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Ben Silverman to Make Summertime Classy Again

While other networks fill June, July, and August with reality shows like How Far Can You Throw a Baby? and Who Can Fart the Loudest? (surely these are in development somewhere), NBC wunderkind Ben Silverman has a plan to restore some semblance of class to summertime TV: actual writers! The Peacock just announced its schedule for the coming months and, astonishingly, it features scripted dramas like The Listener and The Philanthropist, along with mini-series such as The Meteor and The Storm. It's just a shame they couldn't have hired more writers to think of better titles.

NBC's summer schedule revealed: 'Philanthropist,' 'Merlin,' 'Celebrity,' Conan and more [Live Feed/HR]

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