Expanded X Factor Episodes Mean No New Girl Until November

NEW GIRL: The new comedy starring Zooey Deschanel ("(500) Days of Summer") as an adorkable girl who moves in with three single guys, changing their lives in unexpected ways premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Pictured L-R: Hannah Simone, Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson and Lamorne Morris). ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Autumn Dewilde/FOX

Zooey Deschanel's New Girl has only aired three episodes, but Fox is already giving it a breather to prop up Simon Cowell. The Futon Critic reports that Fox has pulled the next two episodes of New Girl in order to expand The X Factor from 90 minutes to a full two hours, and since the network had long planned to preempt the October 25 New Girl for X Factor, that means that Zooey & Co. will be off for three weeks and won't return until November. And yes, that probably means you won't get your Lizzy Caplan/New Girl fix until sometime next year. We suggest that you simply watch Happy Endings and squint! [Futon Critic]