entertainment Tonight.
However, fans hoping to see Banks reprise her hosting role in “America’s Next Top Model” will be disappointed as the supermodel said in a statement that she would be looking for a new host, but will still reprise her executive producer role.
Banks cited “new business endeavors” that require her attention as the reason why she has let go hosting duties for “America’s Next Top Model.” She added that she was already feeling “pumped to identify that person and bring back the show.”
Meanwhile, the network has yet to disclose further details about the show such as its target premiere date, timeslot and members of the judging panel. What has been revealed so far was that the “America’s Next Top Model” revival will feature 14 new episodes. VH1 did indicate that they will make the necessary announcements about the show at a later time.
Apart from Banks’ involvement as the show’s executive producer, co-showrunner Ken Mok is also set to re-join the team. Mok has been part of “America’s Next Top Model” since the modeling reality competition’s first season. The upcoming revival will reportedly be “reinvented for a new generation,” Deadline stated.
The show first aired in May 2003 on UPN and moved on to The CW network on September 2006. “America’s Next Top Model” has been one of the successful reality competition series on the network and has since been produced in more than 30 countries. Banks even shared in a statement that she was “beyond excited” that the series was getting reborn in VH1.
“Top Model fans, you demanded that the show come back, and VH1 answered the call. Get ready for a fierce-a-fied rebirth!” Banks added.