Finally some actual footage has arrived from the CBS summer series “Under the Dome,” and we have a look at it here along with a few details that came out of this past Saturday’s WonderCon panel for the show.
Per TV Guide, executive producer Brian K. Vaughan said the drive of the series is to hopefully answer exactly what the dome is. Though the writers have an idea of how they will eventually conclude this tale, Vaughan notes that it will be different from King’s version. But the producers insist that their adaptation is more about peering into the struggles faced by humanity by exploring how people would deal with this situation.
“When you’re under those intense circumstances, people’s good hearts or evil hearts may come out more than in everyday life, so this intensity under that dome, under that magnifying glass, gives us a chance to really dissect what really makes people do what they do,” executive producer Neal Baer said. “It’s a parable for our time. We all know about dwindling resources. We can really tackle those things without being preachy. I’ve always wanted to do a show like that. What happens when you run out of Tide soap? What do you use? Who rises [to the occasion]? Do you really need a banker under the dome? But farmers? Maybe you do.”
As for Big Jim (who’s played by Dean Norris from “Breaking Bad”), he thinks he’s above authority even before the dome descends. And after? “The dome allows certain types of people the opportunity to become a bit of a dictator because they are cut off from anyone who would check that power,” Norris said.
“We’ve divided the season into thirds,” Baer said. “The three ‘F’s that we’re going by are faith — ‘This can’t be real’ or ‘This won’t last too long’ — to fear, like, ‘Oh my God, what are we going to do?’ to fascism — ‘Who’s going to maintain order when people run out of things?'”
“UNDER THE DOME” is the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.
The 13-episode summer series will premiere June 24th on CBS. It stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy, and Aisha Hinds.
“UNDER THE DOME” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, and Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the television adaptation, serve as executive producers. Acclaimed director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) directed the first episode.
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