Summer TV Series on CBS

Summer TV Series on CBS 2015

Summer TV shows on CBS tend to be quite diverse, representing several genres.  CBS TV tends to be very diligent about putting out a well-rounded summer TV line-up each year.  With a healthy mix of reality shows and new fictional summer TV series, CBS manages to keep a strong audience through the summer months.  Naturally this allows the network to promote their usually strong fall lineup ahead of time.  It also keeps its advertisers interested in the off months. In 2013 we saw CBS TV lead with the popular “Under the Dome” in their Summer TV schedule, and this did in fact help them promote their fall TV line-up while even getting some good viewership in these challenging summer months.  Again, being open to new summer TV shows within any genre gives CBS the flexibility to launch any number of shows in the summer TV schedule, potentially appealing to a wide audience.

Of course the best way for CBS to promote its fall lineup through a strategic roll-out of new summer shows that match the type of audience that they are looking for in their fall TV lineup.  This way they attract a similar audience to what they are looking for in the fall.  Alternatively, they could find several potential hits in the summer TV lineup, whether new summer shows or returning favorites, and try to cover more than one genre.  This would help match the various different audiences they are looking for for their fall TV lineup.  Our experience tells us that CBS TV is quite good at this strategy and their summer TV schedule has paid off as far as promotion of new fall shows.

Here at summer TV preview we commend CBS for its attention to the off-season line-up, and for the quality and breadth of the summer TV shows they tend to produce.  It is a pleasure to cover this network and their summer TV shows because they are so attentive to this season and the summer TV series they roll-out.   CBS has made itself quite relevant and strong in the summer TV season and that makes our job much easier.  These are just a few of the summer TV series you will find on CBS.  You can feel the excitement the network has about these summer TV series when you notice how carefully and assertively they are promoting them. Obviously they hope that these shows will attract a loyal audience in their own right, and there may even be one or two with the potential to move into the more popular fall and spring TV seasons.

2015 Summer TV Shows on CBS

This year the summer TV shows on CBS promise something for every viewer.  The 2015 summer TV lineup on CBS includes:

Zoo, which is a new drama series based on the popular bestselling novel by James Patterson.  This new summer TV series premiers in late June and involves a sudden and dramatic increase in violent animal attacks against people in many countries.  The hero is a biologist played by James Wolk who tries to figure out what is happening to make these animals so coordinated and ferocious in their attacks.  Time is short for him to try to unlock the secrets to what is going on during this crisis.

Extant, a mystery science fiction thriller starring Halle Berry enters its second season.  We find this sci-fi series moving quickly on its core plot, as this returning astronaut realizes that what is going on presents a huge threat to our planet.  She needs to figure out what to do, and a mysterious stranger played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan may hold the key.  As a new summer TV series in 2014 this show developed a strong following which the network hopes continues into 2015

Big Brother returns, also in late June (Wednesday, June 24 8:00-9:00 PM).  This popular show is perfect summer fodder and will once again be hosted by Julie Chen and will air twice each week.  This ratings winner is likely to do very well once again, and could be a real hit if more people discover how fun it is to watch a live reality show.  A winner with the younger crowd, this summer TV series will certainly help the network promote its fall lineup.   ,

Under the Dome comes back for its third season and will occupy the most popular Thursday time slot.  This shows how strongly the network feels about this returning Stephen King inspired summer TV series.  The small town that is suddenly sealed off by an enormous and mysterious transparent dome has many interesting characters and the major plot line spawns many interesting stories.  Talented actress Marg Helgenberger (most recognized from her work on CSI:) guest stars in what was the most watched show last summer.

Review of last summer’s TV line-up on CBS:

– The most hyped of the 2014 Summer TV lineup on CBS is “Extant“, produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Halle Berry.  The promotions for this new summer TV show have been filled with mystery, as it’s unclear but potentially quite intriguing, why the previews relate to the continuity of life on earth in some fashion.  What we do know is that Ms. Berry’s character has returned from a year in space and now somehow will have something to do with life on earth.  Is it a new form of life, a form of life that will save us, or something more disturbing?  This one will be fun to promote as the network will release small bits of information and hints, and people will get excited by the potential of the acting and the past success of the producer.

– CBS also has a popular show from last year returning to their summer TV Lineup.  “Unforgettable” will return in 2014 after developing a  strong viewer following last summer.  This police procedural and drama revolves around a police officer who can remember all the details of her life.  Also with an all-star ensemble cast that includes Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, Jane Curtain, and Tawny Cypress.  This is actually the third year for this Summer TV show which has been successful because of its strong and interesting week-to-week plot lines combined with some overall underlying issues and subplots.  This summer TV series has already proven itself and while it has not jumped to the fall TV season it has solidified a strong place in the summer months.

– “Under the Dome” was a science fiction story based on the popular and critically acclaimed Stephen King novel with the same name.  Last summer it was in its second season.  We’ve seen  so many things happen over two years in Chester’s Mill, a small town in New England when it is suddenly sealed off from the world by a powerful and mysterious force field.  With terrific characters, incredible plot lines, and a dash of creativity that only can come from the mind of Stephen King, Under the Dome had something for everyone!

– The very popular summer TV staple Big Brother had its 16th season, beginning two weeks earlier than usual.  This early start only meant a longer season, and the potential for more guests, more twists and turns, and a deeper voyeuristic look.  Big Brother has been one of the most successful reality shows on TV, even as a summer TV show.

We only publish the highlights here, so if you notice any other potential gems in the summer TV lineup for CBS, we hope you will share them with us and our readers!  We do not work for the networks and have no stake in anyone’s decision, so we aim to publish a well-rounded look at the best summer TV shows.

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