CBS has reportedly snatched up rights to air the post-apocalyptic series “Under the Dome” based on the novel of the same name. CBS has ordered 13 episodes of the series which was originally developed at Showtime but was swapped over to CBS when Showtime’s network president David Nevins decided it wasn’t a great fit for the cable channel.
“Under the Dome” will follow the story of a small New England town struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, sealed off from the rest of civilization by a gigantic transparent dome that no one knows the explanation to. President of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler, said that the series will bring big production values in order to create a “summer programming event”. She also said “We’re excited to transport audiences Under the Dome and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined.”
The series will not be an exact replication of the novel however, as often happens with novel to television or movie recreations. This does not mean that it will be a disappointment to fans though. Just look at the immense success of “The Walking Dead”, also a post-apocalyptic scenario, which constantly strays from its comic book storyline while maintaining a devoted fan base. Those who have read the book who also plan on checking out the series when it airs this coming summer are implored to keep open mind to an ending that may differ from that of the novel.
Casting has not yet taken place, but it is certain that Stephen King himself will be playing a role in producing the series. With what most readers know of King’s trademark suspense, horror and fantastical style of writing, we can expect that “Under the Dome” will have some surprises in store for viewers.