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''American Idol'' is renewed for early 2003

”American Idol” is renewed for early 2003. Judge and co-producer Simon Cowell will dish out more humiliation, though the other judges and hosts may not re-up

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If you’re worried about going through withdrawal after ”American Idol”’s Sept. 4 finale — no more Simon snaps, no more bad Stevie Wonder karaoke — try to hold on for four or five months. Fox is close to a deal to renew this summer’s reality hit in time to launch a new season in January or February, Variety reports.

There will be some changes to the show, according to the report. The audition process is likely to last longer, as on the British version of the series, before jumping to the episodes featuring competition among the finalists. That would mean more withering disses from Simon Cowell, who is a coproducer of the show as well as a judge — but perhaps no more melees among Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul. It’s not clear whether the other two judges, or loser-consoling hosts Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman, would return. They’d junk the Dunk? Guess no one is safe from Simon.