LOS ANGELES - Life is good these days for Simon Cowell.
"America's Got Talent," which he created and produces, reigns as summer's top-rated program and was renewed recently for a 10th season by NBC. It's part of a "Got Talent" franchise seen in 62 countries which, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, makes it the most successful reality show yet.
Several weeks ago, he placed a good-sized bet on Germany to win the World Cup. And, to top it all off, he's reveling in first-time fatherhood with his infant son with his girlfriend, socialite Lauren Silverman.
"He's amazing. We're in the Hamptons (in New York) at the moment, taking a break. He's 5 months old, learning to swim," Cowell said.
Family life hasn't derailed attending to business for the British TV host and producer who's also the music executive behind such hit acts as One Direction.
He's pleased that NBC renewed "America's Got Talent," which features Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel as judges and Nick Cannon as host. The series, a big-tent talent show for every sort of performer, has thrived while singing shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice" have suffered ratings erosion.
He attributes its success worldwide in large part to careful handling by FremantleMedia, its co-owner and producer with Cowell's Syco Entertainment. The program airs just once a year in each market to avoid wearing out the format's welcome.
Cowell is planning to return to the arena with another singing contest. It's been in development for about eight months.
Might he consider another project altogether, marriage to Silverman?
"We'll wait and see," Cowell replied politely.