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Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Fox’s ‘X Factor’, Showtime’s ‘Homeland,’ CW’s ‘Arrow’ get pickups

“Homeland” (Ronen Akerman - AP)
Fox has ordered a third season of “X Factor” and Showtime has ordered a third on “Homeland,” and CW has picked up the full season of new “Arrow.”

 Celebrating at the “X” camp was somewhat dampened when NBC announced plans to run three hours of “The Voice” in “X’s” space during the week of the Presidential elections (“The Voice” will be pre-empted from its usual Tuesday timeslot that week because that’s election night).

How rude of NBC, given how nice Fox was to change plans to repeat last week’s botched “X” episode on Tuesday.

”X Factor” (Ray Mickshaw - Fox)
 Originally, after Fox botched last week’s “X” episode, as a result of  baseball rain delays compounded by network bungling, Fox said it would rerun the entire two-hour episode this week on Tuesday, from 8-10 p.m. This would have put “X” in “The Voice’s” Tuesday timeslot. Fox changed its mind and decided to air just the unseen bits of the episode, and a recap of what aired last week, in a one-hour broadcast on Tuesday, 9-10 p.m. — out of “the Voice’s” way.  Wasn’t that nice of Fox?

 Meanwhile, Showtime has announced it had ordered a 12-episode third season of Emmy-sweeping “Homeland” the morning after the second episode of Season 2 scored 1.75 million viewers – the biggest audience to date for any of its episode’s premiere telecasts.

 And, CW announced it had ordered a full season on  “Arrow” —  maybe the most success new-series launch of this season to date.

 The drama, based on DC Comic’s Green Arrrow, opened with more than 4 million viewers tuned in — CW’s biggest crowd in three years. In its second broadcast, “Arrow” held on to all of its young-adult audience — a first for a drama launch so far this season.

"Arrow" (CW)

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