There is no upcoming series that I am more excited about that Under the Dome, the CBS adaptation of the Stephen King book of the same name. The series, which begins airing this summer, debuted at WonderCon on Saturday, as footage from the series as well as interviews with the cast and creators was shown.
The series focuses on residents of Chester's Mill who have to deal with a strange dome that surrounds their town mysteriously and violently.
Neal Baer is serving as the showrunner of the series and said it will revolve around three main themes: faith ("This can't be real," "This won't last for too long"), fear ("Oh my God, what are we going to do") and fascism ("Who's going to maintain order when people run out of things").
"That gives us a guideline to dig into these stories and helps us root for characters, hate some of them and love characters and be passionate about them," he said, saying that the series is more than a miniseries.
Helping with the project is Brian K. Vaughn, who worked on Lost and also masterminded the great comic series "Y: The Last Man." Vaughn helped King come together with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment to make the series happen.
"Steven Spielberg is the world's ultimate optimist and Stephen King is the world's ultimate pessimist, but they're both humanists -- they both love their characters and it was easy to wed those two people since they both like writing about people," he said.
Jack Bender, a producer on the series, said that "It is big and there are big subjects in the show and big entertainment."
Under the Dome debuts on June 24. Will you be watching?