American Idol renewed for four, maybe six more years; Simon Cowell will return

American Idol 5 will not be the last season of the show withe Simon Cowell, nor will it be the last season of the series. FOX has renewed the show for “four more seasons with an option to renew for an additional two seasons,” according to Reuters. As part of the deal, producers 19 Entertainment and “FremantleMedia will receive a ‘significantly increased’ license fee from Fox in line with the higher advertising rates set for the coming season,” and “Sony BMG remains the official record label for American Idol winners.”

Simultaneously, Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller settled Fuller’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Cowell in the UK; had they not, Simon could have bailed and sold his X-Factor show to another US network.

Later today, FOX will announce the American Idol 5’s schedule, which may have an hour-long results show airing on Thursdays.

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