'Under The Dome', '24' and Broadcast's Push Into The Summer

June 30, 2014 2:05 PM

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Tonight marks the return of CBS’s monster summer hit, Under The Dome (based on the Stephen King novel of the same name). Originally intended as a limited-series event, the ratings monster wasn’t about to be let go by the broadcast giant, and was thus renewed for a second season. This, in addition to series including 24: Live Another Day, Extant and the upcoming Heroes Reborn are all signs of a now in full swing trend of broadcast television’s first ever serious push into summer programming.

Before now, broadcast summers were home to three things: burn-off series that didn’t make the fall or springs cuts, cheap reality television and foreign imports. That last one being the game changer. Series such as Flashpoint and Rookie Blue taught American broadcasters there was a legitimate audien...

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