CBS Sets Summer Premiere Dates for Under the Dome, Unforgettable, and More

You've already planned your summer: Cram the kids into a rented bus and finally see the country's largest thermometer in Baker, California! Now it's CBS's turn. Television's barren season is rarely anything to get excited about, but CBS's summer has at least one intriguing entry that might cut into your months of catching up on old series.

The network is giving naval officers and crime-scene investigators a break and debuting an honest-to-goodness serialized science-fiction drama. This is kind of like your grandmother announcing plans to get her nipples pierced. But it is happening in the form of Under the Dome, a 13-part miniseries based on the Stephen King novel about a small town that gets cut off from the rest of the world when a huge see-through dome covers it up like the lid on a plate of fancy room service. Under the Dome gets the Monday 10pm slot starting June 24.

And that about does it for really interesting television for the network's summer. Big Brother's 15th edition will start earlier than past editions with a Wednesday, June 26 at 9pm premiere. It will air three times a week, adding Sundays and Tuesdays to its schedule. CBS is also giving the cooking show genre a go, debuting a still untitled baking competition that's based on the U.K.'s Great British Bake Off on Wednesday, May 29 at 8pm. And finally, the revived procedural Unforgettable (no, you aren't going crazy, the procedural was canceled and then miraculously saved) gets a second chance on Sundays, starting July 28 at 9pm.

Here's a quick recap for those who prefer the above information in chart form:

CBS 2013 SUMMER SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 29
8pm: Untitled Baking Series


Monday, June 24
10pm: Under the Dome


Wednesday, June 26
9pm: Big Brother


Sunday, June 30
8pm: Big Brother


Tuesday, July 2
9pm: Big Brother


Wednesday, July 17
8pm: Big Brother (new time slot)


Sunday, July 28
9pm: Unforgettable




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So excited to get more Big Brother!
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I could be wrong, but was the last sci-fi show CBS tried was Threshold? If there was another, someone remind me of it please. {And, OBTW, I really dug Threshold with Tyrion(GoT) and Data(ST:TNG) and Sally Jupiter(Watchmen) and Dillon(Aliens3).}
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Unforgettable, sadly, isn't.
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Unforgettable was the first show of that season that I quit on after just one episode. This is the same Unforgettable that was almost called The Rememberer, right?
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So excited for S2 of Unforgettable :D
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i may check Under the dome
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Kind of glad that Under The Dome will only have one season.
It is a good idea for a show but I suspect it would get a bit dull if it lasted for many seasons.
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Agreed, the story has a definite beginning, middle, and end. No spoilers but it couldn't go more than one season.
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I'll check out Under the Dome
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Excited to see Unforgettable back. But, I'm sad that they took Kevin Rankin off the show. He was my favourite character.
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EPA! EEEEEPA!
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Under the Dome; sounds exactly like that episode of Haven with the snow-globe. Except in 13 parts.
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I started reading the book sometime before that ep, and then when I saw it, I was like: "Please don't let this be the explanation..." :)
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Wait, did you finish the book? Was that the explanation?
If this is how Under the Dome is gonna be, I'd rather just have more episodes of Haven.
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I hope it isn't, hehe. No, I didn't finish it, yet. Boring stuff got in the way, but I really don't think they'd do that. They usually just get stuff from King's work and put it in a different way... Or was I the only one who thought of Cujo during the dog ep?
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That is NOT the explanation. Haven borrows heavily from Stephen King's body of work but it rarely presents it verbatim. Under the Dome is worth a look, I think it was a very cool concept.
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Under the Dome looks good. Hopefully it lives up to the hype. I am really excited that Unforgettable is back, I was initially undecided as to whether I liked it or not, but it grew on me. Of course the main summer show I am waiting for is Rookie Blue!
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Rookie Blue is really going to be back? Great, we loved it.
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I don't actually know if it's going to be back but I assume it will be. By which I assume it will be.
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i dont have time to keep up on books as much as i use to or as much as i would like! i just heard of "under the dome" just this past weekend! im wondering if he'll ever do cell
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Big Brother and Under the Dome. BB's my guilty pleasure weakness, and I really liked Under the Dome. Unfortunately nothing can save that ending.
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I dont watch any of CBS' dramas but Under The Dome looks interesting ill check it out.
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God, I love big brother. Best competition/reality show there is lol
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I did order King's novel to read. I'll do that before watching the show.
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Why the hard to follow Fancy Room Service Plate analogy... Why not just say like in the Simpsons Movie?
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only Under The Dome for me.. have my doubts about it being on CBS, but CBS seems to have one of the least cancel-happy group of execs so it probably has a better chance there, hopefully it won't turn into another Jericho situation though.
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I tried watching Unforgettable, I just couldn't forget how horribly bad it was.
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I started watching mid-season and really liked it.I'm glad to see it's returning.
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I really tried I made it to episode 11. Clearly wasn't meant for me.
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same here, unforgettable was in fact pretty forgettable lol
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why oh WHY did Under the Dome have to be on CBS?? I was so looking forward to it when I heard it was to be on Showtime. but Noooooo!. Such a good book, but like most King novels over 700 pages, the ending was a minor disappointment. Well, guess I will watch anyway. CBS, you win this time...
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Well, I dig red-heads... so Unforgettable is welcome. The show itself was alright... not awesome but alright. Just a similar twist on the detective shows airing.

Under the Dome... I never read the novel; though I did read a long-form summary of it so I know what went on in the novel. It CAN be interesting, but I think it would have been better off done by a Cable or even Premium Cable channel / studio. A 10PM slot DOES give it some wiggle room to go dark, but it's rare that a network exec has the brass-bells to push the envelope.

Because god forbid little Timmy see something his parents don't like on Network TV. I swear, too many parent groups have their fingers hovering over the nuke button (aka LETS BOYCOTT NETWORK X).
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Wouldn't a better place for the parent groups to have their fingers hovering over be the off button on their TVs?!? What better way to protect Timmy's precious little eyes? You know, actually fricking PARENT their own young'uns.

Sorry for the mini-rant. People demanding society be more responsible for kids than the kids' family/home environment annoy me.
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You're speaking to the choir (so to speak). What's "great" is when they flip out about a show they don't watch and never would.
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Haha, that schedule of Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother, Big Brother, looks ridiculous.

Anyway, I'll be watching Under the Dome.
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Under the Dome should be a fun time-waster, but since this will be on CBS, maybe "fun" is too strong of a word. I hope I'm wrong!
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Meh, for what it's worth... CBS has been doing quite well lately. Solid sitcoms AND drama (as far as Network TV goes).

It used to be it only had a couple shows either I or my friends cared about. Now most nights there's something on we want to watch. Granted, that's just anecdotal.
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Yeah, I also enjoy a few of their dramas (The Mentalist is my favorite) and sitcoms, but I wish CBS wasn't so afraid to try out something besides their usual crime procedurals. Under the Dome doesn't really count because it's being aired in the summer.

I doubt it, but hopefully next fall they'll experiment with something exciting and different. What have they got to lose? They'll still be #1 no matter what.
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