'Under the Dome': 10 Things to Know About CBS' Stephen King Adaptation
The series has already stretched beyond the timeline included in King's 1,000-page book, and producers
pledge there will be death -- and answers to the show's many mysteries.
CBS pulled the wrapper off its upcoming summer drama Under the Dome on Thursday, with The Hollywood Reporter
among the critics getting a first look at its adaptation of Stephen King's best-seller.
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The drama, which stars Breaking Bad's Dean Norris, follows the residents of Chester's Mill as they cope with the
fallout of what happens when a giant dome mysteriously encapsulates their town.
Here are 10 things to know about the series, which hails from Lost's Brian K. Vaughan and ER's Neal Baer.
1. Producers are billing the drama as the "TV event of the summer," and with good reason: The special effects in
the premiere episode alone feature gory amputations, car crashes and a cow brutally cut in half when the dome
arrives to seal the town off from the rest of society. And there will be bigger and better visuals, with a massive
explosion arriving in the second episode.
2. Don't call it a miniseries. While the summer series is 13 episodes, producers noted that there very much is the
potential for it to continue on with a second season. Baer, who noted that both ER and now Law & Order: SVU
lasted for 15 seasons, is optimistic that Dome could follow that trajectory. "I hope it's a trend," Baer told reporters
with a laugh following the screening. He and Vaughan both agree that the 13-episode format best suits this series.
"It's all killer and no filler," Vaughan said of the advantage to doing a shorter, cable-style run versus the
traditional 24-episode broadcast format.
oy, I will have an urgent need for a haircut on that day.
are there any show related spoilers?
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