CBS Announces Summer Schedule Including Premiere Dates for 'Under the Dome', 'Unforgettable' & 'Big Brother'

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January 12th, 2013

via press release:



New Reality Competition Series Based on the Hit UK Format "The Great British Bake Off," Premieres Wednesday, May 29, 8:00-9:00 PM

"Under the Dome," a New Drama Based on Stephen King's Best-Selling Novel and Produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment,

Debuts Monday, June 24, 10:00 PM

Expanded "Big Brother" Gets an Earlier Summer Premiere on

Wednesday, June 26 at 9:00 PM


The Second Season of "Unforgettable" Premieres Sunday, July 28, 9:00 PM


CBS announced today summer premiere dates for two original scripted dramas, a new alternative series and an expanded season of BIG BROTHER.


A new reality competition series based on the hit UK format "The Great British Bake Off," premieres Wednesday, May 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). The series features skilled amateur Americans competing in baking challenges with one ultimately being crowned the winner.


UNDER THE DOME, a new 13-episode serialized drama based on Stephen King's best-selling novel and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, opens Monday, June 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). HAWAII FIVE-0 will move to Friday (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) during the summer.


UNDER THE DOME is the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away.


The summer reality hit BIG BROTHER will have a longer edition this summer, premiering two weeks earlier than previous years on Wednesday, June 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).


BIG BROTHER will be broadcast three nights weekly — Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT, beginning July 2), the LIVE eviction show hosted by Julie Chen will be broadcast on Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM live ET/delayed PT, beginning July 3) and Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT, beginning June 30). The Wednesday live eviction show will move to 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT on July 17 after the reality baking series completes its season order.


NCIS: LOS ANGELES will move to Tuesday (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) beginning July 2.

UNFORGETTABLE, starring Poppy Montgomery as a police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that everything is embedded in her mind, and Dylan Walsh as her ex-boyfriend and partner, returns for its second season on Sunday, July 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).


UNFORGETTABLE replaces summer rebroadcasts of THE GOOD WIFE.


CBS Wednesday, Effective May 29

8:00-9:00 PM UNTITLED BAKING SERIES (Premiere)




CBS Monday, Effective June 24



9:00-9:30 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS

9:30-10:00 PM MIKE & MOLLY

10:00-11:00 PM UNDER THE DOME (Premiere)


CBS Wednesday, Effective June 26


9:00-10:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Season Premiere)



CBS Sunday, Effective June 30

7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES

8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE

10:00-11:00 PM THE MENTALIST


CBS Tuesday, Effective July 2

8:00-9:00 PM NCIS

9:00-10:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES


CBS Wednesday, Effective July 17

8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (New Time Period)




CBS Sunday, Effective July 28

7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES

8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER

9:00-10:00 PM UNFORGETTABLE (Premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM THE MENTALIST



The executive producer of the new reality competition series is Richard McKerrow and produced by Love Productions USA.


UNDER THE DOME is produced by CBS Television Studios in association Amblin Television. Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, and Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the television adaptation, will serve as executive producers. Acclaimed director Niels Arden Oplev will direct the first episode.


BIG BROTHER is executive produced by Emmy Award winner Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan in association with Endemol USA.


UNFORGETTABLE is produced by Sony Television Studios in association with CBS Television Studios. Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Ed Redlich are executive producers.


  • Cory

    I think it’s odd they’d have a press release before even deciding on a name for that cooking show.

  • John K.

    Big Brother in it’s 14 season history has always aired 1 episode on Thursday nights. Maybe CBS will be airing 4 Comedies on Thursday nights? Or it will repeat POI.

  • SJ

    Why not just call it “The Great American Bake-Off”? :D

  • BOTR

    With Celebrity Big Brother being a huge hit in the UK, I don’t understand why CBS hasn’t yet done a celebrity. I’d much rather watch a bunch of C-Z list celebrities backstab each other than average Joes and Janes wanting their 15 minutes of fame.

  • Joe

    This schedule is the answer to any and all speculation on what shows on CBS will be canceled….CSI:NY, Vegas are out….Blue Bloods, H5O, The Good Wife and The Mentalist will stay…..Rules will also be back and I dare say so will Elementary as they are both on the schedule.

    With that said I could see CBS expand their comedies and I could see them not expanding….but IMO they will expand.

    (New) *Rules on stand-by
    2 Broke Girls
    Mike & Molly

    Elementary (New Time)

    Criminal Minds

    The Big Bang Theory
    (New) Mom
    2.5 Men

    Undercover Boss
    The Good Wife (New time)
    Blue Bloods

    The Amazing Race
    The Mentalist

  • Leverage-Fan

    “Unforgettable” and “The Mentalist” are a good match. Do someone know if Carrie Wells’ search for her sisters murder will be continued? All the cast changes and a new location make me wonder!

  • PhilipM

    @SJ: I considered H5O a likely candidate to move to either Sundays or Friday next year when the show was struggling mightily earlier this season. Now it’s in the 2.3-2.5 range again, which isn’t all that bad. Additionally, H5O gets to air a new episode out of the AFC championship game on Sunday, January 20.

    Why would CBS push H5O like that if the plan was to move the show to Sundays anyway? The episode on January 20 is supposed to help the show draw viewers. Moving H5O to Sunday next season, however, means that it’s no longer about viewers. Instead, it would only be about piling up enough episodes due to the sweet syndication deal with TNT.

    Plus, CBS is airing H5O episodes on Fridays during the summer, so a move to Fridays next season might be just as likely as a move to Sundays. Then again, CBS aired a one-off episode of TM on a Friday last season and proceeded to move it to Sundays.

    Long stories short, it’s almost impossible to predict what CBS is “likely” to do next season.

  • Mon

    I was expecting CBS would announce that this would be CSI: NY’s final season. I mean, if they’ve already made up their minds, then why not just announce it now and save the fans, cast and crew from worrying?

  • joethehobo


    The UK edition of Big Brother is almost nothing like the US version. The US version is a competition series whereas the UK version just has people sitting around all day waiting to be voted out by the public instead of being voted out by each other. There’s absolutely no strategy involved whatsoever.

    It’s interesting that CBS is going to air the series on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, since it’s been Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday in the past. I wonder why.

  • Networkman

    I feel CBS should pick up 3 comedies and 2 new dramas next season. That being said, I would have loved to see H5O on Tuesday @10pm during the Summer airing behind NCIS:LA. Right now, I’m trying to figure out the two timeslots that the network will use for the new dramas. If NCIS:LA moves to Tuesday @10pm permanently, could CBS be thinking about putting a new drama behind NCIS or could Person of Interest be the perfect fit on Tuesday @9pm. Thursday would move likely see expansion of a 2 hour comedy block. So either Person of Interest or Elementary remains on that night.

    And I don’t understand the reason for Unforgettable starting so late in the Summer as well. CBS could be testing it to see how it will hold up in the Fall. Will more episodes be picked up? It may remain there until midseason when The Good Wife comes back for 16 episode final season.

  • Dan

    No Friend Me but my guess is that it will be burned off Saturdays at 8 alongside the remaining 7 eps of cancelled Partners

  • Rita

    What about H50 moves to 9PM Tuesdays when Big Brother ends

  • Melanie

    Can’t wait for Big Brother!!

  • Petar Ivanov

    YES! They clean POI slot not BB this year on thursday at 9. I am in love with Nina Tassler. She is best television executive. Thanks. Really not care for anything else.

  • Petar Ivanov

    As always CBS first with a lot of confidence they are #1 network this year. And may be years ahead.

    2 or 3 surprises for me.

    1 I expected friend me not rules on that slot. If Rules is there for the summer may be will get one more season.

    2 ncis la on tuesday at 10 may be nsis second spin off will take 9 pm.

    3 TGW will end or will be move to fridays.


    Pretty interesting summer schedule

  • Mayans

    Bake Off won’t work in USA and will flop big time for the same reason why “Take Me Out” also flopped. UK general audience is different to the American one. just a matter of taste, no pun intended.

  • The Cool Max

    I thought Rules was coming back in February? We have to wait til June?

  • TV#1

    The serialized drama is music to my ears. I am so happy that CBS is taking a chance on a serialized drama. I hope it works out,so they do more of them.

    Also, I think H50 may stay on Fridays for next season. I can definitely see them airing it on Fridays at 9.

  • s0303

    weird that unforgettable is starting so late…these summer shows can’t do any worse than 3 or dogs in the city, can they??? i’m hoping the repeats of the good wife suggest a renewal (fingers crossed)…

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