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TV GUIDE: Ask Matt: Old-Timers and Emmy Bait on Big Bang; Grimm, Hannibal, Southland RIP
May 13, 2013
by Matt Roush
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... Question: Is NBC trying to get rid of Grimm? It was on Fridays at 9/8c during the fall season and then returned after a three-month hiatus to the same time slot and now why are they switching the show to Tuesdays at 10/9c? I know they have renewed the show for next fall, but the networks are killing good shows by constantly switching the time slots and putting the shows on hiatus for three or four months at a time. Why don't they just finish the fall season in January and then start a new series in its place for the rest of the season? — Jerry
Matt Roush: Of course NBC isn't trying to do harm to Grimm. In this case, moving Grimm was a sign of good faith, taking the show temporarily out of the Friday graveyard onto a night when more people are watching TV. (It's moving back to Fridays in the fall, paired with a new Dracula series.) But, to be honest, this particular last-minute move was motivated more by desperation, given that it only happened after the instant collapse of the new dating show Ready for Love opened up a slot on Tuesday. I do agree that Grimm's scheduling this season was unusual, more like cable in the way that its season was split into two. I'm OK with the way Grimm's season was separated into two "pods" — don't forget that NBC launched Grimm earlier than most shows, in late August right after the Olympics, which is why it took such a long break before resuming its run in the spring. It may be true that shows like this would be better off if they were shown straight through, but fans would no doubt gripe just as loudly if it disappeared for half a year or more between seasons. The good news where Grimm is concerned is that its fans seem willing to watch it wherever and whenever NBC chooses to air it.
Grimm airs Tuesday at 10/9C on NBC. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EPISODE TRAILER FOR 'THE WAKING DEAD,' AIRING MAY 14, 2013.