'New Girl,' 'Mindy Project' to get 'American Idol' boost from FOX

"American Idol" may not be the ratings monster it once was, but it's still a power player for FOX and the network hopes to capitalize on that with a one-night-only special airing of comedies "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" after "Idol" on Thursday, April 4.The "New Girl" episode "Date Night" features Jess (Zooey Dechanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) attempting to go on a "first date." "The Mindy Project" episode "Mindy's Birthday" features Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) throwing Mindy (Mindy Kaling) a surprise party."New Girl" and "Mindy" typically air on Tuesdays, where the former has struggled to match its Season 1 ratings and the latter has simply struggled. But both comedies have devoted and deserved followings among fans and TV critics, so FOX probably figures a potential audience boost from "Idol" can't hurt.It also gives FOX the chance to test how a show other than "Glee" fares in the 9 p.m. post-"Idol" timeslot. Season 4 of...



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