SEries PREMIERE Under the Dome, CBS, 10 p.m. Stephen King's mammoth book is the inspiration for this 13-episode miniseries beginning tonight. You know, we can really get behind this miniseries thing. Too many shows flame out because they've been on the air far too long (see: Dexter, right). And this one has the perfect eerie premise to explore in a short series: A small town finds itself suddenly cut off from the world by an invisible dome that has appeared around its border. Sounds like the beginning of a great X-Files episode to us!
SEASON PREMIERE Perception, TNT, 10 p.m.
There's no escaping silly shows like this during the summer, so we're giving in. Eric McCormack returns for Season 2 of this TNT show as eccentric neuroscience professor Daniel Pierce, whose paranoid schizophrenia helps the FBI solve crimes. Because why not? This season, Pierce must walk away from an imaginary friendship with a woman in order to start a romance with another — played by the same woman, natch. Couldn't make this stuff up if we tried.
SEASON PREMIERE Big Brother, 8 p.m., CBS
Would you believe this show debuted in 2000? You'd never know it's been 13 years by the looks of host Julie Chen, who doesn't look even 5 minutes older. We liked Big Brother 10 years ago. We thought it had run its course about two years after that. That won't stop CBS from airing the 15th season THREE times a week starting tonight.
SEASON PREMIERE Dexter, 9 p.m., Showtime
We remember when Dexter used to be one of the best shows on TV. That's not the case anymore, thanks to a flat-out weird sixth season (the one where Tom Hanks' son sees dead people) and some bad writing (remember when Deb had the hots for Dex? Ew). But as the show begins its eighth and final season, Dexter is still one of the more fascinating and unique antiheroes. And we're on board for the show's final stint: We have a good feeling the folks behind Dexter will give everyone's favorite psychopath a killer send-off.
SEries PREMIERE Ray Donovan, 10 p.m., Showtime
Liev Schreiber stars as a guy who makes the problems of the Los Angeles elite disappear in this new show from, yes, Showtime again, but you don't have to have the premium cable channel to watch the first episode. You can watch it for free on YouTube at bit.ly/11DcY5f. — Michelle Stark, Times Staff Writer