Wednesday Night Highlights: Will ‘X Factor’ Live Up to the Hype — and Will It Steal the Thunder of All Those Other Season Premieres?

Sep 21, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Only two new shows debut on the major broadcast nets tonight as television’s big premiere week continues to unfold, TVLine.com reports, but one of those two is a biggie: Simon Cowell’s much-hyped “The X Factor” launches on Fox at 8 p.m. with a two-hour premiere. Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger sit in judgment over a talent lineup that Cowell and his crew are hoping will beat “American Idol” at its own game.

The unenviable task of opening a new season opposite “X Factor” goes to “The Middle” on ABC, with an hourlong season premiere at 8 p.m., while NBC’s “Up All Night” and “Free Agents” relocate to their regular time slots (8 and 8:30, respectively).

The 9 p.m. hour — in case anyone is able to tear themselves away from the second hour of “X Factor” — brings the 60-minute season 3 launch of “Modern Family,” fresh off its back-to-back Emmy win as best comedy, on ABC; the season 2 kickoff of NBC’s “Harry’s Law”; and CBS’s launch of a new season of “Criminal Minds.”

The evening’s other new show, ABC’s “Revenge,” bows at 10 p.m., with Emily VanCamp headlining and butting heads with Madeleine Stowe. Meanwhile, Ted Danson steps up to the plate for a new season of “CSI” on CBS, at the same moment that a revamped “Law & Order: SVU” (Christopher Meloni is out, Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino are in) gets under way on NBC.

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