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"Smash" Heads to Saturday Death Slot

I warned you in Wednesday’s blog that NBC’s “Smash” had become so ridiculous and so low-rated that it was in danger of being canceled.

Several hours later on Wednesday, NBC made an announcement that was hardly a bombshell. It is moving the show from Tuesdays to Saturdays, where series are sent to die or play out their final episodes.

On April 6, “Smash” will air at 9 p.m. Saturday and finish its entire run of 17 episodes.

The move of “Smash” is one of several programming moves being made by NBC, which is back in the ratings gutter and appears to be rearranging chairs on the Titanic.

The comedy “Whitney” will have its season finale at 8 p.m. Wednesday March 27. Oh, you didn’t know “Whitney” was still on? Me, neither.

The reality show “Ready for Love” replaces “Smash” on Tuesdays on April 9, opening with a two-hour episode that only fans of ABC's “The Bachelor” can possibly care about or endure.

Encore episodes of “The Voice” will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on March 31 and April 7.

The Matthew Perry series “Go On” moves to 9:30 p.m. Thursday on April 4 and the season finale airs a week later in the same time slot.

The one-hour season finale of “The New Normal” will air at 9 p.m. April 2.

On April 14, through the end of May “Celebrity Apprentice” will expand to two hours on Sundays, which should test America’s ability to watch Donald Trump.  The expansion of his show says all that needs to be said about what desperate shape NBC is in in prime time.  


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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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