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:
Ready For Love

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

CELEBRITY APPRENTICE

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

The Voice

  • 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)

Go On

  • 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.”

The New Normal

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

SMASH

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

 

WHITNEY

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

    Such a pity that they can’t even show the premiere of Hannibal after The Voice for some extra sampling. Or even air a special episode on Thursday at 9pm. Maybe they know sth we don’t. Though the pilot has been getting some good buzz by those who’ve seen it.

  • CookyMonzta

    Which pretty much proves Smash could not survive without the Voice in front of it. That’s one less vampire show on TV. The first episode, and promos of future episodes, reminded me of ‘Fame L.A.’

  • CookyMonzta

    Too bad for Kat McPhee. They tried WAY too hard to build a show around her, and when they saw that failing, they got J-Hud.

    If Kat doesn’t find her way back on the music scene, she will find herself doing ‘Mega-Mastodon vs. Super Grizzly’ with Debbie Gibson on Syfy!

  • Joseph

    So that’s why there was black smoke billowing from the Cancellation Bear’s chimney yesterday! :)

    “Smash” didn’t get axed.

    Note that “Smash” doesn’t get moved to Saturdays until April 6th, avoiding March 30th, the night before Easter, when many people may be travelling to friends or relatives’ homes for that holkiday.

    Isn’t “American Ninja Warrior” going to be first-run for several more weeks?? If it is, NBC will have two hours of first-run programming (although only one scripted) on Saturdays, which might be a help for “Smash”.

    It might actually get more viewers on Saturdays, but probably not enough to prevent the Cancellation Bear from eating it up at season’s end.

  • JP

    @MichaelChickless

    Will you teach Kat McPhee how to act… absolutely horrendous.

  • Fakeem

    Joseph: ANW has been clip shows all season. The new episodes will air in the summer.

  • Brian J

    @Thereasonsy:

    Original programming on Saturday could work, but the networks would need to be serious about putting stuff there and giving it a chance. Smash might–might–have worked there, but only from the beginning, not now.

    And NBC’s decision to put Rock Center at 10:00 made a lot of sense, considering the trouble the network had there launching a new drama. But since it seems like it’s better for the long term to put scripted programming there, that’s probably what NBC will do next season and probably why it’s putting Hannibal there now. Never too early to start to start the rebuild, you know?

    But anyway, on Saturdays, I think NBC could see success with The Biggest Loser. I also think it could see the show work on Fridays, which is probably more important now, but if NBC decided to go with all scripted programming on Fridays, it really should consider TBL on Saturdays. It’d get at least a 1.0 and almost certainly a 1.5. With some luck and good promotion, it could get a 2.0, and then oddly enough, NBC would own the night. Perhaps then it could schedule some original scripted programming on the night.

  • Brian J

    @Samunto:

    Who has seen the pilot? Given who is behind the show, I can’t think it will be bad.

    Plus, I think NBC might be ready to renew it no matter what and then bring it back next season on Sundays. If it does well, great, but if it doesn’t and yet is still strong creatively, it could release the show on Netflix and spend the months until its return promoting it.

    @Fakeem:

    Didn’t realize that re ANW. Why clip shows on Saturdays? Is NBC planning something special for that night next season?

  • Rob R

    Folks are absolutely delusional thinking “Smash” will succeed on Saturdays.

    YOu know what might be worth a try? Reruns or even originals of “Dancing With the Stars” on Saturday night to capture the elderly viewers. DWTS often reminds me of the old “Lawrence Welk” Show, an ABC staple on Saturday nights in the 1960s.

  • Dana

    NBC just must be clueless on what a good show is. Also, if you constantly shuffle nights for your shows how are you suppose to maintain a loyal viewing audience? Smash is my favorite show on tv, despite the many directions a new writer has tried to take it in. If you don’t stay true to the original direction of the show and try to break of in a million different side stories, how do you expect people to follow and stay loyal? Go back to what you did for the first season and you shouldn’t have any problems with ratings! No wonder why NBC is one of the worst ranked networks, perhaps they needs a change in management and marketing! They seem to constantly be making poor decisions…

  • Pavelsauce

    @thereasonsy
    Actually, NBC was beat by Univision.

  • RandomCommentor

    I’m not sure about the exact price of SVU – I know it is expensive. HOWEVER – the thing gets good ratings for NBC (sadly), repeats ridiculously well, and will continue to make syndication money.

    Even with all the controversy about the supposed decline in quality, I don’t see them announcing a final season at least until the year after next unless there is a breaking producer/actor issue.

  • Stew

    After watching what happened to Awake last year, then Do No Harm this year, why would NBC continue with its plan to premiere and air Hannibal Thursdays at 10?! Why not give it the Tuesday Voice lead in? This is the dumbest part of their schedule shuffling.
    Go On really has a good shot for ratings increases on Thursdays at 9:30. With a The Office lead-in, plus the return of a Friends co-star, it should see some success.
    Also, doesn’t the Celebrity Apprentice already air 2 hour episodes?

  • Abe Froman

    Isn’t Celebrity Apprentice already two hours?

  • Samunto

    @stew & Abe Froman

    Celeb Apprentice was supposed to air 1hr episodes at 10pm once Ready for Love premieres.

    @Brian
    I think Hannibal is one of those ambitious projects which though with a known name, might falter. I mean, it’ll have Go On as lead-in and that won’t be more than a 1.5.

    It’s unfortunate NBC isn’t doing more than try launch another reality show after The Voice. Fashion will get cancelled after this season. Dramas tend to do well behind these talent shows. See Bones & House…..

  • steve

    Keeping fingers crossed New Normal gets renewed……best new comedy this year of any network.

    Smash should have never been renewed and it should have been Harry’s Law….at least HL got viewers to NBC.

  • Ultima

    @3terms4Obama
    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.

    Ratings for The New Normal…

    2.5 (p), 2.5, 2.2, 2.0, 1.7, 2.0, 1.7, 1.8, 1.5, 1.7, 1.7 … 1.3, 1.4, 1.2, 1.1, 0.9, 1.0, 0.9

    That’s “finding an audience”? Yes, The New Normal can pull average ratings when it airs on the same night as The Voice; but pretty much anything NBC puts in its timeslot could do the same, so it’s not a reason to renew the show.

  • Ultima

    @Joseph
    “Smash” didn’t get axed.

    Actually, since networks rarely officially cancel shows, when something gets moved to Saturday, it’s considered canceled.

    Note that “Smash” doesn’t get moved to Saturdays until April 6th, avoiding March 30th, the night before Easter, when many people may be travelling to friends or relatives’ homes for that holkiday.

    Viewership will be down as opposed to all of those other Saturday nights where everyone flocks to the broadcast networks!

    Isn’t “American Ninja Warrior” going to be first-run for several more weeks?? If it is, NBC will have two hours of first-run programming (although only one scripted) on Saturdays, which might be a help for “Smash”.

    No, it’s just clip shows.

    It might actually get more viewers on Saturdays, but probably not enough to prevent the Cancellation Bear from eating it up at season’s end.

    Anyone who thinks that Smash is going to go up on Saturday is crazy.

    Let’s look at The Firm from last season…

    Thursday – 1.0, 0.9, 1.0, 0.8

    Saturday – 0.5, 0.4, 0.4, 0.6, 0.4, 0.3 …

  • Ultima

    @Thereasony
    I am curious to see though how the +3 and +7 will skew

    You just want to put off the inevitable. It’s like watching the sun rise in the east and saying “Let’s wait a few hours just to be sure…”

  • Ultima

    @Dana
    Also, if you constantly shuffle nights for your shows how are you suppose to maintain a loyal viewing audience?

    Which shows are shuffling nights? I mean, besides the ones already being canceled.

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