The adaptation of the Stephen King novel is a limited series that CBS will premiere June 24 at 10 PM. First developed as a regular series, Under The Dome is getting a summer run as the network branches out in the limited series genre. The drama is set in Chester’s Mill, a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. CBS Television Studios produces in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Neal Baer, King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Jack Bender and scribe Brian K. Vaughan executive produce.
Alfre Woodard is joining BBC America’s Copper as recurring. Set in 1865 New York City, Copper returns for a second season on the brink of Lincoln’s assassination — with shifts in politics and society altering the landscape for Irish immigrants and African-Americans. ICM Partners-repped Woodard will play Hattie Lemaster, a former slave who has recently arrived to the Five Points to start anew. Jarred by raucous city life, Hattie must reconcile her past against hope for a future.
Jason Lee Set As The Lead In CBS Pilot ‘Second Sight’, Rachelle Lefevre To Star In Series ‘Under The Dome’
Former My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee will play the lead in Second Sight, CBS‘ drama pilot from Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn. Based on the 2000 British series, Second Sight is described as a gothic psychological thriller about Tanner (Lee), the lead detective with the New Orleans Police Department who is concealing a troublesome secret — he has an ocular disorder that causes him to have horrifying and visually stimulating anxiety dreams and hallucinations. Told by his doctor that he will not go blind, he’s encouraged to think of the side effects as a gift — signposts from his subconscious. In the original series, the role was played by Clive Owen. Cuesta is directing the pilot from a script he wrote with his brother Gerald. Michael Cuesta, Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, Paula Milne and Nick Reed exec produce. Following his starring turn on Earl, Lee toplined TNT’s offbeat dramedy Memphis Beat and recently recurred on Up All Night.
Rachelle Lefevre has been cast as the female lead opposite Mike Vogel and Dean Norris in Under The Dome, CBS’ 13-episode series from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin and Stephen King based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel. The drama is set in Chester’s Mill, a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. Lafevre will play Julia, an investigative reporter who’s just moved to Chester’s Mill from Chicago with her husband.
The pact was built into CBS‘ decision to greenlight the serialized drama from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King based on King’s novel for next summer. It establishes an in-season, online subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) window for the show on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service, which will become the exclusive online subscription home for Under The Dome.
Amazon Prime members will have unlimited streaming of all the series’ episodes four days after their initial broadcast on CBS. The unusual deal helps CBS offset the cost and was key for picking up an elaborate serialized drama for the off-season. There had been speculation that Under The Dome would be made available on Amazon after 24 episodes had aired. But Scott Koondel, Chief Corporate Content Licensing Officer for CBS Corp., explains the rationale behind the window’s length. “With this innovative agreement, we’re giving fans more options to watch and stay current with this serialized series, and doing so in a way that protects the Television Network’s C3 advertising window,” he said.
CBS used some precious Super Bowl promo real estate to air the first teaser for its summer series Under The Dome, from Stephen King and Steven Spielberg. The project, based on King’s novel, is still casting, so the teaser is just conceptual and kicks off an interactive Under The Dome …
Among the barrage of pilot pickups this evening, CBS closed two casting deals for Under The Dome, its 13-episode summer series from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King. Natalie Martinez and Alex Koch have joined the show based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel. Under The Dome is set in Chester’s Mill, a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away.
We Bought A Zoo co-star Colin Ford has become the first actor cast in Under The Dome, a 13-episode series from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King to air this summer. Based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel, the series is set in Chester’s Mill, a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away. Ford will play Joe, a teenager living in Chester’s Mill, a very smart kid who’s understandably freaked out when he discovers that the mysterious barrier covers the whole town — and both his parents are outside of it. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev is directing the first episode from a script by Brian K. Vaughan.
CBS has set the bulk of its summer schedule, locking in premiere dates for the second season of Unforgettable, the new Steven Spielberg-Stephen King drama Under The Dome, the remake of hit UK reality format The Great British Bake Off and an expanded version of veteran Big Brother. “This is our most aggressive summer so far with original programming,” CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said today.
The 13-episode Under the Dome, set in a small town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome, will open Monday, June 24 and will air in the Monday 10 PM slot. Repeats of Hawaii Five-0 will move to Friday 9 PM for the summer. Unforgettable, starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, returns for its second season on Sunday, July 28 at 9 PM., replacing (usually very low rated) summer rebroadcasts of The Good Wife, which is getting off the schedule.
Bake Off will premiere on Wednesday, May 29 at 8 PM. The series features skilled amateur Americans competing in baking challenges. Big Brother will have a longer edition this summer, premiering two weeks earlier than previous years on Wednesday, June 26 at 9 PM. Once again, it will air three times a week, Tuesdays (9 PM, beginning July 2), the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen will be broadcast on Wednesdays (9PM, beginning July 3) and Sundays (8PM, beginning June 30). The Wednesday live eviction show will move to 8PM on July 17 after the reality baking series completes its season order. NCIS: Los Angeles will move to Tuesday (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) beginning July 2. Here is CBS’ summer schedule:
CBS Orders ‘Under The Dome’ Series From Steven Spielberg & Stephen King; Neal Baer To Run, Niels Arden Oplev To Direct
In a departure from its signature drama procedurals, CBS has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to Steven Spielberg and Stephen King‘s Under The Dome, a drama based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel, which will be produced by Spielberg’s Amblin Television. The series will air next summer and will mark CBS’ biggest effort with original scripted fare in the off-season in years with Under The Dome and Unforgettable. Under The Dome tells the story of a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away. I hear the project’s writer Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) kept the general conceit and many of the characters from the book but also introduced new characters as regulars and tweaked some details and backstory for the existing ones. I hear King has blessed all the changes. As for the book’s much-talked-about ending, which has divided King fans, I hear the series won’t follow it, and as in success, CBS would like to do another season.
CBS landed Under The Dome in turnaround. The supernatural thriller was originally set up at pay cable sibling Showtime in August 2011. When Amblin sensed the project was not moving forward at Showtime, they asked the network to release it and took it out to the broadcast networks. In an effort to keep the show in the family, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins, who liked the project despite feeling it was not right for Showtime, recommended it to his CBS counterpart Nina Tassler, who was interested. The network subsequently laid the show off at CBS TV Studios, which will produce it with Amblin; attached veteran Neal Baer, who is under an overall deal at CBS Studios, as showrunner; and brought in original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev to direct the first episode. The network has history with Oplev — in his U.S. debut, he directed the pilot of the CBS procedural Unforgettable, which coincidentally will be Under The Dome‘s companion on the CBS summer schedule unless the network changes its plans. “This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event,” Tassler said.
In one of Showtime’s most ambitious undertakings, the pay cable network is partnering with Steven Spielberg and Stephen King for Under the Dome, a drama series based on King’s 2009 novel, which will be produced by DreamWorks Television. The supernatural thriller revolves around locals at a Maine vacation spot who battle one another when a force field suddenly surrounds their town and cuts them off from the rest of the world. DreamWorks’ Spielberg and Stacey Snider nabbed the rights to King’s novel shortly after it was published in November 2009 to strong reviews. Search is underway for a writer to write the project, whose executive producers will include King and DreamWorks TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Spielberg has a longstanding relationship with King. He previously teamed with the bestselling author to adapt his 1984 novel The Talisman, which was originally developed as feature and then as a miniseries that was once set up at TNT.
This marks a return to genre series for Showtime, which took a break following the 2003 dramedy Dead Like Me, and the network’s latest collaboration with DreamWorks TV.