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Stephen King's Under the Dome will get a 13 episode first season on CBS, not Showtime

Nov. 29, 2012by:

Let me start by saying I am a die-hard Stephen King fan so any new projects based on his works is exciting for me. I mean, I even saw SLEEPWALKERS in a first-run theater and that movie was hot dog shit. But, UNDER THE DOME is one of his best novels in a while.

The adaptation of the massive novel has been in development over at Showtime for over a year. While it will begin airing as a 13 episode series next Summer, it will be on network television and not premium cable. Vulture reports that Showtime decided the plot was not "Showtime-y" enough and it was passed to their sister network.

Plot: On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.

Now, you may say that sounds an awful lot like THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, but King began working on UNDER THE DOME back in the late 1970s as a cannibal novel. It is a vast and epic series that spans over 1000 pages. It definitely has potential for a limited series, maybe not a multi-year one.

The pilot for UNDER THE DOME is being written by Brian K Vaughn (LOST) and directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Noomi Rapace version of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO).

While I don't want any shows on CBS outside of ELEMENTARY, I will have to tune into the Old Person Network when UNDER THE DOME airs next year.

Extra Tidbit: What is your favorite non-DARK TOWER King novel that has not been adapted yet?
Source: Vulture

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4:57PM on 11/29/2012
CBS? Really? Will they turn this into a procedural?
CBS? Really? Will they turn this into a procedural?
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5:05PM on 11/29/2012

Sounds interesting...

Too bad AMC couldn't have picked it up, I think they could have pushed it a bit more than a prime time channel...especially with a King book. I've always preferred his short stories "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and "The Body". ")
Too bad AMC couldn't have picked it up, I think they could have pushed it a bit more than a prime time channel...especially with a King book. I've always preferred his short stories "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and "The Body". ")
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11:44PM on 11/29/2012

fan of the book

but this needed to be on a cable channel with some flexibility. CBS will puss out on a lot of really chilling human evil.
but this needed to be on a cable channel with some flexibility. CBS will puss out on a lot of really chilling human evil.
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4:53PM on 11/29/2012

Excellent news!

I don't have Showtime, so I was bummed that I'd be missing the first run of the show. Now I can watch, even if it is on the "old person network" (how true!).
EXTRA TIDBIT- I think we've all been waiting forever for TALISMAN/BLACK HOUSE adaptations to come out. Personally, i've always thought the Bachman book THE LONG WALK would be a great movie. And for short stories, THE JAUNT would be a great episode for a horror anthology series.
I don't have Showtime, so I was bummed that I'd be missing the first run of the show. Now I can watch, even if it is on the "old person network" (how true!).
EXTRA TIDBIT- I think we've all been waiting forever for TALISMAN/BLACK HOUSE adaptations to come out. Personally, i've always thought the Bachman book THE LONG WALK would be a great movie. And for short stories, THE JAUNT would be a great episode for a horror anthology series.
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4:44PM on 11/29/2012
"Now, you may say that sounds an awful lot like THE SIMPSONS MOVIE--"

I'd say it sounds more like 'The Midwich Cuckoos' mashed together with 'The Day of the Triffids', both of which were published 20-plus years before King's cannibal-centric 1970s version of 'Under the Dome'.
"Now, you may say that sounds an awful lot like THE SIMPSONS MOVIE--"

I'd say it sounds more like 'The Midwich Cuckoos' mashed together with 'The Day of the Triffids', both of which were published 20-plus years before King's cannibal-centric 1970s version of 'Under the Dome'.
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5:27PM on 11/29/2012

King + CBS = Turd

i've always thought king sucked. well... he's got some fun ideas that turn dumb really quick or have the shittiest ending in the world. add cbs to this mix and this is destined to be shit-on-a-stick.
i've always thought king sucked. well... he's got some fun ideas that turn dumb really quick or have the shittiest ending in the world. add cbs to this mix and this is destined to be shit-on-a-stick.
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7:17PM on 11/29/2012
I am a die hard fan of Stephen king as well, but cannot disagree with you on the shitty endings (to a point) and the CBS tie in.
I am a die hard fan of Stephen king as well, but cannot disagree with you on the shitty endings (to a point) and the CBS tie in.
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