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NBC restructured schedule - "Smash" to Saturday


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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:39 PM

The only real question is "what took so long???" From The Hollywood Reporter article:

NBC has made a slew of scheduling changes for the coming weeks, as The Voice prepares its return.

Struggling sophomore drama Smash has been relegated to the Saturday slot beginning April 6 and will continue to air in the 9 p.m. slot until the 17-episode season ends, the network said Wednesday.

In its place, NBC has slotted upcoming unscripted relationship show Ready for Love from producer Eva Longoria on April 9 with a two-hour premiere beginning at 9 p.m. following The Voice, which launches season four March 25.

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Other changes: Matthew Perry sitcom Go On will air this season's final two installments on Thursdays at 9:30, behind The Office, on April 4 and 11, a crucial test for its survival. The New Normal will air a one-hour season finale on April 2, while Whitney wraps up its season with a one-hour episode on March 27.

NBC had a stellar fall, thanks mostly to Sunday Night Football and The Voice, but saw ratings plummet in January when both of those shows were off the schedule. The Voice returns March 25 along with new drama Revolution, another bright spot, after a four-month break.


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:23 PM

Is it any wonder people cautioned about two or three programs making or breaking a channel (a la AMC).

I'd rather they throw their weight behind Sing Off as The Voice is too much like a competitor's very successful show. Sure, the show is keeping NBC somewhat relevant but there has to be something different that won't have to go head-to-head against a ten year juggernaut.

I'm pretty much done with the personal drama train wrecks that these shows seem to feature. I'm drawn to talent, not travail. I want to feel happy for the contestants, not sorry.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 06:17 AM

For fans of the show, did you enjoy those last two performances as much as the Mrs. and I? We thought they were great.

 

 


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:47 AM

Saw them ... loved 'em.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:18 AM

Sadly I gave up on this one about 2 episodes into the last season. I thought the performances were great -- how could they not be with the spectacular Ms. Hilty -- but the writing was so painful.
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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:49 AM

Sadly I gave up on this one about 2 episodes into the last season. I thought the performances were great -- how could they not be with the spectacular Ms. Hilty -- but the writing was so painful.

I thought about doing the same thing.  In fact, my wife calls it a "a distracting and convoluted mess of sub-plots".

 

Nonetheless, I continue to watch.  I think the musical value far exceeds the failings of the writers, and for that reason alone, I'm sorry that the series will soon go away.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

I think the musical value far exceeds the failings of the writers, and for that reason alone, I'm sorry that the series will soon go away.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:10 PM

I almost gave up a few episodes ago when no one was singing. Just a few lines by Anna or something. I really miss seeing Karen singing. She gives me goosebumps.
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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:21 PM

Is it any wonder people cautioned about two or three programs making or breaking a channel (a la AMC)...

 

If a program could break a channel, Do No Harm would have been one deadly coffin nail. I don't think one program can break any channel.

 

Making a channel is a different story. Almost every success story about a cable channel is that it found that one program or two that basically built the channel the way DiMaggio or Mantle built the Yankees. There are a lot of examples, from HBO to FX to TLC to Bravo. AMC is a prime example.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:46 PM

If a program could break a channel, Do No Harm would have been one deadly coffin nail. I don't think one program can break any channel.

 

Making a channel is a different story. Almost every success story about a cable channel is that it found that one program or two that basically built the channel the way DiMaggio or Mantle built the Yankees. There are a lot of examples, from HBO to FX to TLC to Bravo. AMC is a prime example.

 

Agree.

 

Knowing and satisfying your audience is what will make or break a network. Anyone remember the break in Olympic coverage to show us a preview of a soon-to-be cancelled show?  Makes you wonder about the intelligence behind the feathers.


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:45 PM

In slightly hopeful news for the series, Two-Hour "Smash" Season Finale to Air on Sunday, May 26 from 9-11 PM.

 



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:33 AM

I almost gave up a few episodes ago when no one was singing. Just a few lines by Anna or something.

 

They should take a lesson from Glee, which just got renewed for 2 more years. I doubt many folks watch it for the story.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:17 PM

They should take a lesson from Glee, which just got renewed for 2 more years. I doubt many folks watch it for the story.

Agree totally.  In fact, the stories were so bad on Glee that I gave up.  The music was not worth the agenda being shoved down my throat.  But the music was pretty phenomenal the first two years.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:55 PM

Agree totally.  In fact, the stories were so bad on Glee that I gave up.  The music was not worth the agenda being shoved down my throat.  But the music was pretty phenomenal the first two years.

 

 

 

I agree with you and Steve. I too stopped watching Glee because the story line stopped making sense.  My only recollections now are the music.  I'm reminded of it every day when I play my MP3 player.

 

Unlike Glee, and for all it's convoluted story lines, Smash still holds my viewing interest. Mostly though, it's all about the songs and their settings.

 

I'll be sorry to see it go.


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:47 AM

Not that I really expect it to happen, but I would love to see the full production of Bombshell and Hit List.....would be a great send off for the series if/when it got cancelled.


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:02 AM

Not that I really expect it to happen, but I would love to see the full production of Bombshell and Hit List.....would be a great send off for the series if/when it got cancelled.

 

Same here, elaclair. I haven't been to the theater in years but these two productions would change that instantly. If only...


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 01:53 PM

IMHO, best Smash episode ever last night. After all that led up to it, Jimmy's "Love I meant to say" totally got to me. And kudos to the writers for the flashback scenes. "Brilliant!", as Derek would say.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:48 AM

IMHO, best Smash episode ever last night. After all that led up to it, Jimmy's "Love I meant to say" totally got to me. And kudos to the writers for the flashback scenes. "Brilliant!", as Derek would say.

 

Loved it.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:49 AM

It was wonderful!  But I still want to see Karen sing!!!  Seriously, she is the star, along with Ivy.  And it has been weeks since they featured her.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:03 AM

It was wonderful!  But I still want to see Karen sing!!!  Seriously, she is the star, along with Ivy.  And it has been weeks since they featured her.

 

That's what happens when you have more talent than air time.  

 

I was amazed at Tom's wonderful rendition of Billy Joel's "Vienna".

 

They are all so good!


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