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Fox Benches 'New Girl' Until November: Get Ready for a Two-Hour 'X Factor'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 11th 2011 8:00AM
'The New Girl' castBad news for 'New Girl' fans, but great news for 'X Factor' and baseball fans: Fox is benching the new comedy until November in order to accommodate some scheduling tweaks.

The network has retooled its schedule slightly to allow it to air even longer episodes of 'The X Factor' as well as the MLB play-offs and World Series. This means that no new episodes of 'New Girl' will air until November.

A scheduled special airing of 'New Girl' tomorrow night will be replaced by a two-hour (count 'em) episode of 'The X Factor,' which will introduce the "judges' mansions" round of the competition.

Fox had originally planned to air new episodes of 'New Girl' on Tuesday October 18 and 25, but those have also been pulled to make room for two-hour episodes of 'The X Factor.'

Will the gamble pay off in the ratings for Fox? 'The X Factor' ratings have been below expectations so far, but the novelty of the "judges mansions" round and the introduction of live episodes next month could give the show a boost.

Simon Cowell must be hoping for better luck than the U.K. 'X Factor' is having right now. Fox execs take note: The show has been shedding viewers in large numbers since it adopted a new extended format. Many fans have complained that at a whopping two and a half hours running time the show simply drags on for too long.

Are you sad to see 'New Girl' off the schedule for a few weeks? Are you excited for longer episodes of 'The X Factor'?

New episodes of 'New Girl' air from Tuesday, Nov. 1, 9:30PM ET on Fox.

'The X Factor' airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8PM ET on Fox.

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Kamuka ko si Tiny

no,,,,dont do that,,,i love new girl,,,please dont do that,,im begging :( thats really unfair,,you want x factor? then the new girl has it,,,find your own sched X FACTOR,,dont ruin our lives okay??

November 10 2011 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat Garvin

I'd rather be watching New Girl. I could care less where those X factor people live.

October 21 2011 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Celia Burton

X Factor sucks! Who cares about glorified karaoke (sp?) While I do like The Voice, at least it doesn't mess with my New Girl episodes.

October 21 2011 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So lame! they should ahve never messed with The New Girl's schedule!!!! X Factor... who cares!!

October 20 2011 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Riley M. Green

i really like the new girl!! and x factors sucks! so i hope to be watching the new girl sooon please & thank u

October 20 2011 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brittni Johnson

Im bummed i really like new girl.. ugh this sucks i hate the X factor... blah!!

October 19 2011 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, come on, FOX! Way to put the brakes on the momentum of a potentially great new show!

October 19 2011 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Janice Helms

Taking the New Girl off sucks. Even if it just for a while. It's one of the few shows I LOVE and look forward to watching ...:P to whoever decided that

October 18 2011 at 10:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Janice Helms's comment

I agree!!

October 19 2011 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm sooooo disappointed that I can't watch this show til November!!!!! Grrrrrrrr Fox!!!!!

October 18 2011 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Noplasticpls Ok

man oh man, I loved all 3 episodes of New Girl..
I sure hope this is just an 'intermission' because that's a great show.

October 17 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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