Mike Darnell reups contract with Fox

Remains head of alt programming for another three years

Mike Darnell, the exec once called “The World’s Scariest Programmer,” will remain at Fox.

Darnell has quietly reupped for another three years as president of alternative entertainment at the network, where he’s been based since 1994.

Darnell, who’s frequently referred to as the dark prince of all things reality TV, has helped keep Fox on top thanks to his stewardship of signature franchise “American Idol.”

The exec’s portfolio also includes “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and the upcoming “Masterchef.”

He’ll also guide Simon Cowell’s 2011 entry “The X-Factor.”

Darnell made a name for himself as the exec behind Fox gross-out specials “When Animals Attack” and “Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction.”

He later earned the notorious label (the New York Times once called him Fox’s “point man for perversity”) thanks to entries such as “Joe Millionaire” and “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?”

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