'Idol' Expands to Make Room for Monica

updated 04/14/2003 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/14/2003 12:07PM

Good thing Simon Cowell has so much to say: FOX intends to spread even more "American Idol" magic around.

The talent hunt, already running two nights a week, is about to be expanded even more. According to Variety, FOX has scheduled an hourlong "Idol" special for next Monday, April 21, right before the debut of its new dating show "Mr. Personality" -- hosted by Monica Lewinsky, 29.

("Idol" has already helped launch the new FOX sitcom "Wanda at Large," which quickly established itself in the ratings.)

There will be even more "Idol" come May sweeps. The show's Wednesday results will expand to an hour on April 30 and May 14, and to two hours for the show's May 21 second-season finale.

As for Lewinsky's dating show, Newsweek quotes the former friend of Bill Clinton (during her days as a presidential intern) and fashion influence (during her days as a handbag designer) as saying, "I've come to realize that I've already had my own reality show."

The debut episode of "Mr. Personality" is said to feature a stockbroker named Hayley and 20 masked men vying for her affection. Hayley's task is to find one of the men's inner beauty and then ask him out on a date.

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