October 21, 2012 12:00 PM by Megan Wilson
Last week you could practically hear the sobs of X Factor fans complaining about the premature cut-off of the show, as well as a premature airing in other areas! It was a complete and utter mess. Simon Cowell even took to Twitter to call the mess a “Total F Up”. To make up for the snafu, Fox is airing an hour long X Factor on Oct. 23rd.
If you’re just as confused as I was, here’s what went down. Fans had gotten their popcorn and were tuning in for X Factor at 8 p.m., expecting to see everything like normal. Instead, what they saw was a rerun of Ben and Kate. The singing show did resume around 8:40 p.m., but Fox cut out again, airing part of The Mindy Project before rejoining the delayed ball game. According to a Fox spokesperson, the network received word that the delay was expected to last well beyond prime time, so a decision was made to begin airing the show in East Coast markets. An hour into the broadcast, the rain subsided, and when the game was set to resume, the X Factor feed was pulled with the expectation that a switch would be made back to baseball. When that didn’t immediately happen, a partial episode of The Mindy Project was tossed on the air as a stop-gap. And it gets better.
What made it even worse was that there happened to be a technical issue on the West Coast as well. The East Coast feed was broadcast PRIOR to the show’s regular 8 p.m. start time, so many viewers saw the results of the show WAY earlier than normal. What a mess, right?
Well, not only will there be an hour long X Factor on Tuesday, but we will also have Raising Hope, Ben and Kate and New Girl.
Were you just as confused as everyone else? Are you excited for the hour long make-up episode?
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