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Simon Cowell Nearing 'American Idol' Deal & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 11th 2009 2:45PM
Simon CowellSimon Cowell is reportedly finalizing a deal to extend his 'American Idol' fun for three additional seasons.

Also in the news today: 'Pee-Wee''s Paul Reubens stages a comeback, while TNT renews 'HawthoRNe' for a second season.

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.Simon CowellSimon Cowell is reportedly finalizing a new deal with 'American Idol.' The deal would keep him on the judges panel for at least three additional years, and could earn him as much as $45 million per season. Meanwhile, Fox has yet to comment. Looks like 'Idol' really is moving on without Paula. [Hollywood Reporter]

Paul ReubensPaul Reubens will star in a special limited stage version titled 'The Pee-Wee Herman Show,' beginning this November. The show will run for 17 performances at Hollywood's Music Box @ Fonda, and will include many of 'Pee-Wee''s original artists. Tickets for 'The Pee-Wee Herman Show' went on sale this earlier this morning. [Pitch Engine]

HawthoRNeTNT has renewed 'HawthoRNe' for a second season. The Jada Pinkett Smith medical drama, which averaged a healthy 3.8 million viewers this season, will return for 10 additional episodes, beginning sometime next summer. Apparently, TNT really does know drama. [Variety]

Will ArnettWill Arnett will star in a new Fox comedy series from 'Arrested Development''s Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely. The trio will co-write the single-camera series, about a Hollywood jerk who becomes romantically involved with "a charitable tree-hugging woman who can't stand his lifestyle or values." Expect viewers everywhere to tune in to see whether Arnett made a huge mistake. [Hollywood Reporter]

Nadya SulemanFox will air a two-hour documentary dedicated to Octomom Nadya Suleman. The special (airing Wed., Aug. 19) will chronicle seven months of footage, dating back to the birth of her octuplets in January. [Hollywood Reporter]



King of the HillFox will dedicate a full hour to the 'King of the Hill' series finale, airing Sun., Sept. 13 at 8PM. The two-part episode will reportedly feature -- among other things -- Hank's mother, who surprises everyone by marrying a man she's barely known. 'King of the Hill' is ending after 13 seasons. [Hollywood Reporter]

Cheryl LaddCheryl Ladd is about to get in touch with her inner cougar. The 'Charlies Angels' star will guest on an upcoming episode of 'CSI: Miami,' playing a rich wife with a penchant for dating younger men on the side. Looks like 'Cougar Town''s Courteney Cox may have some competition. [PEOPLE]

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'? According to the ratings, not that many viewers. The hit game show, which returned for a limited 10th anniversary run, averaged just 7 million viewers total on Sunday, finishing fourth in its demo. Where's a lifeline when you need one? [Variety]

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