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).
  • Ultima

    @Sausage King
    Isn’t Celebrity Apprentice already two hours?

    Yes, but it was being cut down to one (and still will be for two weeks).

  • Neil

    Smash Crash on the move :-)

  • Max

    Too much reality crap. No wonder they can’t get anywhere. The Voice, The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Apprentice, Ready For Love, Fashion Star (or whatever that one Jessica Simpson has)…that is 5 that I can remember and I watch none of them. Add in their news junk…what? 2 or 3? slots for Dateline NBC plus Rock Center …what do they have left to schedule Wed night at 9:30 ???

  • Ultima

    Add in their news junk…what? 2 or 3? slots for Dateline NBC plus Rock Center

    Dateline airs once a week. Maybe you should actually look at the schedule before complaining about it?

    what do they have left to schedule Wed night at 9:30 ???

    The second half of whatever Law & Order SVU episode started at 9pm?

  • Brian J

    @Mr. Smith:

    The Good Wife was just sold into a solid syndication deal, so I expect it will be back.

  • RS

    Of course Smash died. It died the minute the writers chose MacSwizzlesick figure over glorious Ms. Megan (who is the physical and acting Marilyn reincarnated) and who can sing. I abandoned the show after that realization

  • Brian J

    @Rob R:

    Who says Smash will succeed on Saturday?


    NBC does have some problems with its scheduling, but it’s not that much worse than most other networks. I interpret NBC’s current moves as follows, in no particular order. First, it’s trying to find some success wherever it can. Hence Ready for Love going after The Voice. If it got, say, a 2.5, which it might easily do, NBC could bring it back next season in the fall. Second, it’s planning on cleaning house in a big way, but it still might want to save or two shows. If Go On holds its audience on Thursdays, perhaps that’s enough of a reason to renew it over another NBC show. Third, perhaps some of these moves will be legitimately helpful for NBC, even if they seem small. I mean, an increase of .1 here or there might not seem like a lot, but NBC needs all the help it can get, especially if it can still come in second for the season.* Fourth, while it might seem odd to put Hannibal on Thursdays instead of Tuesdays, this might be a way for NBC to help itself over the long term. I am starting to think NBC will renew the show almost no matter what, considering its creative pedigree, and if it doesn’t premiere high enough on its own, it could generate enough buzz to grow. And whether or not it does well, it might be important for NBC to keep putting scripted shows at 10:00–because that might be the only way to get viewers back.


    As I’ve said, I think NBC might be interested in renewing the show no matter what. After all, it’s only for 13 episodes, making it an ideal candidate to be a back up or a midseason replacement, and one key to gaining back viewers will be for NBC to have quality shows. IF that’s the case, why not put it on Thursdays? What’s the harm?

  • Brian J


    Reality is fine, up to a point, but NBC, like most other networks, never uses it correctly. Back when The Biggest Loser was more powerful in the demo, why didn’t NBC put niche comedies after it on Tuesdays–30 Rock and Community, perhaps? They might not have been huge, but I think they could have grown. Plus, NBC would have been in a better position by having scripted shows instead of overextended reality.

    It’s not too late to use it correctly, however. I think it’d be a good idea for NBC to put The Biggest Loser on Fridays and pair it with two dramas, for instance.

  • iggy

    After all, Murphy might end up re-tooling it a little a bit.

    Turn it into a multi-cam laffer.

  • J

    Because “Trady for Love” will do soo well,,, What is NBC thinking?!

  • Ultima

    @Brian J
    The Good Wife was just sold into a solid syndication deal, so I expect it will be back.

    CBS apparently got close to $2 million an episode for it. You would think that this would silence all of the “it’s only renewed because it wins awards” nonsense, but I guess that’s too much to hope for! ;)

  • Ted Craig

    @Brian J

    Niche comedies are niche comedies for a reason. 30 Rock and Community were never going to have mass appeal, no matter the exposure, unless they underwent some serious creative changes.

  • Brian J


    The awards argument might have held some sway all else being equal, but now, the fact that CBS can make some serious money on the show is only going to help it. Question is, will CBS move it? I could see this show going on for a few more seasons, so perhaps CBS will move it back to Tuesdays to give it a boost.

    @Ted Craig:

    If you look at 30 Rock’s Wikipedia page, you’ll see the total viewer numbers were increasing up until season three. Assuming that’s accurate, that’s something. And more importantly, it’s A18-49 numbers were increasing, too. They were never huge, but they are moving up. Then, for whatever reason, they fell.

    The point isn’t that it would have ever been a huge show, but that NBC could have handled the show differently. As I said, The Biggest Loser used to be a bright spot when it came to the demo, but it also ran for sometimes two hours. NBC could have shifted, say, 30 Rock and Community to Tuesdays with TBL as a lead-in and devoted part of Thursday to a more traditional set of comedies. It could have given NBC a base on another night and taken pressure off of it in a few days.

  • Brian J

    @Ted Craig:

    Oh yeah, lots of shows were thought to be unappealing to a mass audience before they were big hits. Seinfeld is a great example.

  • Holly

    Doesn’t CBS get around $2 million for most of it’s shows? (without having to add in affiliate syndication and amazon). Why are we pretending this is a super-big deal for them?

  • Brian J


    Not sure what the relevant comparison is, but even if it’s not a big, big deal, it’s still a deal. It might make a difference in regards to renewal.

  • Bob

    “Smash” was a good show but did not obviously appeal to enough of the right demo. I loved the music and the cast but they couldn’t find the right formula even with Katherine McPhee and Megan Hilty who are very talented. Maybe they had too many chiefs (meaning executive producers) and they all wanted to be great. The creative team was super good but still not enough at and very expensive to produce.

  • J Cruz

    Smash is amazing and I am a baby of the 80’s. It is clear I still watch along with another 1.8 million others. It is true there was no reason to bring in Jennifer Hudson she was not part of the show period nor is she. Each of us new and were drawn in from season one, which does allow new actors like Katherines love interest and his partner. As well as the young lady Katherine moved in with. There is so much that can be done with this there is no way NBC should cancle or move the show. This is an easy story that could go on long just as Glee has, not only do both shows bring music to light they bring life, family, truth and what it is like day to day in the world of life. Simply put yes there have to be changes and suprises let them come as they may; that doesnt mean it has to be big stars for big bux. There are many like Katherine, Megan, who the shows was done for eight years ago. “Smash” could pull in from old enough to understand up to I’m still here loving life and the show at 101 if you will. Everyone who watches Glee will turn to Smash as well as you see thier writers have the orginal cast with them as they add new. Wake up Stephen don’t let them take Smash…..or buy it to take to “Broadway” in the near future.

  • J Cruz

    I just looked at NBC line up. It is clear that I and my family only watch The New Normal, Smash, Deception, Chicago Fire, Revolution. As to all their other shows nothing I care for or what our kids to watch. I guess I may be watching more of CBS a little of ABC very little Fox and a lot of USA TNT A&E History. It is clear that the ony local cast station that has really cared about us is CBS. I liked Partners gone, Body of Evidence just holding on. Wake up NBC!

  • Carol Forrest

    Smash is one of my favorite shows. The story line has gotten too involved. It needed more music and fewer conflicts. I have loved the original music on Smash. The composer and lyricist are very good. Thank you for the great show. I wish there was a way to save it.

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