It's going to be a busy summer for Dean Norris. He is, of course, playing a key role in the final eight episodes of AMC's Breaking Bad. In that show, he plays DEA agent Hank Schrader, who discovered in the final moments of the midseason finale that his brother-in-law was the meth kingpin he'd been chasing for over a year. You can bet that Norris is going to be delivering some grade-A acting in what might be the eight most intense episodes on television all year.
But Norris will also be on network television this summer, as he's just nabbed a starring role in CBS's event series 'Under the Dome.' The series, an adaptation of Stephen King's behemoth (and rather enjoyable) novel of the same name, focuses on a small town in Maine that finds itself inexplicably cut off from the rest of the world thanks to a giant, invisible dome. Norris is slated to play the show's main antagonist, city councilman Big Jim Rennie, who works to establish a bit of a dictatorship over the town after the dome descends.
Having read the book back when it came out, I've got to say that Norris is the perfect fit for Big Jim. While I've never seen him outside of Breaking Bad (aside from his blink-and-you'll-miss-it guest spot on LOST), I think that Norris has got the gravitas needed to keep Big Jim toward the threatening end of the spectrum and away from the campy side. Here's hoping, at least. I'll be tuning in to find out.
Under the Dome is slated to premiere Monday, June 24, on CBS -- and with its thirteen episode order, it looks like for a month or two this summer, we'll be getting a twice-weekly dose of Dean Norris, playing two very different characters. Should be interesting.
Will you be tuning into Under the Dome?