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Fox Bets Big on The X Factor, Officially Hires Fan Faves Zooey Deschanel and Jorge Garcia

Zooey Deschanel, Jorge Garcia AP Photo; Getty Images

Are you just not getting enough of high-stakes reality-talent TV from Fox via American Idol in the spring and So You Think You Can Dance in the summer? Well, rest easy, TV fans, because Simon Cowell's The X Factor is about to fill that gap for in the fall with two days and nearly 150 minutes of your week.

Plus, will you have to reprogram your TiVo to find your returning Fox faves? What new comedies are being slotted in around Glee and The X Factor? Which long-running series is finally wrapping up on the network? And which Idol judge is not yet signed for next season? Here's what we can tell you about Fox's new TV lineup:

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Are you just not getting enough of high-stakes reality-talent TV from Fox via American Idol in the spring and So You Think You Can Dance in the summer? Well, rest easy, TV fans, because Simon Cowell's The X Factor is about to fill that gap for in the fall with two days and nearly 150 minutes of your week.

Plus, will you have to reprogram your TiVo to find your returning Fox faves? What new comedies are being slotted in around Glee and The X Factor? Here's what we can tell you about Fox's new TV lineup:

Fox Pickups

  • AlcatrazSan Francisco's legendary island penitentiary is the setting of this supernatural mystery about vanished prisoners and guards reappearing in the present day. Superfine Sarah Jones (from Sons of Anarchy, plus a million other things she hasn't gotten enough credit for) stars, alongside Jorge Garcia (Lost), Parminder Nagra (ER) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park).
  • I Hate My Teenage DaughterWhat if you realized you might be raising a mean girl? Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran (from Wonderfalls, yo!) star as the MILFs facing this dilemma.
  • The Finder: Geoff Stults stars in this Bones spinoff about a former fed who now works freelance hunting down missing people and things.
  • New Girl: Zooey Deschanel joins big sis Emily Deschanelon the Fox network with this sitcom about a young woman who ditches her boyfriend to start a new life with three oddball male roommates
  • Terra Nova and The X Factor: Duh. We've been hearing about both of these megaexpensive marquee projects for months now—one's an time-travel adventure set in the forest primeval, the other's a U.S. adaptation of Simon Cowell's British talent-search hit, The X Factor—and for Kevin Reilly's sake, we're hoping they both work out.

Fall 2011 Schedule

Monday, 8 p.m.: Terra Nova (new one-hour drama)
Monday, 9 p.m.: House (returning one-hour drama)
Tuesday, 8 p.m.: Glee (returning one-hour musical melodramedy)
Tuesday, 9 p.m.: New Girl (new half-hour comedy)
Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.: Raising Hope (returning half-hour comedy) 
Wednesday, 8 p.m.: The X Factor (new reality series, 90-minute performance show)
Wednesday, 9:30 p.m.: I Hate My Teenage Daughter (new half-hour comedy)
Thursday, 8 p.m.: The X Factor (new reality series, one-hour results show)
Thursday, 9 p.m.: Bones (returning one-hour drama)
Friday, 8 p.m.: Kitchen Nightmares (returning one-hour reality)
Friday, 9 p.m.: Fringe (returning one-hour drama)

As usual, Sunday is Animation Domination and sports. America's Most Wanted will no longer be a full series but will be a series of four specials on Saturday night; it may move to some other part of the Fox empire, exact location TBD. The Finder will step in for Bones this spring. (Bones star Emily Deschanel is going on maternity leave in the fall.) 

Kiefer Sutherland's new series Touch will be scheduled "opportunitistically," says Fox boss Kevin Reilly, and the pilot will shoot in the summer after Kiefer wraps his run on Broadway.

As for Idol, it replaces X Factor come spring; Fox execs have Idol judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler secured with multiyear contracts, but Jennifer Lopez had a one-year deal. Reilly says the "hope and expectation" is that she will return.

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    Do you believe in The X Factor? Do you think Terra Nova will be amazing or a high-priced boondoogle? Hit the comments!

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