In the past, summertime meant nothing new on television, or at least very little. That’s slowly been changing over the years as cable networks have been smart enough to realize all us viewers are still at home wanting something to watch in the evening.
For quite a while we’ve had a fair amount of new and original programming to pick from during the summer, but the major broadcast nets have mostly ignored viewers, only offering reruns or ghastly reality programming. At last CBS is taking note and bringing us not only a scripted series, but a genre series. Even better is it’s based on a Stephen King book.
A couple of weeks ago we brought you a short preview and first-look video in the article Preview & First Look At Stephen King’s “Under the Dome.” The first-look video gave us a little behind-the-scenes information and a few words from the actors and Mr. King himself while the preview was a good sampling of scenes from the series set to a cover of “All Along the Watchtower.”
Now CBS has released an extended preview that gives you an even better look at the series. This preview is a full 2 1/2 minutes long and seems to hint at a conspiracy. I don’t know how close to the book the series will be, but I know the ending has been changed to leave open the possibility of a second season.
UNDER THE DOME, which premieres Monday, June 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS, is based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel about a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome.
UNDER THE DOME stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy and Aisha Hinds.
UNDER THE DOME is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Jack Bender and Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the television adaptation, will serve as executive producers.
I really hope this turns out good and does well enough in the ratings that it returns next summer for another season. Hopefully this is the beginning of more new programming in the summer from the “big broadcast” networks. It’s about time they understand we don’t all leave our homes when summer comes and that we really do watch TV all year long. The cable nets have known that for years.
Stephen King’s Under the Dome premieres Monday, June 24 at 10/9c on CBS.