November 2, 2011

THE SKED: “X” Marks The Renewal

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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In a week when the ratings news has been pretty bleak for FOX, they’ve whipped up some glad tidings by announcing that X FACTOR is renewed for the 2012-13 television season.  It’s the first renewal of the season for a new series, but as X Factor is a fall-only show (supplanted in January by the return of American Idol), it’s apples and oranges with the other new series.  

Renewal was pretty much a no-brainer for FOX, as X Factor, while not the Idol-like blockbuster some were hoping for and even forecasting, has consistently won its nights, and has even been useful in filling in for baseball preemptions during FOX’s typically rocky fall.

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."