Stephen King’s best-selling novel, Under the Dome, will be adapted for the small screen on CBS. The series was originally developed for the cable network Showtime, but now the science fiction TV series will find a home on network TV.
According to HitFix.com, CBS has ordered 13 episodes based on King’s novel. The episodes will be produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and will air next summer. Also, former Lost writer and Y: The Last Man creator Brian K. Vaughan will adapt the novel for TV.
The series will follow life in a small New England town. When the townspeople wake up one morning, they find the town trapped under a transparent dome. The mystery behind the new series will obviously revolve around where the dome came from and why it is there.
It sounds very similar to the premise of The Simpsons Movie from 2008, where the small town of Springfield woke up trapped under a transparent dome. Under the Dome is being called a TV series, and not a mini-series or limited series, so it’s unclear how long they’ll keep the dome premise a mystery.
“This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event,” said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler. “We’re excited to transport audiences ‘Under the Dome’ and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined.”
Under the Dome won’t be the first post-apocalyptic science fiction series on CBS. The genre series Jericho aired for two seasons from 2006 to 2008. Despite its loyal fans, the series was canceled due to low ratings. Whether Under the Dome sees the same low ratings, the first season will wrap up nicely because CBS is ordering 13 episodes, sight-unseen.