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CBS Orders King's Under the Dome

By December 3, 2012

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CBS is not messing around on this one. Its commission for Under the Dome isn't a tentative partial order or a provisional green light for production. Nope, Under the Dome is going straight to series, a rare CBS offering in the 13-episode summer sci-fi series sweepstakes hitherto dominated by cable networks.

Under the Dome is exactly what it says on the tin: it's a serialized drama about a small New England town that is suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome.

CBS Studios is producing, along with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, and Simon & Schuster (which is owned by CBS Corp.) will cross-promote the series' summer premiere with a re-release of the trade paperback and electronic editions of King's 2009 version of the novel (a revisit of earlier, less-serious takes on the subject matter).

In addition to corporate synergy, the streamlined nature of CBS's order may partly result from the fact that this project has been in development for a couple of years: when the novel was first released a deal with Showtime to develop a miniseries, also with Spielberg, was announced; the project has effectively shifted to Showtime's corporate sibling CBS.

Brian K. Vaughan, who's written for vomic books and is WGA Award-nominated for his work on Lost, wrote the first episode of the forthcoming CBS show, which will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev. "This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said in announcing the news. "We're excited to transport audiences 'under the dome' and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined."

King's shows are always set in New England, usually Maine. Maybe the dome was set up partly to make sure Audrey Parker and Johnny Smith don't wander into the middle of things.
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