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).
  • TVDude

    My predictions: TNN’s toast, they’re just getting rid of it quickly.

    Go On’s going to get renewed and put on Thursday’s. NBC’s probably hoping that The Office picks up in its final episodes.

  • Alex

    So 1600 Penn will be the last show to get the Office lead-in(assuming it still has episodes to air in late April/early May). What a waste…

    Obviously its a waste to air a show they know they’re going to cancel in that slot for the rest of the season but it doesn’t strike me as a huge waste. The Office hasn’t exactly set the ratings world alight in its final season and I don’t think they’ll be that much of a final season bump in the home stretch. Although maybe there’s a case to be made for switching 1600 Penn and Parks & Rec on the schedule. I also wonder if they might possibly try and preview the new Michael J Fox series during in May (since that got a straight to series order) although out of The Voice would probably be the more obvious pick to do that since the final episode of The Office is an hour not 30 minutes. And there’s the chance they might do what they did with the Valentines (I think) episode of The Office and extend some of these final episodes to an hour.

  • SJ

    Ready for Love is premiering on Mar 26 so that still leaves one episode of both Go On and TNN unaired…

  • John A

    Im kind of shocked Smash is banished to Saturday. I thought they would just suffer with the bad Tuesday ratings for the season then axe it. Wise decision.

  • Tim

    NBC is testing CA to see if it pulls viewers from The Voice reruns… if it doesn’t, it may be cancelled.

    Go On is also being tested for Thursdays…hopefully it pulls higher than usual.

    Smash is dead. Good riddance.

  • Petar Ivanov


    I agree. Ready for Love at tuesday make sense. Its risky but they should try it.(not sure there are any other choices) The biggest NBC mistake this season is all of these single cam comedies. They were so many that was virtually impossible even to remmember or promote all of them. And in the end result is logical all of them bomp and will be cancel. Its like lesson for all networks. Even CBS will has problems with so many new shows to promote. And CBS has way more shows for lead-in, advertising and etc bonuses.

    The other question is if Hannibal is so bad why they greenlight it….why networks continue to work this way. If the pilot is bad air it to save some money and that is. Like they do with one expensivr pilot i forgot what was this season. And this musical smash was other mistake.

  • DW

    you know a network is bad when they repeat a 1.6 show in front of a new 1.6 episode. and you have trump on for 4 hours.

  • Craig

    America has a good show like Smash and doesn’t watch. I’m not surprised network tv is dead

  • Ultima

    Ready for Love is premiering on Mar 26 so that still leaves one episode of both Go On and TNN unaired…

    ‘Ready For Love
    Will now air Tuesdays, beginning April 9 (9-11 p.m. ET) following “The Voice.”’

  • Alex

    Ready for Love is premiering on Mar 26 so that still leaves one episode of both Go On and TNN unaired…

    Apparently the next episodes of both shows were set for April 2. Presumably it was set to be repeats throughout March. So unless NBC has changed that scheduling then both would have 2 episodes left on the shelf as things stand. And if they are changing that scheduling they’d be wise to keep the Courtney Cox episode of Go On until it moves to Thursday because that remains a easy to market episode for the move.

    Also where has this notion that Hannibal is terrible come from? That they aren’t moving a show they’d already announced for Thursday at 10PM to Tuesday 9PM (and leaving a giant black hole they can’t fill on Thursday night in the process)? I assume that NBC have just decided to bring forward Ready for Love and that it would have slotted into Tuesday 9PM after both Go On and New Normal finished up in April.

  • Ultima

    The other question is if Hannibal is so bad why they greenlight it….why networks continue to work this way. If the pilot is bad air it to save some money and that is

    Typically when this happens, the pilot was good, but the subsequent episodes were not.

  • SVU: Fringe Division


    Deadline says (don’t know how reliable, it is Deadline) that Goon and New Normal (and Smash, shockingly) will air 2 weeks with The Voice as the lead in, then report to their new slots.

  • Tom K

    SMASH is GREAT and Saturday is a better night for me than Tuesdays, anyway! I think the show’s base is loyal and will make the show a hit on those tough Saturday nights. Doesn’t have to be a HUGE hit to be a hit on Saturday!

  • SVU: Fringe Division

    Also I wouldn’t be surprised if 1600 Penn airs on Wed in place of (or conjunction) with Betty White. I mean it does have only 5 episodes left.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Ultima who just said:

    That pretty much says it all.
    It’s been a while since one of the big four has come up this short on available programming.

    Yep. I completely agree with you. Its shame that NBC almost stay without shows to air even after the voice which is still great lead in for all networks not only NBC. They need more good dramas and reality shows next season. Big luck for them is Revolution and chicago fire. Without these 2 dramas NBC will be force to air 15 years old law and order after the voice which sound like joke right?

    ps to be fair fox is not any different they air glee after idol.

    ps2 Its shame that friends channel air so many and so laughable comedies. Bring back funny multi cams and get rid from these single cams. Can you say plese where friends was on in US? I mean what slot-time on NBC? And what you think will nbc change the strategy with all these comedies or they will continue to air them?(without thursday) And can they air let say 2 multi cams on thursday and after that 2 single cams or you think that this will be even worse?

  • Ultima

    to be fair fox is not any different they air glee after idol

    FOX makes money off of Glee. How did The Finder and Touch work out for them?

    Also, FOX needed to re-establish their primary drama night, Monday. The Following being a hit there and boosting Bones in the process was a huge success for FOX; much more so than they could have achieved by putting The Following after Idol.

  • Greg

    The only real question is: what is airing on Wednesdays? Are they moving Rock Center back to weekdays? It would probably do the same as Guys with Kids.

  • Thereasonsy

    I kinda wanna stick my head in the oven for saying this but, the ratings are not a reflection on the strength of the creative. OVERALL as a network is in huge trouble. They are in a similar position as ABC when they aired Millionaire to death. The overall health of the network is at stake especially when you compare the fact that their shows are being beaten by the CW in some instances. NBC is going to have to renew some shows regardless of the ratings, the question becomes which ones cause the least amount of damage.

    Go On is going to be renewed. The Thursday night thing assures it. It is a nostalgia play and Thursday night needs an anchor. Aren’t those last two episodes when Courtney Cox is on? Eh who cares, regardless it will be renewed. Same as Whitney because to be honest, they don’t have much of a choice.

    Smash may be able to survive (sacrificial goats aside) if it can keep its live audience, and the time shift audience builds. Which, let’s face it would need a miracle like a direct TV (FNL) or Subway (Chuck). Again, the reason they pointed out that it is the show with the largest affluent base is particularly interesting as advertising agencies look at this while recommend specific products and services. So Smash could have survived if the uptick continued into the natural uptick that the Voice would have supplied.

    Lastly, this schedule isn’t permanent. If either Hannibal or the Love show bomb like every other show that NBC has launched this season and Smash still has the numbers they could do a switch back.

  • Oliver

    Hannibal was straight-to-series.

    I think Greenblatt will learn what Silverman learnt: straight-to-series does not work.

  • Oliver


    You’re deluding yourself. Smash is dead.

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