'X Factor' in the fall and 'American Idol' in spring don't leave a lot of wiggle room
Once upon a time, FOX was the hyper kid with a short attention span of Upfront Week. The network — with its commitments at different times of year to baseball, football, "American Idol," etc. — would swoop in to announce a two-, three- or even four-pronged schedule involving dozens of shows that would constantly jump around to different nights and/or times. Frequently, those plans would be scrapped by the time we got into the season (if not sooner), and some shows would never even air at all.
Now, though, the 25-year-old FOX is embracing a stable, conservative, bordering on dull mindset as it seeks stability in its adult life. With "X Factor" as a plausible fall stand-in for "Idol" — even if it wasn't the indestructible hit that FOX and Simon Cowell had suggested it would be — the network announced a new schedule on Monday morning that was among the more stable we're going to see this week, with only three new shows on in the fall, and minimal changes planned for mid-season.