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.


  • Ultima

    The Celebrity Apprentice saved The Apprentice.

    Fixed it for you.

    The Apprentice was suffering ratings drops of more than 20% every season. The celebrity format boosted the ratings and has brought them back into a reasonable year-to-year decline (up until last season anyways).

  • Ray


  • UK-International

    I hope Bake Off works for America with out to many changes to the formula. They need to find 2 very good presenters that you wouldn’t expect to present a cooking format.

  • Doug

    I think that this season was CBS’s best window for expanding to 8 comedies. Unfortunately, they just did not have the development they needed to do so.

    Next season they will be contending with trying to replace HIMYM (which was close to ending this season, supposedly), and likely 2.5 Men, which is super expensive at this point. CBS never spreads itself too thin – if anything, they are overly cautious. That’s the biggest reason why I can’t see them expanding sitcoms next season unless they have an amazing development season.

  • TVDude

    I two would take a good development season, I agree with that. I just don’t think it’s out of the question either. I think CBS wants to expand the block on Thursdays. It’s just a matter of getting the right shows on board. The problem they’re going to run into at the end of next season is How I Met Your Mother will most likely be over, Two and a Half Men will probably be in question, as always, The Big Bang Theory itself will be aging.

    Even if Rules of Engagement survives this season, which I honestly think is a 50-50, CBS might actually have to drop the Thursday block after next year unless they expand it. There would be too many new shows at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season if they left it at three hours. Then, if they renew Rules this season, where are they going to put it? CBS will have some big risks over the next couple of years since they have too many shows that “could” end.

    To list them, these shows have been in question for renewal this season and, if renewed, they probably will next season too:
    How I Met Your Mother
    Rules of Engagement
    Two and a Half Men

    Then, will The Big Bang Theory join this list? After the 2013-2014 season, contracts will be up for negotiation again and it could become like Men where some of the cast is wanting to leave. So it’ll be kind of messy in CBS comedy land next year.

  • David Howell

    If CBS have a good comedy development season then they should expand their comedy time, if only to develop a replacement for HIMYM. They can always contract it back down to 3 hours again in 2014-15 if nothing hits.

    This is something I’ve expected them to do, yes – a one-shot expansion.

    TGW, Mentalist, and CSI NY (albeit on a Friday) are getting ratings so low that even a Rob/Partners comedy block wouldn’t have done worse.

    HIMYM is unlikely to have more than one more season, 2.5 Men possibly ditto. Use the one bonus hour to groom new comedies, then assuming HIMYM doesn’t continue beyond May 2014, just cancel two other shows instead of one (or keep one around for midseason/spackle duty).

    The only problem is CBS would need to pick up three new sitcoms to extend their sitcom time (assuming Friend Me is dead), or two if you give Rules a full season order. That’s tough.

    Maybe what CBS could do is order two new comedies (or one plus Rules), and stick one in as an 8:30 filler in football season after 60 Minutes? Rules, as the #1 spackle show in television, could fit that perfectly. TAR (which must be running out of places to go to, let alone anything else) would go down to one cycle airing midseason.

    Though if I’m playing fantasy scheduler I might go with something bigger like this:
    MON: 8 HIMYM, 8:30 2BG, 9 2.5 Men, 9:30 M&M, 10 new drama
    TUE: 8 NCIS, 9 NCIS LA, 10 new drama
    WED: 8 NCIS spinoff, 9 CM, 10 CSI
    THU: 8 TBBT, 8:30 Mom, 9 POI, 10 Elementary
    FRI: 8 unscripted, 9 Hawaii 5-0, 10 BB
    SUN: 7 60 Minutes, 8 TAR, 9 Survivor, 10 Mentalist

    When are CBS going to stop wasting millions of dollars on Friday night lost causes? They should keep it as a night for shows whose only value is in syndication, and Hawaii 5-0 is clearly such a show. Moving Survivor to Sundays alongside TAR creates a naturally compatible double bill and opens up a prime slot for the new NCIS spinoff without disturbing Thursdays (which is the most successful all-scripted night on network television by some considerable margin).

  • Doug

    I think the plan was to go with a two hour block this season, but there was an 11th hour change of mind. Otherwise, it makes no sense to hide 2.5 Men behind TBBT, unless the plan was to have 2.5 Men at 9pm, but they had no luck on the new comedy front.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @I think the plan was to go with a two hour block this season, but there was an 11th hour change of mind. Otherwise, it makes no sense to hide 2.5 Men behind TBBT, unless the plan was to have 2.5 Men at 9pm, but they had no luck on the new comedy front.

    2 Broke girls WAS and IS better show than TAHM. That is why they move TAHM. TAHM without TBBT lead-in was dead show. With BBT lead-out around 7.0 is 4.2 imagine how will be without it.

    ps With dead show i mean around 2.5-3.0 wich for show that one of the leads take 700 000 per episode is crazy.

  • Jonathan

    Can’t wait for Big Brother!! The feeds are my life!!

  • Dan

    Here’s my guess if this summer schedule implies anything about the fall.

    This scheduele does imply CSI NY will get axed, however it doesn’t rule out that the show can rerun this summer on Saturdays.

    This schedule implies not only Vegas will be cancelled but this fall the NCIS spin off will air at 9:00 sandwiched betwen NCIS (8:00) and NCIS LA (10:00).

    I still think despite Good Wife not airing repeats it still has a better chance to get renewed then Mentalist but I believe 1 of the two will be axed. If Mentalist gets axed over Good Wife, I still expect it to air reruns through August or CBS could double up on Unforgettable by then. If Unforgettable has a chance at a third year, it could very well run through this fall.

    Hawaii 5-0 being moved to fridays may imply that maybe CBS will air it there next season while they will try out a new drama on Mondays at 10 but who knows, it could just imply CBS would rater air their Under the Dome show on Mondays instead of Fridays.

    Basically heres my guess

    Cancelled in May: CSI NY, Vegas, Golden Boy, Only one of Good Wife or Mentalist. (Its possible both get renewed but if not then its likely to be Good Wife over Mentalist)

    Already cancelled: Made in Jersey & Partners

  • Doug

    @Petar: I really don’t think you know what you’re talking about. 2.5 Men was in the high 3s late last season. It wasn’t a “dead show.” Regarding quality, both are garbage, with 2BG slightly leading for worst sitcom on the air.

  • JT

    Big Brother…please have a season with no past houseguests back to compete

  • lisa

    I can’t wait to see new episodes of Unforgettable.

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