The Skinny: I'm thinking of taking a train ride across the country for a summer vacation. If anyone has any thoughts on it or suggestions, tweet at me (@JBFlint). Wednesday's roundup includes big ratings for
Daily Dose: It has been over a year since the
Raising the roof. CBS' summer series "Under the Dome" got off to a strong start with over 13 million viewers tuning into Monday's premiere episode. If "Under the Dome" can continue to deliver big numbers, it will likely encourage other networks to take more chances with summer programming. The networks have been losing ground to cable in the summer months for years and fewer of those viewers are coming back in the fall, so boosting ratings from June through August is a big priority. More on "Under the Dome" from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Apparently there are lots of places like home. Thanks to new platforms such as
Clean it up. The nation's theater owners are concerned that Hollywood is focusing too much on making R-rated movies. Although
Back to the beach. It's been a long time since movies like "Beach Blanket Bingo" were popular, but the Disney Channel is betting that its time for a comeback. In July, the cable network will debut "Teen Beach Movie," a musical that is both an homage to classic beach movies and pokes a little fun at the genre. Just hope there aren't any scenes of campfires on the beach, because some parts of California want to ban the practice.
Getting stale. Hollywood loves blowing up famous landmarks. This time it is Washington that gets pummeled in "White House Down." Screenwriter Zack Stentz told the Hollywood Reporter the problem is that "the more destruction you see, the more hollow it feels," which is why you seldom catch me seeing any summer blockbuster. I've seen buildings come down in real life up close. I don't need Hollywood's version.
Inside the Los Angeles Times:
which is itself under attack.
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