His Royal Crankiness has been producing U.S. shows for years, but none have fared nearly as well as ''American Idol''

Cupid, 2003 (CBS)

An unlucky-in-love copywriter turned to her best friends (and the audience) to track down Mr. Right. This was one of the rare cases where the real-life couple outlasted the dating show.

Celebrity Duets, 2006 (Fox)

Watching Little Richard and Marie Osmond judge a duet between Cheech Marin and Peter Frampton sounds awesome, but something just didn’t click. Lasting nine episodes, this was his shortest-running American show.

American Inventor, 2006-07 (ABC)

Novice entrepreneurs vied for a million bucks, with devices like the Guardian Angel, which sits atop your Christmas tree and extinguishes fires. Grill master George Foreman was even a judge!

America’s Got Talent, 2006-present (NBC)

An American Idol-esque show with added competition from dancers, stand-up comics, magicians, and martial artists. What’s not to like? It’s Cowell’s biggest hit as a producer on our shores — so far.

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