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TV Trailers: First looks at Stephen King's Under the Dome and Simon West's The Saint

04.01.2013

It is a really great time for quality television series. While there is still a ton of crap on the tube, many networks are embracing quality over quantity. In the mold of premium cable series, a lot of series are coming with limited runs of 10 to 13 episodes. Sure, it means less episodes each year, but they are so much better made. With intriguing series like HANNIBAL yet to premiere, this summer is looking like it could be a boon for quality shows. Here come two more: Stephen King's UNDER THE DOME and a reboot of THE SAINT.

We have been hearing about UNDER THE DOME for a while now, including the footage-less teasers playing on CBS since the Super Bowl. Now, we have this brief behind the scenes look at the show featuring our first look at the action. It is great to see BREAKING BAD's Dean Norris in his first post-Walter White role. Plus, Stephen King being on set means this is a series approved by the author. The series was developed for television by former LOST writer Brian K. Vaughn. Vaughn also brought us the brilliant Y: THE LAST MAN, which gives me instant faith in the series. The pilot was directed by THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO's Niels Arden Oplev.

Pretty cool, huh? On the other side of thing we have CON AIR director Simon West's pilot for THE SAINT. The classic Roger Moore spy series which was remade into a movie with Val Kilmer gets a small screen treatment starring Adam Rayner as Simon Templar. Made as a TV movie/backdoor pilot, THE SAINT has not been picked up by any network yet. It looks like it would fit on a channel like TNT or USA.

The cast includes James Remar, Enrique Murciano, Thomas Kretschmann, Greg Grunberg and two of the original Simon Templars, Roger Moore and Ian Ogilvy. What really intrigues me is the gorgeous Eliza Dushku returning to network television. She alone would give me enough reason to check it out. How about you?

UNDER THE DOME premieres on CBS on June 24, 2013 while THE SAINT has no scheduled release yet.

Source: BlastrDeadline

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10:38AM on 04/02/2013

Ah C’mon

I LOVE Stephen King. Always have. I grew up reading everything he wrote, watching everything with his name connected to it. Though, this is a CBS “made for TV movie/mini-series”. FAIL. You cannot adapt Stephen King’s language, gore, violence, sexual themes for television. Look at IT (I know people love it, but come on, that book is beautifully insane) or THE STAND. You have to have an amazing suspension of disbelief with him and his writing, that a limited budget (TV) cannot help you with. It
I LOVE Stephen King. Always have. I grew up reading everything he wrote, watching everything with his name connected to it. Though, this is a CBS “made for TV movie/mini-series”. FAIL. You cannot adapt Stephen King’s language, gore, violence, sexual themes for television. Look at IT (I know people love it, but come on, that book is beautifully insane) or THE STAND. You have to have an amazing suspension of disbelief with him and his writing, that a limited budget (TV) cannot help you with. It leads to horrendous acting, terrible edits and jumps, and terrible special effects. I say in adapting Mr. King, stick the the more cerebral horror and less of the sci-fi, blatant special effect horror. It will never be done better than how it is in your head.
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8:11PM on 04/01/2013
Reading Under the Dome now, and looking forward to this. One issue with the trailer...that is such a fake bloody hand print, it makes me worry about the quality of the rest of the show. I mean nobody's blood would be that red, would it? Maybe it's paint, but I'm fairly certain in the book it's blood.
Reading Under the Dome now, and looking forward to this. One issue with the trailer...that is such a fake bloody hand print, it makes me worry about the quality of the rest of the show. I mean nobody's blood would be that red, would it? Maybe it's paint, but I'm fairly certain in the book it's blood.
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3:32PM on 04/01/2013
I'm reading Dome now. Great premise. HORRENDOUS writing. I'm hoping King has lost his mind & I won't ever reread old stuff & realize he's always been this terrible. 98% of what the characters say is zany, ludicrous King-speak that nobody in real life would ever or has ever utilized...
I'm reading Dome now. Great premise. HORRENDOUS writing. I'm hoping King has lost his mind & I won't ever reread old stuff & realize he's always been this terrible. 98% of what the characters say is zany, ludicrous King-speak that nobody in real life would ever or has ever utilized...
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5:04PM on 04/01/2013
You are wrong. You could not be more wrong. Preference is one thing - that's cool if you don't like stuff. Calling it "horrendous" writing is either ignorance or trolling. King's a master, and that book is practically a class in juggling tons of characters and weaving complex storylines.
You are wrong. You could not be more wrong. Preference is one thing - that's cool if you don't like stuff. Calling it "horrendous" writing is either ignorance or trolling. King's a master, and that book is practically a class in juggling tons of characters and weaving complex storylines.
9:54AM on 04/02/2013
I'm neither ignorant or a troll. Say, "to each, his own" and move on...
I'm neither ignorant or a troll. Say, "to each, his own" and move on...
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