October 19, 2012

THE SKED: FOX Tries To Rescue Tuesday

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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When we last left baseball’s beleageured network partner, FOX was trying to recover from a particularly knotty night of rain delays.  The result was that what was supposed to be Wednesday’s episode of THE X FACTOR, cut off before its ending across most of the country, had to be rescheduled to Tuesday Oct 23.  This, however, was going to hurt the network’s sitcom line-up, which would be off the air for a solid month due to a combination of Presidential debate, baseball, and election coverage.  It would also put X Factor in direct competition with The Voice, not a face-off that’s gone well for FOX thus far.

In attempt to solve these problems, FOX has announced a modified version of its Tuesday schedule.  From 8-9:30PM, the network’s usual sitcoms will air, with RAISING HOPE, BEN AND KATE and NEW GIRL in their regular timeslots.  At 9:30PM, however, a reedited 1-hour version of X Factor will take over, pushing the end of primetime to an unusually late 10:30PM.  This keeps most of the network’s sitcoms alive in the minds of viewers, and moves X Factor out of The Voice‘s clutches.

The only loser now is THE MINDY PROJECT, which has been struggling already and will indeed have been off the air for a month when it returns on November 13.  The rationalization is presumably that the show already has its back-order, and will have plenty of time to recover from the blow over the rest of the season… but preemptions when a show is trying to form viewer loyalty and build momentum are always dangerous.



About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."