NBC Cuts 'Do No Harm' Order from 13 to 12 Episodes

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November 12th, 2012

Cutting the number of episodes of yet-to-debut mid-season series seems to be a trend. On the heels of ABC's reduced number of Family Tools episodes and FOX's reduced order of Goodwin Games, Deadline reports that NBC has cut the number of episodes of upcoming Jekyl & Hyde inspired medical drama Do No Harm from 13 to 12.  The cut is allegedly for scheduling reasons. The network has yet to announce a premiere date or time period for the show.

  • Bearkg

    Ah this sucks. I really hope this doesn’t become like Awake. I was looking forward to Awake and thought it was an interesting concept, and it tanked..ugh

  • Networkman

    I think it would pair great with Grimm. CBS and FOX has reality in the 8pm slot. ABC has the comedies. So I would put it @8pm before Grimm. I still think Hannibal would fit nicely behind Grimm @10pm. It would do better there than behind the low rated comedies on Thursday.

  • Neil

    NBC is doing harm to Do No Harm.

  • r0ckmypants

    I don’t know if Crossbones has even started production yet. Last I heard one of the major financiers, responsible for 75% of the budget, was having second thoughts. But they haven’t announced a director or a cast yet, despite the show supposedly on track to start filming this fall. So I doubt it’ll be ready for midseason, and if it is then it’ll have to debut late.

  • Justin121

    I’m interested but it does seem / feel like this year’s Awake…

  • SJ

    I’ll be surprised if Crossbones or Dracula debut this spring. Summer, maybe. They may even get pushed into next season or cancelled before they air.

    NBC only really has two open slots: Friday at 8 and Thursday at 10 (I mean, I imagine Rock Center will be off the air by February sweeps). Hannibal, being the more high-profile project, will likely go to Thursdays, while Do No Harm gets paired up with Grimm on Fridays. Speaking of, they really need to order 4-6 more episodes of Grimm, otherwise they’re looking at a sea of repeats in the spring. If Celebrity Apprentice gets pared down to 1 hour, my guess is, Fashion Star gets the remaining time slot on Sundays.

    Cutting episode orders isn’t a vote of encouragement, but it’s not a death sentence either: Castle’s season 1 episode order was cut down from 13 to 10 episodes and it’s in its 5th season today. Although to be fair, I can’t think of another example.

  • HGFM

    There are 22 weeks from the beginning of January to the end of May sweeps. There are only 10 episodes of Grimm unless NBC orders more. That leaves 12 weeks of reruns to fill in between them. Wouldn’t it be better to have 10 weeks of new Grimm episodes (which goes just past February sweeps) and then bring on a new show with a similar otherworldly theme to replace it and hopefully keep the viewers?

  • Lisa

    I’ve never heard of any of these shows.

  • r0ckmypants

    @HGFM – No, it would be better to try to help the new show gain an audience by pairing it with an established one.

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