WASHINGTON, August 5, 2013 —Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” has been at the top of the ratings since its premiere and shows no sign of slowing down. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that CBS has already renewed it for a second season. King has even agreed to write the first episode of the 13-episode sophomore season; an added bonus that will only enhance the ratings and delight his many fans in the process.
Traditionally the major networks have saved their best programming for the fall, but the ratings as well as financial success of “Under the Dome” may be a game changer. Not only has the show dominated TV ratings, thanks to a deal with Amazon to stream episodes four days after they first air on CBS, it has also become Amazon’s most-watched program.
Because of the financial support of Amazon and overseas networks, “Under the Dome” was profitable even before it aired. Since TV programming is notorious for copying a successful formula, expect the other major networks to capitalize on the proven business model by copying CBS.
That may be bad news for CBS, but it is definitely good news for the TV viewer who usually has to scour cable for decent entertainment in the summer months. With any luck the major networks will abandon their obsession with reality TV and get back to what the viewer really wants, well written scripted dramas and sitcoms.
Meanwhile Discovery Channel continues “Shark Week” tonight with four hours of programming guaranteed to stir up social media and give the viewer an up close and personal view of all things shark related.
“The Bachelorette” also wraps up its season tonight so be thankful. The only thing that would make this show compelling enough to endure would be to combine it with “Shark Week.” Picture the bachelorette and her new romantic interest on a beach at sunset as they frolic in the ocean. In the background the suspenseful “Jaws” music plays as a Great White Shark eases toward the two and snatches them for an evening meal.
After all, with Snuffy the Seal gone the sharks have to eat something.
All times are EDT:
ABC: The Bachelorette: (New) After having her heart broken, Desiree must decide if she wants to move forward with the other men.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (Repeat) Barney’s legendary relationship playbook, which Robin thought was destroyed, rears its head when Ted and Jeanette break up and Barney decides to use his chick manual to help Ted find a new girlfriend.
FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) Gambling is a hard habit to break when Burt tries to win back all the Chances’ things that he lost decades ago, and Virginia and Jimmy are powerless to stop him as they also get caught up in the betting craze, but their addiction comes back to haunt them when they miss Hope starring in a play written by Sabrina and directed by Shelley.
NBC: American Ninja Warrior: (New) Participants compete in the Baltimore finals.
CW: Hart of Dixie: (Repeat) Tansy’s dog goes missing while under George’s care.
CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline hire an intern to help get their cupcake shop ready to open, but Max experiences trouble in her new managerial role.
FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) So stressed out during tax season that he hires Barney to manage his finances, Burt blurts a hurtful remark about Virginia’s career, so she starts a new business as a tarot-card reader. Meanwhile, Jimmy wonders if Sabrina is moving to Africa with Wyatt.
CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline host a grand-opening celebration at their cupcake shop, and Max invites her former flames so she can show off her success.
FOX: New Girl: (Repeat) Jess and Nick attempt to break out of relationship limbo by going on a date. But when Schmidt and Winston catch wind of their plans, they try to sabotage the romantic outing.
NBC: Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls: (New) The teams must climb a daunting peak, forage for food and bushwhack down a bone-chilling creek.
CW: Breaking Pointe: (New) After weeks of grueling tryouts, the cast of “Cinderella” is announced – and not everyone is happy with the decisions. Beckanne struggles to stay motivated, while Allison is one step closer to making a decision about retirement.
CBS: Mike & Molly: (Repeat) While Mike’s giving out the ho-ho-hos as Santa, Molly’s doling out their dough-dough-dough for holiday gifts, and he’s getting a bit (hum)bugged about her spending. Later, their festive celebration at home is interrupted when they get corralled by Mike’s mother and his boss into spending Christmas Eve at church with them.
FOX: The Mindy Project: (Repeat) Mindy’s reunion with an old crush takes them down memory lane to the time they shared at Jewish summer camp, which just might lead to a rekindling of their adolescent romance.
ABC: The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose: (Live) Desiree talks about the three final bachelors and her feelings during the final days; Brooks, Chris and Drew talk about the season’s outcome.
CBS: Under the Dome: (New) Big Jim takes action when his authority is challenged; a baby is born as another life ends.
NBC: Siberia: (New) Carolina is shunned; Sabina makes a shocking discovery, and Esther looks to capitalize on another tragedy.
New episodes of:
Switched at Birth at 8 p.m. on ABCFAM
Sharkzilla: Sharktweeto at 8 p.m. on DSC
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta at 8 p.m. on VH1
WWE Monday Night Raw at 8 p.m. on USA
Top Gear at 8:30 p.m. on BBC
The Real Housewives of Orange County at 8 and 9 p.m. on BRAVO
The Fosters at 9 p.m. on ABCFAM
Return of Jaws at 9 p.m. on DSC
Major Crimes at 9 p.m. on TNT
Bizarre Foods America at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Cake Boss at 9 p.m. on TLC
Eyewitness War at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on NGC
Longmire at 10 p.m. on A&E
Voodoo Sharks at 10 p.m. on DSC
Teen Wolf at 10 p.m. on MTV
King & Maxwell at 10 p.m. on TNT
The Writer’s Room at 10 p.m. on SUND
Gods, Guns & Automobiles at 10 p.m. on History Channel
Shark After Dark at 11p.m. on DSC
For movie lovers:
Demolition Man on ENC
XXX: State of the Union on ENC
Judge Dredd on FLIX
Cast away on FXM
Cloverfield on IFC
Saturday Night Fever on SUND
Major Dundee on TCM
Gangs of New York on TMC
Seeking a Friend at the End of the World at 9 p.m. on HBO
Derailed at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX
Tango & Cash at 9:45 p.m. on ENC
Guess Who on STARZ
The Outlaw Josey Wales at 10:30 p.m. on REELZ
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