Yep, just four months after its cancellation, America's Next Top Model has been reinstated for a 23rd season - but there are going to be some changes.
Television's longest running catwalk competition will be moving from The CW to VH1 and in perhaps the biggest shakeup of all, will see Tyra Banks step down from her role as host.
Tyra, who devised the show back in the early '00s, is not giving her baby up altogether however; she will stay on to oversee the new generation as executive producer alongside Kevin Mok. In a statement released alongside the announcement, she said:
"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!"
Going back to its original roots, the competition will be taking place in New York City and will also feature a brand new panel of judges. The premiere date is yet to be announced but we do know that VH1 has signed on to show 14 episodes. General manager of VH1, Chris McCarthy had this to say:
“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. 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.”
Chief licensing officer for CBS Corp, Scott Koondel added:
“We could not be more excited to bring back and breathe new life into one of the greatest unscripted franchises on television. VH1 is the perfect partner for this new endeavor and we hope this is the beginning of a long relationship.”
The hugely successful format of Top Model has been reproduced in over 30 different countries, including Asia, Africa, Britain and Australia. See some of the top contenders from last season in the video below:
After premiering on UPN in 2003, America's Next Top Model eventually moved to The CW where it stayed for the remaining 16 cycles until it ended in October. Tyra posted on Instagram at the time:
"Thinking #ANTM22 should be our last cycle. I truly believe it's time. May your pics be forever fierce. Keep on Smizing!"
Since the show ended, she has been busy taking care of her newborn son, York Banks Asla, who was born by surrogate late last month.