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Under The Dome Showrunner Acknowledges The Simpsons Movie

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Mr. Burns Threatens SpringfieldThe TV adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome will premiere this June on CBS. The story of a small town that becomes trapped (as the title suggests) under a mysterious dome should be one of the highlights of the summer TV season. The premise sounds very promising, but it also sounds very, very familiar.

Of course, it’s the same premise as The Simpsons Movie from 2007, where the small town of Springfield becomes trapped under a dome after the town’s pollution levels become unmanageable and the head of the EPA presents President Schwarzenegger with five “unthinkable” options. You might think King got the idea for his best-selling novel from The Simpsons Movie, you’d be wrong. The novel was released in 2009, two years after The Simpsons Movie, but King claims he started working on the book in 1976.

The Simpsons creator even acknowledges the eerie coincidence in a later episode, where Mr. Burns threatens to place the town of Springfield in a transparent dome. Burns said he got the idea from a best-selling novel and continues to hold a copy of King’s book to show the townspeople. This leads nuclear power planet worker Lenny Leonard to say, “It’s been done.”

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Under The Dome Teaser Separates Its Characters

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I feel the need to start every story about CBS’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s mega-novel Under the Dome by telling people to keep all their Simpsons Movie comments in the bottom of a bucket of water, and then for them to duck their head in said water until time ceases to exist. It gets old, doesn’t it? Are people looking at the new I, Frankenstein movie coming out next year saying, “Uh, Whale and Branagh, anyone?”

Anyway, how about that up there? The clip, titled “No Way Out,” doesn’t deal with much of the action from the pilot — directed by the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Adren Oplev — but it successfully encapsulates the feelings just prior to an all-out panic once everyone in the town of Chester’s Mill realizes that there’s a fucking dome over their city that they can’t escape from. It’s like there’s…no way out. Oh, now I get it.

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Under The Dome Teaser Says Goodbye

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We have to wait until June 24th to finally lay eyes on CBS’s 13-part miniseries Under the Dome, based on horror icon Stephen King’s 2009 novel, but the network is ramping up its promotional kick. We’ve already had a quick behind-the-scenes look at the series with King himself, and new here’s a short teaser.

This video doesn’t provide much information about Under the Dome, aside from the fact that there’s a town, and a dome, and that dome is set on top of that town. In reality, that’s the basic plot of the story. After a New England town—is there any other kind in a Stephen King story?—is trapped under a mysterious, impenetrable bubble, things take a turn for the worse as the citizens attempt to figure a way out of their predicament. This glimpse does, however, does include some new footage, and indicates that there will be action, murder, and all manner of chaos.

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Stephen King’s Under The Dome Miniseries Gives Us A First Look

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CBS has finally released the first official look at the upcoming 13-part miniseries Under the Dome, based on the 2010 novel by horror icon Stephen King. As a genre, the miniseries has faded in popularity and prominence in recent years, and I admittedly feel a strange bit of nostalgia that the network has chosen this format to adapt King’s book. We’ve seen a few pictures from set, but this is the first film we’ve laid eyes on.

In the town of Chester’s Mill, 2,000 people have become trapped under a mysterious clear dome, like in The Simpsons Movie, except more sinister. The story is a mix of horror and sci-fi, and deals with the behaviors people resort to after being cut off from the rest of the world.

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Under The Dome Set Photo Shows Familiar Location

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As it turns out, all of the recent casting news surrounding CBS’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s massive Under the Dome wasn’t just a hallucination I had in the lonely days after that above-ground pool flipped over on top of me. One tends to get wary when the largest of King’s novels are on their way to filming.

How do I know that Under the Dome exists? Because Stephen King fansite Lilja’s Library recently posted the very first on-set image from the show, which began production Thursday in Wilmington, N.C. Even though it doesn’t show any woodchucks being cut in half, or any of the show’s stars, or even a dome, it is at least of a place familiar to the novel’s fans: Big Jim’s Used Cars. Big Jim Rennie, played by Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris, is the central protagonist in the book; he owns the car lot as well as being the town of Chester Mill’s second selectman. If the show retains even a fraction of Big Jim’s heinousness from the novel, Norris is going to make my blood boil anytime he’s on camera. Check out the picture below, and for the full effect, imagine yourself looking at it as if you were in fact standing beneath a dome.

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The pilot is currently being shot by the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev, and it’s set to premiere on Monday, June 24th.

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Under the Dome Finds Its Female Lead

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All of these stories about CBS’ upcoming miniseries, Under the Dome, should end with “To Be Continued,” seeing as how Stephen King’s novel packs dozens of characters into the smallish Maine town of Chester’s Mill. There doesn’t appear to be any pattern as to who’s getting signed on to the show, which recently added Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris as the big baddie. At least now, all the leads have all been cast.

Rachelle Lefevre joins the cast as Under the Dome‘s female lead, Julia, who is the alternative good guy to Col. Barbara, a role that Mike Vogel (Pan Am) recently took. The Canadian actress is probably best known to American audiences for her role as Victoria in the Twilight series. Since those films aren’t in my city, much less up my alley, I personally commend her job in 2011’s indie thriller/mystery, The Caller, a film that should have been worse than it was. She can be seen next in Wayne Kramer’s sure to be over-the-top film Pawn Shop Chronicles, with Paul Walker, Elijah Wood, and Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus.

As Julia, Lefevre will play a former Chicago investigative reporter who has recently moved to Chester’s Mill with her doctor husband, whose disappearance adds to her questions about the Dome. Now editor of the town paper, Julia presents the detective side of the mystery.