Why The Masked Singer Isn't Airing A New Episode This Week

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The Masked Singer returned to Fox for Season 4 this fall, beating some of TV's other biggest shows back on the airwaves and delivering some notable changes. That said, the costumes are fabulously elaborate, the masked celebrities continue to belt their best, and the reveals continue to be only somewhat surprising. Basically, The Masked Singer is as big and bonkers as ever, but fans unfortunately won't get a new episode this week, and possibly the next as well. Here's why.

Fox has something even bigger than The Masked Singer that needs the primetime slot on Wednesday, October 21. Game 2 of Major League Baseball's 2020 World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox, meaning that The Masked Singer's usual 8 p.m. hour will be full of baseball rather than Ken Jeong's (and occasionally Robin Thicke's) terrible but entertaining guesses.

In even worse news for fans of the singing show, there is no guarantee that The Masked Singer will be back the next week either. If the World Series goes to seven games, then that game will air at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 28 and therefore push any hope of a new Masked Singer episode all the way to Wednesday, November 4. So, if you're a baseball fan from Tampa or Los Angeles, you may be rooting for a seven-game World Series, but Masked Singer fans may want to cross their fingers that their show will be back on October 28!

It's too early to predict with any certainty which team will come out on top in the 2020 World Series, but the Dodgers did easily beat the Rays in Game 1, with a score of 8-3. If the series can wrap in six or fewer games, then the Group C Play Offs of The Masked Singer can replace baseball (and ideally bring back Joel McHale as a guest judge).

On top of all the changes made to the show in Season 4 due to COVID-19 precautions (some of which were more unsettling than others), The Masked Singer made history with one unmasking when a celebrity singer went ahead and self-eliminated. When Mickey Rourke removed his own mask, he made that particular night a little easier for his fellow singers, but the competition should be as stiff as ever when the show returns, whether that's on October 28 or November 4.

For now, we can only wait and see how the World Series progresses over the next week. If baseball isn't a home run for you, there are plenty of other TV options, and you can check out what to watch and when to watch it on our 2020 fall TV premiere schedule. If you need to catch up (or rewatch) The Masked Singer Season 4, you can find every episode of the season so far streaming on Hulu. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest and greatest on The Masked Singer!

Laura Hurley
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