Our 10 Most Anticipated New Shows for Summer 2013

Fall, you're too far away! Winter, whatever! Spring, we're done with you! We've already slathered zinc oxide on our noses and ironed our Bermuda shorts for some summer lovin', and we're ready for a whole new season of new show premieres. But which ones are worth staying in for? Below you'll find the 10 shows that not only pair very well with air-conditioning, but the ones we're most looking forward to this summer. Use it as a mini-calendar, or a chance to learn about new shows, or print it out and use it as a placemat, it's up to you. And to save you the trouble and blood-pressure spike of angry commenting, please note that this list is made of NEW shows that are premiering in June, July, or August. Yes, we are stoked for Breaking Bad, too, but it's not eligible for this list.


10. Graceland (USA)

When it's on: Thursdays starting June 6 at 10pm

Who's in it: Aaron Tveit, Daniel Sunjata, Serinda Swan, Vanessa Ferlito, and Brandon Jay McLaren

What it's about: It's like The Real World: Secret Agents! Undercover agents from different branches of law enforcement (FBI, CIA, DEA, etc.) live together in a beach house where they bust bad guys and work on their tans. Part comedy, part police drama, this series from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin might be USA's next hit. 



9. Camp (NBC)

When it's on: Wednesdays starting July 10 at 10pm

Who's in it: Rachel Griffiths, Tom Green (the Australian one, not the Canadian one), Tim Pocock, Dena Kaplan, and Rodger Corser

What it's about: A new spin on the raucous summer-camp comedies of the '70s and '80s, Camp follows the adult directors, college-age counselors, and kid campers who work at and attend a summer getaway called Little Otter Family Camp. Griffiths' character, the camp director, is fresh off a divorce, which means there's a cougar on the loose. And of course there's a rival camp across the lake! Inter-camp Olympics in the finale? We can only hope. 



8. Whose Line is it Anyway? (The CW)

When it's on: Tuesdays starting July 16 at 8pm

Who's in it: Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrieand new host Aisha Tyler

What it's about: The long-running improv show returns to The CW! The quick wits of returning players are tested with songs, props, and fake dinner parties made up on the spot. Has Colin Mochrie gone senile? Can Wayne Brady still come up with a rhyme for "Batman" while making up a song in the style of '50s swing? Will Ryan Stiles ever get the praise he deserves? Will host Aisha Tyler make sense of the nonsensical points system? (It doesn't matter.) Will The CW's viewers think they've accidentally changed the channel to The 700 Club



7. Low Winter Sun (AMC)

When it's on: Sundays starting August 11 at 10pm

Who's in it: Mark Strong, Lennie James, Athena Karkanis, David Costabile, and Erika Alexander

What it's about: A Detroit detective thinks he's gotten away with the perfect crime of killing another D-town cop, buuuuuuuut not so fast—the murder draws him into the criminal underworld of Detroit! As you know, that's not what cops are supposed to do. The show is based on the British series of the same name. And it has two of the best recently jobless actors in David Costabile (Breaking Bad's Gale) and Lennie James (The Walking Dead's Morgan)!



6. Animation Domination High-Def (Fox)

When it's on: Saturdays starting July 27 at 11pm

Who's in it: Crazy psychedelic 'toons, man!

What it's about: Instead of trying a sketch-comedy show on Saturday nights, Fox is hoping to catch the bloodshot eyes of young people who are too glued to the couch to leave the house with this collection of bizarre short-form animation series that's part Robot Chicken and part Adult Swim. The shows in the block include Axe Cop, High School USA, Golan the Insatiable, and Lucas Bros. Moving Co., but if you're watching this, chances are you'll be so blazed you won't even know what planet you're on. There are also lots of cartoons about animal penises, so that's a plus. 



5. In the Flesh (BBC America)

When it's on: Thursdays starting June 6 at 10pm

Who's in it: Luke Newberry, Steve Cooper, Marie Critchley, and Harriet Cains

What it's about: This BBC three-parter (a second season has already been ordered) lands in the U.S. this summer (no spoilers please, England!), and brings with it the story of a teenager who's back from the dead. Plus a bunch of other people who used to be dead but aren't anymore. But after years of containment and treatment, these "zombies" are deemed okay to return to their normal lives and guess what? Some people don't dig that. 



4. Ray Donovan (Showtime)

When it's on: Sundays starting June 30 at 10pm

Who's in it: Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Jon Voight, Eddie Marsam, Katherine Moennig, James Woods, and Rosanna Arquette

What it's about: When there's a dead tranny hooker... sleeping in your bed... who you gonna call? RAY DONOVAN! Ray is the fixer Hollywood hotshots look to when they're in deep trouble. But Ray has problems of his own—err, make that one big problem: his dad who just got released from prison. 



3. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

When it's on: Thursday July 11 (all episodes will be available for streaming at once)

Who's in it: Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Danielle Brooks, and Michael Harney

What it's about: A FEMALE PRISON! But more specifically, this series from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan focuses on a woman whose past mistake of muling drug money gets her thrown in jail. Far from her fiance and the creature comforts of her fab New York apartment, she learns hard and eye-opening life lessons from her new criminal friends. Remember how good the first two seasons of Weeds were? We're hoping for something like that.


2. Under the Dome (CBS)

When it's on: Mondays starting June 24 at 10pm

Who's in it: Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Colin Ford, Dean Norris, Britt Robertson, Natalie Martinez, Ned Bellamy, and Jeff Fahey

What it's about: Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Under the Dome is a 13-episode sci-fi "limited event" (with a chance for more) about a small town that's cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious dome-shaped force field. Needless to say, people freak out. 



1. The Bridge (FX)

When it's on: Wednesdays starting July 10 at 10pm

Who's in it: Diane Kruger, Demián Bichir, Annabeth Gish, Ted Levine, Thomas M. Wright, and Matthew Lillard

What it's about: Yep, FX's new series The Americans topped our most anticipated midseason list, and the network has achieved a similar feat with The Bridge. Based on a Swedish series, The Bridge follows two detectives—an American lady and a Mexican señor Mexican—as they hunt down a serial killer who operates on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Will they be an international superteam like a Cool Ranch Doritos Tacos Locos, or a trans-border travesty like a Chevy's Happy Hour Cabo Wabo Rock N' Rita? 




What new shows are YOU looking forward to this summer?

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I watch Graceland, but I'm downloading Undr The Dome now, it looks awesome
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Zombies, everyone loves brain eaters.
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Watch the Bridge, I have, it's really good. Just a shame that it needs a English language version to get the attention it deserves. I can't see the series adding to what's already gone before, but I hope they do and don't do a scene straight translation. Looking forward to "Under the Dome"
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I've been waiting for Whose Line to return since the day it went off the air. I was utterly in love with Colin Mochrie and I hope Chip Esten makes an appearance now and again...
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in the Flesh was just okay nothing to write home about!!, Graceland was pathetic gave up after 3 episodes, UNDER THE DOME is excellent so far, as for rest its a big pass!!
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Loved "In The Flesh". Great little series, can't wait to hear more about the prophet next series.
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Some of these sound genuinely decent, and of course Whose Line is it Anyway? is tried, tested, and true, and I'm happy it's back. In the Flesh sounds great, as does Orange is the New Black, and I'm interested in Under the Dome.
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graceland for sure !
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Honestly.... Whose Line. The Bridge looks good too
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Under the Dome reminded me of an episode from The Outer Limits, but there the outside world turned out to be an illusion (hologram) and the town has actually been kidnapped by aliens as part of a feasibility test ( to see if humans were a strong enough specie to survive and become their slaves)... in the end they all killed themselves to fool the aliens into thinking the humans were not worth enslaving. I hope this dome has a different purpose. Quite curious about this show.
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I remember that episode! One of my favorite The Outer Limits episodes! I wish they still reran that show like they used to in the 70s and 80s!
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Okay, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a fall show. So whoever keeps posting about it needs to hold on to their pants for just a little longer.
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"Under the Dome" seems like it's going to be great, unless it isn't. "In the Flesh" IS awesome, but it does not belong in this list, since it's not a new show (just like "Continuum", in the previous list). "Whose Line is it Anyway?" is hilarious, but with so many rewatchable skits on youtube, it's a bit pointless to create new episodes of that kind of show (it's also not a new show). The rest looks like crap. If these are the 10 most anticipated, it's gonna be a boring season for new shows.
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Graceland - boring & predictable, in spite of the hunky guy
Camp - zero interest
Whose Line is it Anyway - who cares?
Low Winter Sun - forecast is gloomy
Animation Domination - huh?
In the Flesh - deadsville
Ray Donovan - Scandal-like storyline, but the preview was decent
Orange is the New Black - I'd rather watch Locked Up Abroad
Under the Dome - sounds promising
The Bridge - maybe
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I'm surprised Twisted didn't make this list...it's very good so far...
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Under the Dome I will give that a watch as I love his books as for the rest forget it
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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. !!!
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These all look amazing! Whose Line Is It Anyway revived on the CW? That's astoundingly awesome!
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Ray Donovan and Low Winter Sun are the most anticipated for me. I like gritty dramas. Orange is the New Black looks really promising too. I loved Weeds, until I didn't...
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Under the Dome is only the most anticipated because it's King and 99% of voters haven't read the book, which had an intriguing premise and good characters, but the big reveal was one of his worst and laziest endings ever.
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Agree with great premise, characters and storyline. Also agree that the closure was not King's best.
BUT...sometimes the journey is better than the final destination. I sure enjoyed the journey.
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Anybody remember "Lost"? An awful ending doesn't necessarily make the rest of the show worthless.
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No, that's certainly true, but in this case it did for me, anyway. I will never go back, knowing what I know...
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When I see the plot synopsis of Under the Dome, all I can think of is The Simpsons Movie
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Under the Dome ... I read the novella and if the series is anything like the story people are in for a wild -- if not claustrophobic -- ride. What has me worried most is that 13 episodes seems like a stretch. I think that half that many or 4 two hour episodes would have been sufficient to cover every nasty plot twist. I just hope that we don't get a watered down version that is tepid and frustrating to watch. If it's a success then maybe we'll get more KING!

The novella was quick paced, exciting, tense, had lots of twists and turns, and was full of quirky characters that provided the reader with tons of clashing personal agendas like nobody but King can bring to life. If the producers can provide us with even half the suspense and wicked fun of the novella then it should be very enjoyable to watch as people unravel in interesting ways.

SPOILER ALERT! The DOME was created by --- ha ha, you didn't actually think that I would tell ya, did ya?
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How is 1088 pages a 'novella' ;-)
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Yeah, it went on like forever...
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Under the Dome for sure. Whose Line also, for old times' sake. Ray Donovan looks pretty good too.

The rest ... bleah. Who knows, there might be some surprises in there, but I'm not holding my breath.
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If 'The Bridge' is anything like the original show (Bron) it should be awesome. It could be tricky tho for us that seen Bron and will compare the two whether we like to or not. Like with The Killing. I liked the latter one tho, it held it's own against the original, so hopefully it will be the same with The Bridge. I'm always hopeful before I jump of the bridge, pun intended ;)
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what is the problem of FX?
The Bridge and The Americans are in low-color view. I hate to watch tv show with that graphic!
(The Americans is almost grey color..)
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Under the Dome - AND So You Think You Can DAnce.
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whose line is it anyway for sure! can't wait to watch it!
after that the dome concept seems nice
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The Originals will be better than all of these shows, also The 100
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the originals is scheduled for fall.. this is about the summer shows.. -_-
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Why would you use the word "tranny" in a description of a show? Do you think those who consider this offensive are NOT reading tv.com? Ruined both the show and the article for me.
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How is tranny offensive? A blind person IS a blind person. Sure, you can use the term "visually impaired", since it is a synonym. But just because you want to use "visually impaired", there's no reason why I shouldn't say "blind" instead. To sum up, if transgender = tranny, then either none is offensive or both are.
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It's offensive for the same reason people don't say the n word in place of negro. Hopefully that analogy helped you understand why the original poster was so offended by the word's use.
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Considering the majority of transgendered people call themselves Trannies, I doubt most of them would be offended. Once again, someone feels the need to take offense at something when the object of that supposed offense probably never gave the description another thought.
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But negro IS a "n word", and it has the same meaning as nigger, or dark person. Just saying someone is black should not be considered an insult, unless it's the same kind of person who wants to be taken seriously by still using "gay" as an insult, or "tall person", or... you get the point.
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Too bad you're so sensitive, this show is going to be GREAT!! Ah, so many different shades of politically correct to keep track of these days...and the more obscure, the more fanatical.

Ever consider it might be a mistake on the part of the author who hasn't been brought up to speed on what's PC today? Perhaps rather than having a hissy on the forum, you could contact the site directly? Or would that not get you enough attention?
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Why sooooo sensitivvvvvve, brotha/sista? Oh, I get it, it's considered dehumanizing and politically incorrect by the transgender community, yet it's still inadvertently used by the mainstream media (and bloggers) on a regular basis. Nobody likes to be flagrantly denigrated -- even accidentally. Thanks for alerting the writer to his faux pas (can I say that...?). It's a slur that needs to be buried (alive if necessary) along with other stereotypical words that belittle one's identify and self-worth.
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The Bridge might be at the top of the list but I'll be watching "The Killing" this summer for my fix of a detective team investigating a murder.
Of course "Under the Dome" will be at the top of my list of new Summer shows. The book had so many great characters and subplots - just hope the TV show captures that.
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"Under the Dome" looks like the only one that's different and interesting, the rest is just the same old boring stuff you already see on tv year after year. If you seen one cop show, you've seen them all!
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Orange is the new black is pretty different. Haven't seen a semi-serious women in prison drama since Bad Girls (which is nearly a decade old)
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Possibly "Under the Dome". Can't go too far wrong with Stephen King. "Whose Line" makes me homesick for my days of performing improv, so I'll pass. The rest...stink.
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yep, the summer comes boring on tv, as usual... let's hope some of these shows will be better than they look right now...
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Ray Donovan - I was digging it until Jon Voight showed up. Worthless actor. So, I'm out...
Under the Dome - Looks great!
The Bridge - I'm intrigued.
Graceland - Given the reviews and the high praises, I'm willing to check out another USA show.

The rest? Meh...
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So poor :( Tv is so lame this days, with only reality trash :(((((((((((((((
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Under the dome because Britt Robertson pretty much. In the flesh looks good too.
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under the dome seems interesting and I used to love whose line is it anyway so I will bring back good memories to watch new ones
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Under the dome....yes please....
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Under the Dome!!!
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what about Agents of SHIELD of whatever it's called
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Not a summer show.
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I like the Avengers spin off as much as I like Under the Doom (I don't know if its S.H.I.E.L.D. or SHIELD either)
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Dexter season 8? Suits Season 3? True Blood Season 6?
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Double fail.

1. It's a list of anticipated NEW shows. It says so right at the start of the article.
2. Since you're talking about older shows, it's a crime to not mention Breaking Bad.
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Failception.

What about "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and "In the Flesh"?
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Graceland looks like a good one. Best pilot I've seen in a long time.
Yes, the pilot is available for on-line viewing.
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Agree, really liked the pilot-episode.
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"This new show is based off the novel/Canadian/British/Russian(anything but American) original show (that most certainly is better)"Brought to you by the people the original show fired now with less talent!" "Couldnt be bothered to read subtitles or learn a new accent of the same language you currently speak? Then tune in this summer for DumbedDownStreamlinedUSVersiontGarbage on Faux!" "Copying and pasting television so you dont have to change the channel."
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Haha, this is great. Seriously, why don't these guys just focus on getting permission to play good foreign shows, rather than remaking them? Every once in a while it has worked, but it's generally such a disaster. And seriously. Remaking ENGLISH shows? Um, yeah, this show was ALREADY MADE in the LANGUAGE WE SPEAK!
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A Swede here, nice to hear that Bron (The Bridge) seem to be getting international interest. There is a Swedish/Danish sequel coming.
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I'm really scared that the new whose line is it anyway will not have the same magic as the old one. Please don't destroy the memory of a good show CW.
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Just based on their 90210 tributes alone, I think it's safe to say it's going to be good. They made 9O21O entertaining for a minute. Something 9O21O hasn't achieved, ever.
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the thing i didnt like about whose line is it was the need for a musical number - but i do have faith in ryan stiles and colin mochrie
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With the possible exception of the Hoedowns, I'd have to agree on the musical nonsense. I used to watch the reruns on ABC Family and muted most of the music skits. Ryan Stiles hated the musical numbers because he has a terrible time coming up with rhymes quickly and Colin...bless Colin and his inability to sing. One hopes these two will anchor the new show away from so much singing.
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The original The Bridge is a fantastic show so that's my number 1 pick as well.
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Am I the only one not excited for none of those shows listed? I might be in trouble because I don't know of anything coming out this summer for me to watch (I'll have to see what else is coming on during the summer season)!
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Well this is just new shows, so if you have returning favourites, you'll still have those (Teen Wolf, True Blood, The Killing, etc)
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You are not alone just went through the list and watched the trailers as well and if that's the best they can do we are doomed.
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Personally, I think that the new show 'Under the Dome' will be interesting at first, but then it will just become annoying and stupid very fast. Why? Well, it is a "dome" so there is nothing preventing the townspeople who are trapped inside it from digging underneath the dome and escaping...if something does prevent them from escaping this way then it isn't a "dome." Also, are we going to be forced to watch them starve to death and/or die from lack of water (depending on if the water source(s) are located inside the "dome", as well as the municiple water treatment plants) and oxygen?
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All your concerns were addressed in the book.
Stephen King is two steps ahead of you.
The book had a multitude of characters and plot lines so there are plenty of storytelling opportunities.
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Read the book. It will explain better than the show will. The only thing you should be concerned about is them dumbing it down since its not on cable. Lets hope they can pull it off because then it has the potential to be a good show
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You haven't read the book, right? No one can do anything about the dome 'cause it's impenetrable, God knows how deep under the town (suggestion was that it was actually a sphere) and yeah - they will start dying after some time but not because they starve... The book was great and I do hope they will be able to make as good series. Especially, that reading the book made me think "that would be a perfect tv series". And voila! Can't wait to see it.
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Don't read much huh? Please go back to watching Days of our Lives.
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I wouldn't call Stephen King required reading, in fact I bet most Days of our Lives viewers have at some point read a SK book or two. ;)
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Wow, what excellent, well thought out points. It's too bad that someone doesn't come along and write some kind of account (maybe even in novel form) of something like this happening, and address your stupid geometry concerns.
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Isn't calling someone stupid, and then justifying the idea of an imaginary dome coming out of nowhere to trap a town kind of hypocritical?
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nope... dipshit.
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This has lawls beyond normal comprehension!
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Under the Dome looks to be the best of the lot.
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I will check out Graceland and definitely Under the Dome..Other than that, maybe I will check Ray Donovan...
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