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).
  • Jt

    The move is to see how well it does this does not mean its a lock for another season.

  • Lori

    Dateline will air Wednesday at 8:00 after Whitney finishes, and they are airing two episodes of 1600 Penn on March 21 and 28 to finish it’s order before the end of March, according to The Futon Critic.

  • Alex

    This is off topic but are you really calling The Following a hit for Fox and the last few Monday’s a ‘huge success’ for Fox? It dropped against The Bachelor finale is it really going to hold its audience opposite The Voice and Dancing with the Stars when they return? I can’t help but feel Fox have renewed this one way too soon and should at the very least have waited to see how it did when The Voice came back on the air.

  • Brian

    The problem with NBC is they don’t care about trying to save a show..all they have to do is move Smash back to following The Voice and i bet the ratings would rise like mad..but they are so content to just let it die..Idiots!

  • Petar Ivanov

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

    You know i am not sure but i think they order Hannibal without pilot. The same way they do with dracula amd crossbones. They film them in Great Britain its cheaper for network and that is why they do it this way without pilot order. May be in the end “pilot order” thing will be like Winston Churchill democracy idea:
    “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

    May be nbc should stop order series because titles sound good or because actors or else(fox new comedy is already with 22 episodes) and wait and see at least pilot first. If this is tradition and smart people before years deside that this is better way to go(first watch pilots and than deside order or not to series) than may be nbc should do same thing. Even if is filmed somehere in Europe and is cheap.

  • MDM

    Might be trying out Go On on Thursdays to see how it does and condition viewers to watch it there next season. Do not like the show in the slightest but I do think it will be renewed for some reason.

  • Thereasonsy

    @Oliver – if this was a normal network I wouldn’t even think of these arguments as to why Smash, or any show on NBC excluding the Voice would be picked up. It’s a simple fact, NBC is in major trouble and with that comes crazy decisions and “creative” programing choices: i.e. Mocking Bird Lane actually being shown on air. To be honest, I don’t think NBC knows what to do because they aren’t just losing they are getting their asses kicked. They have to rebuild one night at a time and until that happens who knows what they are going to do.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Oliver who said:
    Hannibal was straight-to-series.
    I think Greenblatt will learn what Silverman learnt: straight-to-series does not work.

    Before i saw your opinion i wrote something exactly for that thing. You can read it on page 4. Again i will agree with you 100 %.

    ps Only plus is that these straight-to-series are cheap and filmed in GB or other European contries. But not sure how they choose them because titles spound good or what…i mean dracula crossbones all of them are this way and to be fair titles sound good.

    But not sure why fox comedy is not only without pilot but even 22 ep order. What is the logic here?

  • Oliver

    NBC is airing them on Saturday after American Ninja Warrior recaps and before SNL repeats. It costs $4m/episode. It’s getting worse ratings than SVU repeats.

    Smash is dead.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Dateline will air Wednesday at 8:00 after Whitney finishes, and they are airing two episodes of 1600 Penn on March 21 and 28 to finish it’s order before the end of March,

    wow this is real mess. What will air when???? This will be real question in next months for nbc. Its big mess. Even for me is hard to remmember which shows is move and where is moved and where will air one episode on what day and on orher day will air other episode.

  • MichaelChickless

    I’ll gladly comfort Kat McPhee in her time of pain.

  • MichaelChickless

    @Alex “are you really calling The Following a hit for Fox”

    Uh…. Yes?

  • Douglas from Brazil

    NBC should put Hannibal at 9pm Tuesdays timeslot now that they moved Go On to Thursdays and The New Normal finale early.

  • rob60990

    Ready For Love looks DOA. What a waste of a good lead-in. NBC needs to get their act together. This is such a mess.

  • rob60990

    Oh and whats airing Wednesday at 8 after Whitney ends?

  • Chris

    I worry about Hannibal. NBC clearly has no confidence in it, which is *crazy* if you stop to think about it. I mean, they’ve already conceded that they have no idea what works and what doesn’t, barely anyone is watching them anyway, and if any network should be comfortable with failure at this point, it’s them. So what do they gain by shuffling awkwardly and keeping their eyes on the floor when premiering new shows? It’s true that a network’s confidence and enthusiasm can’t make a bad show into an instant hit, but lack of confidence can definitely turn ANY show into an instant failure.

    NBC needs to figure out that they’re the network with nothing left to lose. They have no reputation at risk: even the smallest victory would be fantastic for them, while even the largest failure is just business as usual.

    I suspect just from the casting news that Hannibal turned into much more of a Bryan Fuller show than NBC anticipated (with all the Nielsen-alienating quirkiness that implies), but c’mon, already. Fox already has a dour and utterly joyless serial killer drama, and there’s no point in trying to compete with them there. Why *not* try a Bryan Fuller show? Hey, Pushing Daisies did well for one season, and that’s one season more than most of NBC’s schedule can manage!

  • Rare

    In addition to this spelling the end of Smash I’d say it’s also pretty bad news for The New Normal, with NBC ending it before it has the chance to have much of a post-Voice resurgence.

  • Dan S

    Wow, Smash getting dumped on Sat. Even Harry’s Law got better respect & finished its run on Sundays last season. I think Go On could eek out a pity renewal as spackle next season but I still think both Whitney & TNN are bear chow.

  • Tom

    Smash being dead is no surprise, and yeah, that they won’t even give Hannibal a single Voice lead-in does suggest that they think its beyond salvaging (that and the late date).

    Personally, I view this as a bad sign for Go On. If they are waiting to see how it performs on Thursdays… then they haven’t committed to bringing it back yet.

    Good lord, can you imagine if Parks and maybe a spackle order of Community are all that come back next year? They apparently have sixteen – yes, 16 – comedy pilots (not counting the MJF show going directly to series), so I could imagine NBC wiping the slate nearly clean, even if they have comedy on 2 or more nights.

  • Dan

    So basically this confirms that Smash is dead and NBC is trying to save Go On.

    Not sure what to make of The New Normal. If NBC doubled up on Whitney in the beginning of March then they could’ve gotten the show out of the way by March 20 and a new show scheduled by March 27.

    At least all of 1600 Penn will air and its better than Parks repeats. Those are better reserved for Summer.

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