Novelist Stephen King has been known to bring some pretty hair-raising images to mind with his words, and over the years those literary imaginings have been brought to life through film and television. On June 24, another of his twisted tales will show up on televisions across America as Under the Dome premieres on CBS.
Starring Mike Vogel (The Help) and Rachelle LaFevre (Twilight) as only a small portion of the stellar cast, this highly anticipated show revolves around a small town in Maine that is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious, invisible dome. No one gets in, and no one gets out. King’s original novel, a 1,000-page behemoth, stands as the starting point for the series, but producers have warned that the show is its own monster and will deviate from the original plot.
CBS is looking to compete with major cable networks like AMC, FX and HBO by premiering a large-scale series during the summer season rather than waiting until the fall when more viewers are sitting in front of the TV at night. It’s a risk that many of the other networks are unwilling to take.
If you want mayhem, murder and a little bit of gore, Under the Dome might just be the perfect place for you. But don’t think the series is going to get into anything post-apocalyptic. Viewers are going to see the immediate response of the people trapped under the dome, and the response in the days following. No time jumping allowed.
The show will also be keeping the darker tones of the original novel. People will die, limbs will be severed, cars will crash and mysteries will be presented and solved. Just because it is a network show, doesn’t mean producers will be backing away from the heavy stuff, proven by the success of shows like The Following and Hannibal.
But if you have read the original book, don’t expect the series to end in the same way. Producers hope to keep Under the Dome on the air for quite a while, which means lots of twists, turns and crashes that King himself never came up with (though the novelist does seem to be please with the direction the show has taken thus far.)
Will you be tuning in for the premiere on June 24 at 10 p.m.?