"America's Next Top Model," a show this writer wrongfully assumed had been off the air for no less than four years, is getting a second shot at life. After the fashion-favorite reality series aired its then-final episode last December, rumors began picking up steam that VH1 might give the program a reboot. In a press release sent out Tuesday, the network confirmed that it had signed on to bring back "ANTM" with an initial order of 14 episodes to be filmed in New York. Tyra Banks, the show's creator, is set to stay on as an executive producer along with Ken Mok, a person whose name I recognize from the show's opening credits; Banks, however, will not return as host.
In a statement, Banks said she's eager to find her replacement:
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!
Details are scarce as VH1 has yet to announce the premiere date or what it calls the "new, reimagined cast" of judges — but with Banks already on board, loyal "ANTM" fans can be hopeful that the show will not stray too far from its original, slightly gritty, granola bar-stealing glory days.
At this time, it also remains unclear whether prestigious post service Tyra Mail will return.