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Under the Dome
| CBS, 10 ET/PT

As with so many Stephen King TV projects, this ambitious CBS summer effort started out well before collapsing into incoherent silliness, with the dome becoming more sensible and sentient than the increasingly unfathomable characters it's covering. In its second-season return, the show completes its creative self-immolation, courtesy of a script from King himself that ups the Dome ante on risible dialogue. On the plus side, there are a few decent set pieces, led by an attack by a magnetized kitchen that is fun as long as you don't think too deeply about the logic behind it, and a few new characters to spice up the mix. That may just barely be enough to allow Dome to maintain its status as an empty-calorie treat — but only because it's shaping up to be a long, hot TV summer where treats are few and far between.

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I Dated a Psycho | LMN, 10 ET/PT

Just a reminder of what else is out there in the TV landscape. Dome may not be very good, but at least it's not psychotic.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs | PBS, 10 ET/PT (times may vary)

POV airs this award-winning film about 99-year-old Grace Lee Boggs, who has spent most of her life fighting for our civil rights. Let that restore some of the faith in humanity Psycho may remove.

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