A Few Teasers of What's Ahead in Under the Dome
CBS screened a first look at "Under the Dome" earlier this week, and teasers of what's ahead have been popping up online so we've compiled a Top Five list right here along with info on where you can find the rest.
Per THR's The Live Feed (be sure to click the link at the bottom of the page for more):
1. Don't call it a mini-series. While the initial run is 13 episodes, producers say there is the potential for it to continue on with a second season (and more). Neal Baer ("ER"), 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 Brian K. Vaughan ("Lost") 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.
2. King's book -- which clocks in at more than 1,000 pages -- takes place over a week, with the CBS series already stretching beyond that time frame as of Episode 10. Most episodes take place over the course of a day, producers noted. Vaughan said that King has been supportive of extending the series well beyond his book, noting it might necessitate a different ending to the series. "We pitched Stephen a far-out, big-swing idea for this to go several years, a different ending, and he was really excited by it." Speaking of King, should "Dome" earn a second-season renewal, he would like to write an episode.
3. There will be answers to obvious questions almost immediately (such as why people can't just dig under the dome), and there will be death! "We have a 'Heaven Board' in the writers' room," Baer noted, adding that there's "at least one person in heaven -- maybe" so far.
4. The series isn't a post-apocalyptic drama in the way that others (i.e., "The Walking Dead") are. Instead, "Dome" will depict what happens immediately after the town is shut off from the rest of the world and what happens when people are no longer being paid for their jobs, when money in the bank is meaningless, and resources begin to be depleted. It will retain "some elements of everyday life," Vaughan said. To that end, the point of view will largely be told from those inside the dome, keeping Chester's Mill the show's primary location.
5. There are new characters being added to CBS' take, including an interracial lesbian couple with a daughter who are driving through town and are among those trapped when the dome arrives. The goal, Baer noted, was to add a "socially relevant" storyline to the series -- which is set in Anytown USA instead of Maine, as it is in King's source material.
"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, Ned Bellamy, 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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