11:08am PT by Kate Stanhope
VH1 Bringing Back 'America's Next Top Model' Minus Host Tyra Banks
America's Next Top Model will live to see another catwalk.
The long-running reality competition is being resurrected by VH1 mere months after it was canceled by The CW, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The new season, which will be the series' 23rd, will be the first not hosted by series creator and longtime executive producer Tyra Banks. However, Banks, as well as original exec producer Ken Mok, will both exec produce the new iteration of the reality show. The new host and judges team will be announced at a later date.
Fourteen episodes have been ordered for the new season, which will see the series return to New York City. Dana Gabrion, Paul Buscemi and Jaimie Glasson Pargament also will serve as executive producers. 10 by 10 Entertainment will produce in association with The Tyra Banks Company, and CBS Television Distribution will handle distribution.
“We’re thrilled to bring America’s Next Top Model back to VH1 and partner with CBS Television Distribution and Tyra Banks to reinvent this franchise for a whole new generation,” VH1 general manager Chris McCarthy said Tuesday in a statement. “This is a homecoming for the series, as VH1 helped catapult the show to cultural icon status as the first cable network to air the show after it launched.”
Added Banks: "After creating an incredible, global brand, I am beyond excited to have the show reborn. I will continue as executive producer, but must turn my attention to new business endeavors, so I want to find a new host. I’m pumped to identify that person and bring back the show. Top Model fans, you demanded that the show come back, and VH1 answered the call. Get ready for a fierce-a-fied rebirth!”
America's Next Top Model, which originally debuted on UPN, was canceled by The CW in October in the midst of its 22nd season. The show had been on the air for 12 years when it quietly signed off in December.
At VH1, America's Next Top Model joins a wide and diverse slate of reality programming. However, the decision to resurrect the franchise comes as the Viacom-owned cabler has also attempted to move more into scripted with original scripted series such as hip-hop drama The Breaks and returning series Hit the Floor.
There is no premiere date yet for the new season of America's Next Top Model.