NBC Announces 'Smash' Saturday Burn-Off, Shuffles 'Go On' and 'The New Normal' Finales & Moves 'Ready for Love' Into Post-Voice Tuesday Slot

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March 13th, 2013

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via press release:

NBC Schedule Changes
NBC has announced the following schedule changes:

  • Will now air Tuesdays, beginning April 9 (9-11 p.m. ET) following “The Voice.”


  • Beginning April 14 (9-11 p.m ET) will be expanded to two hours through the end of May.


  • Will air encore episodes on Sunday, March 31 and Sunday, April 7 (7-10 p.m. ET), leading into original episodes of “The Celebrity Apprentice” (10-11 p.m. ET)


  • Moves to Thursdays on April 4 and April 11, which will be the season’s final episode. Both episodes will air at 9:30-10 p.m. ET following “The Office.”


  • One-hour season finale on Tuesday, April 2 (9-10 p.m. ET) following “The Voice.”


  • Moves to Saturdays at 9 p.m. beginning April 6 and will air its entire season of 17 episodes.



  • Will have a one-hour season finale on Wednesday, March 27 (8-9 p.m. ET).
  • Ted Craig


    Few people insist that Go On should be paired with The Voice to artificially improve its ratings. And since it’s a top of the hour show, Go On depends less on its lead-in.

  • Dan

    @Cyrax86 – May 9 and May 16 will be double episodes of the Office. May 2 will be a repeat at 930

  • r0ckmypants

    @Alex – No matter what NBC decided to put in Smash’s slot was going to be “counterproductive” to advertising. Ready for Love has been hyped for weeks now as premiering on March 26 after The Voice. Now they will have to run new ads. The same would have gone for Hannibal.

  • JS

    I disagree about Smash. I was all for it last year – and it was well-done with 1 premise. This year, it was awful. It was never the entertainment quality that Glee offers (which only gets better) but, now, it’s not even at the level of Carrie, the musical.

  • gerry

    well, thank jeebus for dvr. i’ll finish smash out, hopefully they wrapped up the second season in a way that could allow it to be a series finale as well. too bad, great premise, just never truly found its direction.

    i wouldn’t count the new normal out just yet. its a short time but the fact that they’re giving it the voice boost must signify something.

  • ToXiX


    ABC completely deserves to the lowest rated network, however it gets beaten by CW.

  • Brian J


    To play Devil’s advocate and defend NBC completely at the moment, think of it this way. Hannibal probably won’t premiere huge (although I hope it does; NBC needs something to work), but is that the most important thing at this point? I’d say no. Instead, it needs creatively successful series. Which is to say, unless this show does worse than Do No Harm, NBC will bring it back for another season–if only to say it has another returning freshman series, like Revolution and Chicago Fire. If for some reason the show starts off strong and/or builds even if it starts out weak, that’s great, because NBC needs all the help it can get in the slot.

    Given how graphic this show is supposed to be, maybe that’s the plan. Maybe NBC has decided to bring it back pretty much regardless of what happens and figured it might as well try to light a fire where it can. Along the same lines, it needs another unscripted show to work. That may or may not be Ready for Love, but if that show clicks in part because if airs behind The Voice, NBC can then use it elsewhere on the schedule. As for the comedies, I don’t see a huge difference one way or the other. At this point, if NBC renews some of them, it’ll be almost independent of the ratings they get…unless one shots up dramatically for some reason.

    Meanwhile, The Voice on Sundays will probably do slightly better than whatever else would repeat there. Again, that’s progress, however small.

  • Brian J

    @Dan S:

    That’s a very good point and I think exactly right. I am starting to think NBC feels the excessive gore and/or violence will cause some buzz, which can only help in the time slot, and that the show probably won’t be creatively weak, given its pedigree, meaning it will bring it back regardless. All of this means NBC will probably bring the show back no matter what, so as I said elsewhere, why not see if a fire can be started in a dead slot?


    There’s plenty of reason to have NBC dump all its comedies, The New Normal included. But having seen a bunch of episodes, I’d probably renew The New Normal over Go On, as the premise seems more expansive. Go On seems like it needs more retooling, actually, because for how long can Matthew Perry stay in the same therapy group? But again, at this point, it might be best to wipe the slate clean so its efforts can be more focused–with Parks being the only exception.


    I disagree. At this point, SVU probably costs more than it brings in, and it’s clearly ending sooner rather than later. Why not announce next season will be its last and send it off with a bang? I’d probably have never approved Chicago Fire, but it’s actually working, so why pair that with one or two new dramas on Wednesdays and ship SVU off to Fridays? Gotta think about the future, and the longer SVU takes up one spot, the less time NBC has to try something else that might be a hit.


    That’s a fair analogy, but the network isn’t finished. It just needs to be smart and strategic, focused more than anything on building one legitimately huge night. That’s why I keep harping on the Michael J. Fox show–not so much because of the star, but because he represents a big opportunity for NBC. If NBC uses his show correctly, it will be a hit and it means the network now then really begin to rebuild.

    And this is why I think the show should go on Tuesdays. NBC would probably dominate the night, as opposed to competing for second or even third on Thursdays. Wouldn’t that be better for NBC over the long term? Of course it would.

  • Potato


    Good point. I think the same thing. After all, they’re only going to air, what, five episodes before they have to decide to renew it or not?

  • Brian J


    One consideration few people mention is that Smash had a very, very wealthy audience, and that’s something the network wants. The West Wing had the same audience, although for much of its run it had the big overall ratings, too. A better example is Boston Legal, which while never huge in the ratings had the wealthiest audience of any network show. A similar example is New Girl. Fox does well enough in A18-49, but it supposedly does AWESOME in A18-34. I’m sure you can realize how these things matter, even if they aren’t seen through the top line numbers.

    Plus, while it dropped from its strong start, it wasn’t as it the show had a .4 in the A18-49 category. It had a 2.27, which is decent and especially decent for NBC–and don’t the averages count? There’s also time shifting, which NBC may or may not have considered, and the fact that it was a prestige project that deserved one more shot.

    All of this is to say that I can see why NBC renewed the show after last year, but I couldn’t possibly understand why they’d do it this year.

  • Marcelo

    and Community…???

  • Jackson


    “Go On and The New Normal were both successful in the fall, Go On was always fluctuating sometimes scoring a low 2 while The New Normal was always consistent in the 1.7-2.0 range. It was finding an audience. At worst TNN is lead-in dependent like most shows in Season 1. NBC’s decision to leave these two shows out to dry is roundly observed as their worst scheduling decision this season.”

    That’s everything I believe too. NBC had won Tuesdays one after another, they had vanished Happy Endings, they were killing Mindy, even New Girl! NBC had the right formula and screwed it up. So what if Go On and TNN are lead-in dependent? It’s season 1, for Christ sake. They have to build an audience. Not to mention NBC was behind CBS, ABC and FOX before when these two comedies arrived. As said: (airing GO and TNN without The Voice) worst scheduling decision this season. I just hope they make up for it by renewing both of them and give them a proper chance next year.

  • Brian J


    I agree. NBC needs to have options, and The Sing Off might be a second or third tier option, but it will still be an option.

    As for Hannibal, it might be counter productive RIGHT NOW, but wasn’t the show schedule AFTER Smash bombed? NBC could have made a switch and then started advertising. Why it didn’t isn’t clear.

    Similar to what I’ve said before, I wonder if NBC is just determined to get people back into watching scripted shows in most of its later slots, because only then will it be possible to grow.


    That might be the case, but the reasoning behind NBC’s scheduling moves isn’t always clear. Given the show’s pedigree and how it might fit into NBC’s scheduling needs, I’d bet the show will be renewed almost no matter what. It probably won’t be bad, and unless it REALLY bombs, worse than Do No Harm, it won’t be worse off than anything else NBC has. Plus, it can go on Sundays once football is done.


    I don’t think NBC left the shows out to dry, at least not at first. You could make the argument it’s doing that now, but I’m not sure. The thing is, based on the number of comedy pilots NBC has ordered and the constant juggling of the schedule, I wouldn’t think they are coming back. My guess is that NBC decided to wipe its slate clean or mostly clean weeks or even months ago but didn’t announce for obvious reasons and now just wants to build an unscripted show in Ready for Love to use on another night. But again, I am not sure.

  • Brian J


    Is that true re Ready for Love? If so, that’s a good counter point. Perhaps, though, the worry is that it’s harder to switch a scripted show than an unscripted show. Or maybe they just want to use The Voice to built another reality show.


    What show, Hannibal? Given it’s only supposed to be on for 13 episodes per season, I don’t think there’s any rush.


    I don’t think the move to schedule them without The Voice as a lead-in was bad. NBC needed to see how well each would do on its own, and it got its answer, which was really badly. Had the shows done okay, NBC might have felt confident enough to move them to a new night. Now, who knows?

    You make a good point about building shows up. Previews might help, but it helps to have some consistency. Fox left House behind Idol for, what, two or three seasons? Networks usually do the opposite, though.

    Of course, none of this is to say NBC shouldn’t consider making a switch next season. It should, but it should pick its best and/or most important pilots and leave them there. They tried this with Go On and The New Normal, but the shows weren’t that strong creatively. Thankfully, NBC’s pilots for next season sound quite strong.

    One thing I’ll repeat again is that NBC should put a comedy on Monday, or even two comedies, behind The Voice. Considering the strength this show has, they’d be dumb not to do so.

  • Thereasonsy

    @Ultima – I am not expecting it to double their ratings, I am curious to see though how the +3 and +7 will skew. To be perfectly frank, professionally, I am expecting a complete hemorrhage and surprised to see if they can even get a .5 and NBC having a reckoning at the up fronts when they try to increase their rates on anything and a slew of make goods. Again, the hail Mary, or the .0001 chance that Smash has is if it continues it’s uptick on a Saturday and can get a 1.5 live and then higher on a +3. It would then have to survive longer than the two new shows and then survive a movie back to a week night. Again, I think there are better odds of finding an Oprah sex tape but then again I never would have banked on a Super Bowl Blackout.

    “Also, they may want to have original drama programming on Thursday ahead of upfronts. Apparently advertisers weren’t too hot on the whole Rock Center thing.” The only thing that went over worse than this was Leno at 10.

  • Thereasonsy

    @Nick – completely agree. This is one for the record books. How do you go from winning November sweeps to being in last after Telemundo? There should be a tumblr for this.

  • George

    Ok guys I have a stupid question here, will CBS save a show like the Good Wife even though it skews old? Will it not be saved period for older viewers? Can’t they just change the commercial’s to Lincoln’s and Cadillac’s and things older people buy?

  • Mr. Smith

    You know they really hate you when you are sent to Saturdays.

  • KJ Styles

    That sucks about Smash. It was the only good NBC show. SMH, whatever though….I’ll DVR the Saturday episodes.

  • Mr. Smith

    George, my opinion on Good Wife is they will renew it one more time. Same for The Mentalist. I think CSI:NY, Vegas, Golden Boy and Rules of Engagement are gone. I also hope they do only “one” season of Survivor and Amazing Race (airing Wed. at 8PM) each, freeing up Sundays at 8PM to air something new and fresh that goes along with The Good Wife and The Mentalist.

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