‘Under the Dome’ helps break summer rerun spell

June 22, 2013 • Entertainment

This undated publicity photo released by CBS Entertainment shows Colin Ford, as Joe, in a scene from the pilot episode of the TV series “Under the Dome,” premiering Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10 p.m. EST on the CBS Television Network. The series is based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel. (AP Photo/CBS Entertainment, Michael Tackett)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s no summer break anymore for broadcast networks, with overachieving cable competitors regularly airing new series instead of succumbing to rerun laziness.

That’s why NBC has “America’s Got Talent,” Fox is airing “So You Think You Can Dance” and ABC scheduled the flirty “Mistresses.” Over at CBS, star students have teamed up for the ambitious “Under the Dome.”

The 13-episode drama series debuting Monday is based on the best-selling Stephen King book and includes heavyweights Steven Spielberg, Neal Baer (“ER,” ”Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Jack Bender (“Lost”) and comic-book and TV scribe Brian K. Vaughan as executive producers.

Such firepower counts in this increasingly competitive season, said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler. It’s even more crucial because CBS is rolling the dice with a drama, atypical first-run network fare in June.

“There is a lot of original content on-air during the summer, and there will be choices for viewers. Login to read more

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