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“Summer TV really used to be all about reruns, but now you get sort of a mix of them burning off shows that didn’t make it in the regular season, and attempts to launch something that’s genuinely interesting. And then you just get a lot of really silly and frivolous stuff,” NPR’s Monkey See blogger Linda Holmes told Here & Now’s Robin Young.
“The summer season changed a lot in the early part of the 2000s,” Holmes said. “Particularly after ‘Survivor’ premiered in the summer, they started to try to make new shows, but there also is a lot of stuff that feels like time filling.”