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).
 
  • Ultima

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

    NBC probably had to do a blind commit to get the show on their network.

  • Ultima

    @Douglas
    I hate these moves that networks do.It always destroys the shows.

    Swing and a miss on the cause and effect.

    The shows are already dead, that’s why the networks move them.

  • Dan

    Question – Will Smash still air Tuesdays on March 19, 26, and April 2?

  • a p garcia

    SMASH is just a wonderful show that never cought on, sad to say.

  • Ultima

    @Rebecca
    Nothing like having your season [most likely series] finale airing over Memorial Day weekend.

    Just like Harry’s Law! It can be a new NBC tradition… ;)

  • Dan

    Yeah these moves are done to get the comedies out of the way as quickly as possible since NBC doesnt want to waste 4 Tuesday post Voice slots in April with Go On and The New Normal so the solution here is to air new eps in place of repeats and air another show post Voice. Smash is already dead so a Saturday burnoff is the best for the show.

    @Ultima & Petar – Even a 22 episode blind commitment for a Michael J Fox show couldnt hurt NBC compared to the mess they have now. They seriously need to rebuild Thursdays.

  • Ultima

    @Dan
    Even a 22 episode blind commitment for a Michael J Fox show couldnt hurt NBC compared to the mess they have now

    I agree completely. There’s no possible way the show can lose more money than Smash! ;)

  • Dan

    Deadline reports that NBC is committed to keeping comedies on Tuesday next season.

    Yeah, that will work, from September-December and then from March-May. ;)

    Do us a favor NBC, air a drama post Voice Tuesdays at 9 and scale back on the comedies.

  • Rob

    I love the show and even accept all the little problems and quirks with the story development and character flaws. It’s unfortunate that the show developers have had sooo much drama behind the scenes (too many chefs in the kitchen). The show has great potential and just needs to find its voice and audience but as it looks right now it’s on its way to cancellation. Frankly this show would have been better with a little more edge/darker and dirtier like the entertainment industry really is and placed on a pay network like HBO or showtime. They try to be edgy with the undertone of drugs, sex, betrayal but it just comes across as fluff. We would have seen at least 6 seasons had they went in that direction. Oh well, I’ll take it for what it is and enjoy whatever little time I have left with this Broadway baby :).

  • Douglas from Brazil

    @Ultima,

    But the reason why they move(not including Smash)is that they think the ratings will increase and find a new audience which not happens in all cases(i.e. Cougar Town,Happy Endings,Apartment 23,Private Practice,Revenge).I know they move dead shows but it happens a lot with shows with good ratings.

  • psychic

    Is this the death toll for Smash?
    …stupid question that answers itself, of course it is.

  • Tim

    Wow…so many hours of reality crap (Apprentice, Ready for Love) AND repeats of soon-to-be over exposed ‘Voice’. At least ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ didn’t repeat episodes before it died a slow painful death. Agreed: just chairs on the Titanic.

  • Ultima

    @Douglas
    But the reason why they move(not including Smash)is that they think the ratings will increase and find a new audience

    Which scheduling moves are you looking at?

    They’re trying to get low rated shows off the air faster as well as giving the two new shows they have left a better chance to succeed.

    None of the scheduling moves (except for Ready for Love) indicates any confidence in the shows or any hope that their ratings will increase.

  • a p garcia

    I get the feeling some SUIT from NBC administration dept went to the SMASH sound stage and said these changes will make it a huge sucess.

  • Ultima

    @Tim
    At least ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ didn’t repeat episodes before it died a slow painful death.

    Slow painful death? In May 2000, the top three shows for the season were all Millionaire. 12 months later, ABC put the show on their fall schedule as cheap death-slot filler. It’s pretty much the quickest and most epic collapse of a #1 show ever.

    repeats of soon-to-be over exposed ‘Voice’

    What do you suggest they air on Sundays instead?

  • Zack

    What’s sad is that this website is mostly full of losers and people with no lives who pray on TV shows to do bad and anticipate their demise. Sure some shows don’t do well but that doesn’t mean that its crap, it just hasn’t found its proper audience. I hope SMASH finds a better place on a different TV network or cable channel like Bravo and have its time to shine. EVERY SHOW has its faults, some more than others. So some people should mind their own business and hope their shows do amazing cause one day they will be SMASHED into oblivion like all T.V. shows eventually do.

  • TVMAN

    Although NBC has The Voice. The rest of their schedule is a HOT MESS…. Their new comedies are at rock bottom. Ditto for their old ones. Their dramas are low – SVU/Chicago Fire… Or Dead – SMASH, Deception, Do No Harm. People give FOX a hard time on here, but at least they have The Following, Bones, New Girl, Raising Hope, Glee…

  • Ultima

    @Zack
    I hope SMASH finds a better place on a different TV network or cable channel like Bravo and have its time to shine. EVERY SHOW has its faults, some more than others.

    The fault with Smash is that it costs $4 million an episode and does worse than repeats of the dirt cheap Off Their Rockers.

    Sure, there’s some people who just bash shows, but on this thread especially, it’s just people acknowledging the fact that the show is dead – something we all predicted a month ago.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Dan – That Deadline comment about keeping comedies on Tuesday was about Fox, not NBC.

  • Oliver

    @Dan

    Deadline reports *Fox* is committed to keeping comedies on Tuesday next season. Which isn’t a huge surprise.

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