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).
  • Sunny

    So i guess they want Ready for Love to be the NBC version of The Bachelor? Oh NBC… your schedule is so messed up and it’s not smart you guys are juicing out The Voice… but i guess that it’s your only savior.

  • Brian J

    All of the comments about NBC being beyond repair and rearranging the chairs on the Titantic are silly and tiresome, but at least they aren’t absurdly negative like they are at Deadline.

    Anyway, a few points:

    1. Why oh why isn’t NBC putting Hannibal on Tuesdays? Does it really feel the show is that bad? If not, why not give it maximum exposure? They’ve still got a few weeks before April, so why not make the switch now? The Voice should return okay, if not to very big numbers, and it could easily be repeated on Saturdays so that people could catch up. Giving it a chance for success and having it turn out to be one would mean NBC has three (relative) hit shows in the past two seasons, and that’s nothing to sneeze at.

    2. There were plenty of reasons to bring back Smash for another season. It’s unlike other shows on most other networks, it was kind highly rated both in general but especially for NBC, and it did very well with wealthy viewers. That it turned out to be a failure isn’t anything astonishing. NBC simply has to move on.

    3. Maybe it’s me, but a lot of their pilots for next year, at least on the comedy side, sound good if not great.

    4. They’re so NOT out of the game. They just need to be smart and focused. If they use the Michael J. Fox show smartly, they will be fine.

    5. Are the other networks in such great shape?

  • NBC

    Why are you so absolutely obsessed with the Michael J. Fox show? NBC is doing bad, people just aren’t watching the network. Considering the implosion they went through just this half of the season, I don’t really think they can magically turn it around soon.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    For anyone who replied to my last comment, I truly didn’t remember the Winter Olympics were coming up. But there’s also no way in hell Michael J. Fox’s show isn’t used as a self starter. Regardless, a lot of you make valid points :)

  • Tony ^_^

    “Smash”… :o

  • Alan

    Smash is so dead. I blame Joshua Safran, he ruined Gossip Girl and now Smash. I hope he doesn’t get another show to run (or kill)

  • Patrick Gillease

    I’m sad about “SMASH” but the firing of last season’s cast memeber’s was mostly a mistake, and adding the younger crowd this season with their Broadway dream show was totally unbelieveable, badly acted, and boring. They should have kept the focus on “Bombshell.” I agree about firing the new show-runner. He only ruined the show even more! SMASH crash indeed :(

  • Brian J


    Who says The Voice is being over exposed?

    NBC was only to run repeats in the spots where The Voice itself is being repeated, and it will probably do better than those repeats. That’s an improvement for NBC.

    Also, as odd as it is that NBC isn’t putting Hannibal on Tuesdays, it might be a good move to put Ready for Love behind The Voice. In the short term, it might give them the best ratings. Over the longer term, it might allow the show to become a hit itself, at which point NBC could use it to build up another night.

    Whatever the case, NBC needs to be concerned with two things: that the Voice comes back pretty strong and that Revolution does the same. If both of those shows are solid, it can have some breathing room for next season. If not, it’s a much worse story.

  • Justin121

    I hate people who write Goon instead of Go On.

    You saved one space AND made it more difficult to read!


  • k:Alex

    Hannibal must have the voice lead-in so there is one new hit, they are so desperate..

  • Brian J


    The thing is, what other networks have hit shows from this season? CBS has Elementary, and Fox has The Following, but ABC? Scandal is from last season and has grown nicely, but what from this season has worked? NBC, for its part, has Revolution and, increasingly, Chicago Fire. (I wouldn’t have bought that show in the first place, but it beat an original CSI a few weeks ago! That’s pretty amazing!) It night also have Hannibal. It’s struggling with comedy development, but so is every network.

    None of these moves suggest things are going well, but damage control is damage control. You seem to think like I do, to some degree, in that NBC is trying to salvage the short term. It wouldn’t surprise me if these moves actually managed to increase its ratings–because, say, The Voice repeats on a Sunday get a 1.1 instead of a .8 for Betty White’s show. And while small, that’d be an increase. There’s also the chance that Ready for Love clicks because it’s after The Voice. If it does, NBC has another reality hit on its hands, which it kind of needs.

    The biggest worry is that The Voice and Revolution come back far short of what they were doing in the fall. If they don’t, NBC still has a lot of breathing room.

    Were in charge of NBC, I’d do the following things, assuming a few things like Chicago Fire stays on Wednesdays and Parenthood is renewed:

    1. Move America’s Got Talent to Wednesdays and Thursdays in the summer. Put Parenthood on Wednesdays at 9:00 and Grimm on Thursdays at 9:00 with AGT before them so that they can be exposed to new viewers. In the fall, schedule appropriate shows around them.

    2. Focus on three new comedies only in the fall, one of which would be the new MJF show, as that is the biggest asset it has. Put that show on Tuesdays at 9:00, followed by another single cam comedy, followed by a new drama at 10:00. Similarly, shorten The Voice on Mondays on Mondays by one half hour and put a new multi cam after it.

    3. When these shows are successful, shorten The Voice again and put in more comedies. On Mondays this would mean paring it back so that NBC would have two multi cams from 9:00-10:00. On Tuesdays, this would mean making it a half hour, putting one new comedy there, or taking it off the night entirely, putting two new comedies from 8:00-9:00. If it’s off the night, make The Voice a Sunday and Monday show. On Sundays, put new comedies from 9:00-10:00 and something Hannibal, if it’s around, or a new midseason drama.

    4. Put The Biggest Loser on Fridays at 8:00, give a final season of SVU at 9:00, and put a new drama at 10:00. Use The Olympics to promote a new drama at 9:00.

    5. Fill the schedule with new shows, but stagger them and don’t pull them right away if they don’t work.

    I really think this broad plan would help NBC a lot.

  • Ccemerson

    Hannibal Premeir is scheduled on NBC’s website as Thursday April 4th.

  • CrimTV

    Why didn’t they move Hannibal to Tuesday at 9pm, do they seriously think it has a better shot in the Thursday death slot?!

  • Dan S

    I really can’t say how Hannibal will premiere but it only takes 1 show to break the deathslot curse. Case in point is Grimm where everything they previously slated on Fridays bombed. The 1 thing going in Hannibals favor is instant name recognition & a genre people aren’t afraid of. Witness the success of Dexter, The Following, Criminal Minds & Hannibal fits right in. While I would’ve preferred a Grimm/Hannibal pairing after The Voice on Tues you deal with the hand dealt to you. It has moderate competition at 10pm & I know Elementary & Scandal aren’t going to kill it. Hannibal if it’s any good will rise on its own merits.

  • Jennifer

    The New Normal should have always aired after The Voice. It would have appealed to a bigger, younger audience. Go On fell to half of its audience after the premiere. The New Normal kept all 7 million persons for its second episode. That’s something. Of course the show’s writing has turned it into a mess. By airing the finale after The Voice, NBC might want to secure a good excuse for its renewal. After all, Murphy might end up re-tooling it a little a bit. He admitted that the comedy turned out to be more of a drama than a comedy. Really, we all noticed. So my guess is that if a second season takes places it will be an actual comedy, just like the first episodes, where demos were good.

  • toadytoady

    To get the best return out of SVU they need to put it back to its original slot of 10pm. They have used it this season at 9pm to give a leg up to Chicago Fire,but Chicago Fire should be able to stand alone now and may do better at 9pm because its content does not involve sex crimes.The move to 9pm was to CF’s advantage, not to SVU’s. And in a climate of so many failing shows they need to hang onto this veteran for a while longer.

  • ali

    SMASH should have premiered after the voice. It was doing well after it last year. They killed it off…

  • jupiter3765

    smash is cancelled now lets hope body of proof gets renewed

  • PurpleDrazi

    NBC is like a boxer up against the ropes. They can’t fight back. All they can do is try and cover themselves and prevent too much damage until the bell rings.

  • jupiter3765

    abc has nashville as their hit for this season its been doing decently enough to get an renwal

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