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Spend Your Summer Under The Dome With Stephen King: This Week In Science Fiction

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For the residents of Chester’s Mill, it’s just another ordinary, average day of small-town life. Until, that is, a mysterious, transparent, impenetrable dome drops over the top of the town, cutting the residents off from the rest of the world. As it becomes clear that the dome isn’t going anywhere, civility begins to break down, secrets come out, and presumably somebody eventually starts eating people (I’m just guessing on that last one). That’s the premise behind Under the Dome, which premieres tonight on CBS, based on the novel by Stephen King.

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Under The Dome Adds The Following’s Natalie Zea

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the-following-natalie-zea-1-630x350Barring some kind of natural disaster that involves an American city actually being covered by a dome, the pilot episode for CBS’ adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome will air in just two weeks, and I can’t wait. Almost everything and everyone working on the project piques my interest, and it will be the first CBS show that’s truly intrigued me in a really long time. Really long.

A late casting choice continues the positive trend, as Natalie Zea, one of TV’s hottest actresses of the last few years will appear somewhere under said dome later in the season, surprising everyone. I meant “hottest” both in terms of beauty and in the way Zea is a triple threat, starring as Carrie in Showtime’s Californication, as Winona in FX’s Justified, and as Claire in Fox’s The Following. Since all three of those shows are in between seasons right now, Zea will get to show her face on a fourth consecutive network, and it sounds like this will be her most interesting role yet, albeit her least prominent. Under the Dome executive producer Neal Baer explains below:

Once you’re stuck under the dome, casting is fairly limited because people can’t get in, but that doesn’t mean there might not be somebody hiding out. We’ve cast the beautiful Natalie Zea as a woman who makes an alarming appearance in a few episodes beginning in Episode 9. She plays Maxine, and if you think [the show’s big baddie] Jim Rennie (Dean Norris) is trouble, you haven’t seen trouble yet. And she’ll be connected to a number of our characters.

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New Under the Dome Images Feature Mysterious Characters

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With the start of the summer TV season, genre fans can be treated to a number of genre-heavy TV shows like Continuum, In The Flesh, and Under The Dome. The TV adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling novel has a lot of people excited because of the series’ strange premise and one of its writers Brian K. Vaughn. To get general audiences excited about Under The Dome, CBS released new images from the TV series and a vague official synopsis. Check out the images below:

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Under The Dome Could Last More Than One Season

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domeSeen above is the first piece of key art released from CBS’ upcoming “event series” Under the Dome, adapted of course from the Stephen King novel of the same name. While it’s a nice image and all, it makes this show look like it will deliver an E.T. brand of sentimentality rather than showcasing a city in peril. Could be because Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers. Could be they just want to attract “dog people.”

Regardless, The Hollywood Reporter has much more interesting things to tell us about Under the Dome, gleaned from show producers Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) and Neal Baer (ER). Apparently, calling it a miniseries could be misleading, as they’ve already discussed with King ways to extend this show for many years, despite the fact that the novel only takes place over a week’s time. Already, this first season has stretched the timeline, and each episode covers roughly a day in the characters’ lives. And while a multi-year run is optimistic at best, the 13-episode season is a much easier way to adapt to such an extension. This will, of course, tamper with the way the novel ended, but a lot of people had a problem with that part anyway, so they could possibly top it. Should it go into a second season, King has already expressed interest in writing an episode.

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Under The Dome Stills And Streaming Info

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jimThere’s less than a month left before the Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome begins airing on CBS, and the few looks we’ve gotten at the pilot have all done just about the same thing: give us a look at a bunch of people realizing that their town of Chester’s Mill is newly trapped beneath an invisible dome that will end up containing one big clusterfuck of madness and several cases of god complex.

Well, these new still frames aren’t doing anything to flip that precognitive assumption, as the above shot of Dean Norris as the maniacal antagonist Big Jim Rennie gets me excited for both Under the Dome and the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad. In that series, Norris plays a hardcore DEA agent, and he’ll play almost the exact opposite of that for this one.

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Under The Dome Preview Traps Citizens Under, Well, A Dome

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At long last, after a series of teasers and set photos, we finally have a full-fledged, honest-to-god preview for CBS’ upcoming series Under the Dome, adapted from Stephen King’s massive novel of the same name. The show isn’t set to premiere for another month or so, but they’ve been dropping bits about it since the Super Bowl, when they hadn’t even started casting yet.

Considering reactions to this show range from “I quit reading Stephen King in the 1980s,” to “This is my favorite King book ever,” it’s hard to gauge how the average person feels about this project without getting into a conversation about the author himself. Personally, I loved the book’s characters and overall plot enough to forgive the shortcomings and the strange ending. But I don’t know if I can separate myself from that enjoyment to get a real idea of if this series actually looks good or not. Oh wait, I can, and it does.