Even though the TNT single season of Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes wasn’t a major success, it exemplified the perfect visual form for King’s work, and gave another look at one of my favorite King stories, the pre-apocalyptic disease tale “The End of the Whole Mess.” Short stories make great TV episodes. Big giant novels, like Under the Dome, probably wouldn’t make a great TV miniseries, nor a movie, nor a trilogy of movies. CBS, you may finally do something that doesn’t make me yawn.
For their Television Critics Association (TCA) panel, CBS unveiled the premiere date for Under the Dome, which will be Monday, June 24th, at 10 pm EST. Mondays are one of the only nights of the week when I don’t even watch TV, so it’s changing my habits already. And the thirteen episode run is starting at the beginning of what is usually a dry summer, free from intriguing television. Though it gets less than a month before Breaking Bad becomes the only thing anyone talks about, so it’d better start strong. And with writer/executive producer/comic genius Brian K. Vaughan on board, this isn’t completely out of the question.
Potential fans and potential haters will be able to get their first look at the series when the trailer begins showing up this month, in the promotional coverage CBS will be showcasing for the Super Bowl on February 3rd. Expect the phrase “summer event” to float around like mosquitoes, and also expect casting news to begin flooding your own domes.