News Briefs: CBS Orders Stephen King's Under the Dome for Summer 2013

BUSINESS TIME

... CBS is ordering another police cop procedural with—WAIT A SECOND! This isn't a police cop procedural! [Checks CBS's temperature... everything's okay?] CBS has ordered to series Under the Dome, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. The serialized science-fiction drama [checks press release, yep it's CBS] is planned for a 13-episode summer run and like all of King's stories, will take place in a small New England town. Except this town has somehow been surrounded by a giant dome of unknown origin, trapping everyone inside in a post-apocalyptic fishbowl. The project was originally developed at Showtime, but has jumped to parent CBS. Seeing how a serialized show fares on CBS will be very, very, very interesting. I'm watching, for sure. [CBS via press release]

... Fox is adapting the telenovela Rubí for American audiences. The soapy drama follows a beautiful poor chick who is willing to do anything to get rich, including abandoning her true love. And how is this different from every other woman? BOOM! Up top, guys! *high-five* Fox is also developing a comedy called Slaty Fork, about a young female cop and her ex-police chief dad. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Cinemax is developing Kingpin, about a drug dealer who is pushed into becoming a big-time drug lord by a dirty CIA agent. [Deadline Hollywood]


YOU CAN NOW START PLANNING YOUR "LET'S GET MAD ABOUT THE EMMYS!" PARTY NEWS

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 23, 2013 on CBS. The nominations will be announced very early in the morning on Thursday, July 18, 2013. [CBS via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Last Man Standing is hosting the Home Improvement reunion no one asked for. Sorry ladies, it's not Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Richard Karn, who played Tim Taylor sidekick Al on the popular ABC sitcom, will join Tim Allen again as Bill, a man who works with Allen's Mike. [TV Line]

... Richard Dean Anderson, the man behind the mullet of MacGyver, will play himself in an upcoming episode of ABC's Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23. [THR]

... The League will welcome back Seth Rogen and Jeff Goldblum to reprise their roles as Dirty Randy and Rupert Ruxin, respectively. Dirty Randy will be preparing for the end of the world in the December 13 episode, and Mr. Ruxin will return in the December 20 episode when he "inserts himself into a marital situation between his son and daughter-in-law" which sounds really gross and totally like something Goldblum would do. [THR]

... Regina King (Southland) will drop by The Big Bang Theory. She'll play the director of employee relations at Sheldon's workplace. Look for her in January. [THR]

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"Under the Dome"...another fantasy/sci show for Mr. Tim "I told you Star Trek was a crappy show that should be in the dead pool" Surette to nit pick to death.
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I'm cautiously optimistic about this.
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I must say though when I saw "CBS Order's Stephen King's..." I was thinking The Dark Tower series! STILL don't know what's going to happen with it:-(
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Under the Dome has been on my Amazon wish list forever! I can't believe I never got around to ordering it and now it's to become a series? I'd better get it together!
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Looking forward to UNDER THE DOME.
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On another site they state that Under the Dome will be a mini-series that could transition into a regular series later. The good news is that even if the show is cancelled we do have the novel that resolves any cliffhangers.
The novel has enough great characters to expand into a regular series so I wish it well.
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Nice Stephen King mini-series are a tradition for me glad to see the trend coming back.
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I am hoping that CBS gives Under the Dome a decent night and a decent time sot because it looks like a really good show. Also, Haven=awesome. Did anyone else know that the writers/producers/etc. of Haven originally pitched the idea to ABC who turned it down. So they went to SyFy instead.
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Yay more sci fi shows on primetime channels. I welcome summer shows!
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Richard Dean Anderson, the man behind the mullet of MacGyver, will play himself in an upcoming episode of ABC's Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23. = AWESOME!

Under the Dome and Kingpin seem interesting!
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Oh CBS, you're going to make some suckers very sad when you don't renew Under the Dome because it's niche sci-fi aired over the summer. That's what cable is good at and what network is so bad at, unfortunately.

Tim, after that hacky joke I think your marriage license is getting suspended for 6 months, one for the misogynistic comment and 5 for the ironic "ha ha, I'm not really misogynistic" gag writing.

Richard Dean Anderson on The Bitch? Awesome to the max, this should be like double-Sorbo!
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Tim, it's official now - I've never read/met/known/seen such a misogynist as you.
How can you write this sexist stuff in a way that I don't feel offended in the slightest? Just lmao))
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WHERE IS GoT? Is it march already?
*tearing my hair out*
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So CBS is doing with "Under the Dome" what they did with "Swingtown" - taking a really good idea for a show that isn't one of their standard procedurals (the garbage that makes this pile of shit network Number 1) and burning it over the summer to never see another episode. It will probably be really good and never heard of again like every other good project to make it to air on CBS.
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Tim September 23rd 2013 is a Monday not a Sunday. Try not to get your days mixed up.
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I think they already did an Under the Dome story on Haven. The CBS series is really a summer mini-series, although I don't know if there's enough story for 13 episodes.
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it was a minor reference to Under The Dome on Haven (among the endless list of great King references), so I'll definitely tune in to watch a whole show based on the book
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I love Under The Dome cannot wait.
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I haven´t read under the dome, but it sort of reminds me of the Haven understory (the Colorado Kid) - anyone knows if they relate? Cheers
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Yes, The Colorado Kid is a short story by Stephen King. But that story has nothing to do with UTD.
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If and When it is "Stephen King", I am all in.
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That fact that Kingpin has nothing to do with bowling: thumbs down.
I want more Jeff Goldblum on the League. Dirty Randy is pretty highlarious too.
Don't Trust the B (it'll be shortened eventually) where actors can be themselves.
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I enjoyed The Dead Zone (the USA Network series) and Haven, so I'll give Under the Dome a shot. The promo pic for UTD reminds me of last year's Haven Christmas episode.
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That's the cover of the book.
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Thank you.
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Sorry, I was supposed to click Reply but hit Flag, please forgive me Geek_Queen!

Anyway, I was going to say the pic also reminds me of The Simpsons Movie and The Truman Show.
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No prob, TrevPlatt. I've accidentally done that before, too. :)
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The Simpsons Movie had a quite close idea, btw. But King managed to take a similar story and make it much, much more grim. Duh!
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You just have to love the casting in Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23.

Just waiting for the Dawson's Creek reunion episode, even though Van Der Beek already failed to arrange it once.
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Richard Dean Anderson playing himself !!! I hope there is some Stargate SG1 references too.
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I'm glad CBS is trying to get into serials, but we know how this will end. This seems like another Jericho to me. The reason why Person of Interest does so well is because it mixes serials and episodes together without there being a main focus on the primary story line.
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The Jericho debacle came instantly to mind for me as well. What a colossal FUBAR that was (and what a stellar representation from serious fans on communicating dissatisfaction to a major network). Like several other commenters, I wish King's gem had stayed @SHO. The old school networks have a wretched track record with the sci-fi community.

But I think you are selling POI seriously short in saying the reason the show "does so well is because it mixes serials and episodes together without there being a main focus on the primary story line." POI is one of the most entertaining character-driven cross-genre series on network television today. The development of the characters and the exploration of serious thematic content is subtle and intelligently crafted, the bromance between Finch and Reese is by far one of the best, most masculine yet still authentic and endearing offered to audiences. The writing is clever and largely avoids the corny, ham-fisted mistakes so often made in network programming, and the musical coordination staff is brilliant. Not to mention the action scenes and interesting storylines that are just so fun and entertaining to watch, or the artful and relevant use of flashbacks and information revelation so many other shows get so wrong. POI does so well for more reasons than I've humbly listed here, and while not a serious departure from CBS's bread and butter procedural format, at the start it was one of their more daring propositions.
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Yeah I did kind of sell it short. I love everything you just said about Person of Interest.
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It's official, the hell froze over.
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Sheldon's work place? Sheldon's??? Jesus. The Urkelization is complete. Christ. Literally every regular character but Penny works there. Amy, Bernadette, Howard, Raj, Leonard.
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Amy and Bernadette work elsewhere, and the guys met at work, that's how they became friends.
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You never know, Penny might start working at the cafeteria there...
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Read the book. Loved the book. Bummed the show didn't stay on Showtime.
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I will! I'm just finishing up the Song of Ice and Fire seires so I can start watching the damn show already!! I already have Under the Dome in my kindle.
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I was saying I had "Read the book", but your interpretation works! And you will not be disappointed with GoT.
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oh haha. Yeah the SOIAF is awesome I'm on the third book.
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Both of you should read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. If, someday, (preferably) HBO decides to make a TV-show based on the 3 books it's going to be the best thing ever. But It might be even harder to adapt than SOIAF.
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I heard that book was great. I'll get to it someday.
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I wish it had stayed at Showtime too... No chance of seeing boobs on CBS!
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The emmys just another night when a fav show wont be televised.
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I never give a crap about the Emmy's. They give them out to crap shows, especially the so-called comedies.
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you are right on about "so-called comedies" winning all the Emmys every year. Same thing with dramas, cable usually sweeps a lot of them.
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*High Five* Under the Dome sounds great and because of that, will probably be getting the axe after season one. I say turn all of Steven King's works into TV shows. Haven is pretty good too.
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Sooooo excited for Under the Dome..great book! I think its a great idea to turn it into a 13 episode series..it is such an intricate book with sooo many subplots I think it'll be easy to churn out 13 episodes...
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It is a great book! Have you read King's 11/22/63?
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I have not FF, I assume it's worth taking a look at? Do you believe its better then Under the Dome? Also, I see you mentioned the Dark Tower series...I have tried a couple of times to get into it, but I just haven't mustered it yet... is it really so amazing?
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It is definitely worth taking a look at. Under the Dome is a great read, but if I had to choose one it would be 11/22/63, no question.

And I totally understand your difficulty in getting into the Dark Tower series. I tried reading the first book in the series (The Gunslinger) two times and couldn't sink my teeth into it. I just found it so bizarre and disorienting. You're thrust into this strange world and have absolutely no idea what's going on. Roland is chasing some man in black, that's about all you know for certain in the first few chapters. The ending is even crazier than the beginning. If one of my friends didn't urge me to finish the first book, and then once again urge me to read the second book, I probably would have given up on it.

Which would have been a shame, because it is one of the best series of books I've ever read.

So, like my friend did for me, I urge you to read the first two books. If you are a fan of King's works, you will be hooked by the end of the second book. I promise you that.
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11/22/63 is on my "to read" list. I saw it at Target and read the inside cover description and thought to myself "I need to read this."
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I was not overjoyed with Under the Dome, it was okay. 11/22/63 was a pretty great ride though...
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I thoroughly enjoyed Under the Dome, but 11/22/63 is one of King's finest works. Right up there with The Stand and his Dark Tower series.

"The past is obdurate."

I'll never forget that line.
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You're gonna love it! It definitely makes you wish time travel was possible.
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I haven't read Under the Dome, but just got 11/22/63 a couple of days back! Can't wait to read it.
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I've only read one Stephen King book before, it was years ago and it wasn't very good, I can't remember which one, but I'm willing to give some more of his a go. I wouldn't mind reading The Colorado Kid that Haven is based too.
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@TrevPlatt - If you're a Stephen King fan, The Stand, 11/22/63, and the Dark Tower series are all must reads.
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Well there's a few books to add to my Christmas list, I haven't read any of them.
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Gaaaah. I'm overjoyed to see yet another King work of art being out on screen... but CBS? COME ON!
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What's your point? CBS is the network that broadcast the original Salem's Lot, as well as Golden Years. Hopefully, if I bother to watch Under the Dome, it will actually have a conclusion, unlike Golden Years.
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I have nothing against CBS. I am disappointed that it doesn't get to be on, say, AMC.
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Under the Dome is one of the very few books i have personally enjoyed from Stephen King and i do feel that a mini series would best explore the characters that are in the book as well as all the sub plots. I think a movie would not have done this particular book justice. The beginning of the book has a list of 3 pages of characters names that are featured in the book, so it's very epic. Would also have liked to see it on HBO/SHO, but i can settle. I know there are quite a few scenes that aren't CBS friendly.
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Under the Dome sounds like an interesting idea, but I'll probably wait to check it out, mainly because I want to see if it lasts for more than a season (plus I have enough shows to watch, especially if you count DVDs/Netflix).
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Under the Dome sounds great (and good for CBS for trying non-procedural stuff) but the concept seems too good for a network show. Granted, it doesn't sound like something that has to have a lot of violence, swearing, or nudity, so cable isn't NEEDED... but still, I guess I'm a pessimist when it comes to serial shows on network television.

Also, Kingpin sounds like something I can love. With Banshee and The Transporter, along with Hunted (which they're trying to continue), Cinemax has some serious potential. Kind of.
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Agreed. Cinemax has shown both promise and intelligence partnering with British networks and personnel in producing original programming. I really enjoyed "Hunted" and hope we'll see a some continuation/conclusion to the Hourglass storyline and "Strikeback" is quite entertaining; series 1, which did not air on Cinemax, is by far the best, but series 3 (2 in the US) was also great. "Strikeback" series 2 & 3 (1 & 2 in the US) contain the expectantly high levels of T&A one sort of expects from Cinemax, though certainly no more than Starz's "Spartacus" franchise, but "Hunted" did not overtly exercise nudity nor gratuitous violence and came off quite engaging.
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The Simpsons did it!
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Great comment.
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Tee-hee! :D
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No, no, no. Having Richard Karn on Last Man Standing is a great idea. Tim and Al will be reunited again.
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Yeah the promo could be great for that. I would have a freeze frame pic of him with a cgi fence covering half his face. With a quote "guess who stops by Last Man Standing"_
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A CBS show I'm actually interested in watching. hell has frozen over.
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