New teaser

Posted: July 4, 2013, 09:05
Here is a new teaser for episode 3 of Under the Dome.

Today's topic

Posted: June 29, 2013, 00:45
If you missed it, today’s big topic is the letter King wrote to defend the changes that were made when Under the Dome was transferred from the book to the TV series. Some fans agree with King and some don’t and no matter how you see it, King fans are sometimes very hard against adaptations that don’t follow the book. Anyhow, this got me thinking and I suspect that all these changes was the reason CBS didn’t want King fansites reviewing the pilot in advance. Lilja’s Library as well as other King sites didn’t get screeners with the excuse that only the bigger publications would get them and I think that was because the bigger publications would be less likely to see those changes. A King site would probably mentioning them, something CBS tried to avoid for as long as possible. What do you think?

Read King’s letter here and my review here.

Preview of King on CBS Sunday Morning

Posted: June 29, 2013, 00:04
Stephen King will be on CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday, June 30th. CBS Sunday Morning airs from 9am to 10:30am EDT.

The piece features an interview with Anthony Mason filmed in Bridgton, Maine (the inspiration for Chester's Mill) and a walk around the set of Under The Dome On CBS. Here is a preview.

King about differences in TV series

Posted: June 28, 2013, 12:23
This message was posted on King's official site addressing the fans who are having some problems with the changes that have been made in the TV series version of Under the Dome compared to the book.

For those of you out there in Constant Reader Land who are feeling miffed because the TV version of Under the Dome varies considerably from the book version, here’s a little story.

Near the end of his life, and long after his greatest novels were written, James M. Cain agreed to be interviewed by a student reporter who covered culture and the arts for his college newspaper. This young man began his time with Cain by bemoaning how Hollywood had changed books such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. Before he could properly get into his rant, the old man interrupted him by pointing to a shelf of books behind his desk. “The movies didn’t change them a bit, son,” he said. “They’re all right up there. Every word is the same as when I wrote them.”

I feel the same way about Under the Dome. If you loved the book when you first read it, it’s still there for your perusal. But that doesn’t mean the TV series is bad, because it’s not. In fact, it’s very good. And, if you look closely, you’ll see that most of my characters are still there, although some have been combined and others have changed jobs. That’s also true of the big stuff, like the supermarket riot, the reason for all that propane storage, and the book’s thematic concerns with diminishing resources.

Many of the changes wrought by Brian K. Vaughan and his team of writers have been of necessity, and I approved of them wholeheartedly. Some have been occasioned by their plan to keep the Dome in place over Chester’s Mill for months instead of little more than a week, as is the case in the book. Other story modifications are slotting into place because the writers have completely re-imagined the source of the Dome.

That such a re-imagining had to take place was my only serious concern when the series was still in the planning stages, and that concern was purely practical. If the solution to the mystery were the same on TV as in the book, everyone would know it in short order, which would spoil a lot of the fun (besides, plenty of readers didn’t like my solution, anyway). By the same token, it would spoil things if you guys knew the arcs of the characters in advance. Some who die in the book—Angie, for instance—live in the TV version of Chester’s Mill…at least for awhile. And some who live in the book may not be as lucky during the run of the show. Just sayin’.

Listen, I’ve always been a situational writer. My idea of what to do with a plot is to shoot it before it can breed. It’s true that when I start a story, I usually have a general idea of where it’s going to finish up, but in many cases I end up in a different place entirely (for instance, I fully expected Ben Mears to die at the end of ’Salem’s Lot, and Susannah Dean was supposed to pop off at the end of Song of Susannah). “The book is the boss,” Alfred Bester used to say, and what that means to me is the situation is the boss. If you play fair with the characters—and let them play their parts according to their strengths and weaknesses—you can never go wrong. It’s impossible.

There’s only one element of my novel that absolutely had to be the same in the novel and the show, and that’s the Dome itself. It’s best to think of that novel and what you’re seeing week-to-week on CBS as a case of fraternal twins. Both started in the same creative womb, but you will be able to tell them apart. Or, if you’re of a sci-fi bent, think of them as alternate versions of the same reality.

As for me, I’m enjoying the chance to watch that alternate reality play out; I still think there’s no place like Dome.

As for you, Constant Reader, feel free to take the original down from your bookshelf anytime you want. Nothing between the covers has changed a bit.

Comic Con will be Under the Dome

Posted: June 28, 2013, 11:22
On Sunday, July 21, fans are invited to join the cast and producers of this summer’s critically acclaimed series Under the Dome at Comic-Con 2013.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Hashtag: #DomeSDCC

The dome has descended upon Chester’s Mill and there is no way in or no way out! Get a sneak peek of what’s in store for the town and its residents as they become sealed off from the rest of the world in this summer’s critically acclaimed series based on the bestselling book by Stephen King, from Amblin Television. Stars Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Vogel (Bates Motel) and Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight) will be joined by executive producers Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) and Neal Baer (Law & Order: SVU). Norris, Vogel and Lefevre will participate in an exclusive autograph signing following the panel at the CBS Interactive Booth at 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM on the convention floor.

Under the Dome episode 2

Posted: June 27, 2013, 11:28
“The Fire” – While the residents of Chester’s Mill face the uncertainty of life in the dome, panic is heightened when a house goes up in flames and their fire department is outside of the dome, on UNDER THE DOME, Monday, July 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

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Thanks to Ari

Rachelle Lefevre at HuffPost Live

Posted: June 18, 2013, 07:51

So, for those of you that didn’t catch it live, here’s the “HuffPost Live” segment with actress Rachelle Lefevre who plays Julia Shumway in Under the Dome. Rachelle was great even though my own performance was somewhat mediocre. I totally misjudged the lightning you need for a thing like this and like the host Jacob Soboroff says, it looks foggy in Sweden :-) The sound acted up as well but in the end I managed to ask Rachelle my question and I’m happy I got the chance to join in! I appear about 9.5 minutes into the segment.

Rachelle Lefevre interview tonight!

Posted: June 17, 2013, 23:46
OK so this evening HuffPost Live will be sitting down with actress Rachelle Lefevre who plays Julia Shumway in Under the Dome for an interview and they invited me to join them…and I will. We’ll be live 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT so check us out here!

President Obama not Under the Dome

Posted: June 17, 2013, 11:20
Apparently CBS originally used a speech delivered by President Obama in the pilot for Under the Dome but then got concerns about using actual audio in this specific fictional context and decided to edit it out.

Audio from a President Obama speech delivered in the wake of Hurricane Sandy had been used in an episode of CBS ‘s Under The Dome but has since been cut, the network confirms. “The audio of the President in the final scene will change,” said CBS in an official statement. “The scene cleared broadcast standards, but both Amblin TV and CBS had concerns about using actual audio in this specific fictional context.” The Stephen King adaptation premiering June 24 follows the residents of a small town that becomes isolated from the outside world by an invisible barrier. The Obama clip had been briefly integrated into fictional news reports on the events within the show at the end of the episode. The version sent to critics for review two weeks ago was not final. CBS and Amblin Entertainment opted to edit out the audio on Thursday.

King's report from Under the Dome

Posted: June 14, 2013, 14:49
The new issue of EW (out today) might be worth checking out...

For more on Superman’s history and his most recent reincarnation — Plus, Stephen King’s report from the set of his new CBS series, Under the Dome — check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday, June 14.

New Under the Dome art

Posted: June 14, 2013, 08:30
Here is a new poster for Under the Dome and personally I like this one better than the previous one with the boy and dog which I thought was a tiny bit too cute. How about you?

My thought on Under the Dome...or not

Posted: June 12, 2013, 12:25
Many of you have emailed me asking "when are you reviewing the pilot of Under the Dome?", "when are you going to tell us if Under the Dome is a must or not?", “how well are they following the book?” Well, I would do that right here and now if I could but (unlike channels like ABC, TNT, A&E, USA and so on) for some reason CBS doesn’t feel that Lilja's Library is the right place to have the latest Stephen King TV series reviewed. So, no screener will be sent and I won’t see the pilot until it airs and by then you’ll know for yourself if it’s as good as people are saying or not. I will however keep you as updated as I can but there won’t be an early review this time.

Now, if you live in or near Wilmington, North Carolina you might get the chance to see the pilot 4 days early. The town, where the first season was shot, is holding a free screening of the pilot on June 20th. Tickets will be given away on-line through a local radio station’s website.

Tickets for a free screening of “UTD’s” pilot in downtown Wilmington on June 20 are limited and will be available only through radio and television giveaways, CBS announced Tuesday.Passes for the event, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Thalian Hall’s main stage, 310 Chestnut St., will be doled out daily online at through Wednesday, June 19. Fans also can win tickets by tuning in to WAZO-FM (Z107.5), WRMR-FM (Modern Rock 98.7) and WMFD-AM (AM630 ESPN Radio) for giveaways. The screening will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with the red carpet arrivals of cast members Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), Rachelle Lefevre (“Twilight”), Mike Vogel (“Bates Motel”), Natalie Martinez (“CSI:NY”), and Britt Robertson (“The Secret Circle”). The series’ producers also will be on hand for a Q&A session after the showing, including Stephen King, Brian K. Vaughn (“Lost”), who also wrote the pilot, Neal Baer (“Law and Order: SVU”), and Jack Bender (“Lost”), who serves as the show’s producing director.

Joe's Blog

Posted: June 12, 2013, 11:25
Here is something similar to what was done when the book version of Under the Dome was released. It’s a blog by Joe McAlister who’s a fictional character caught under the dome…

Read the blog here.

Natalie Zea cast in Under the Dome

Posted: June 11, 2013, 15:34
TV Guide reports that Natalie Zea has been cast for a continuing role in Under the Dome beginning in Episode 9.

"Once you're stuck under the dome, casting is fairly limited because people can't get in, but that doesn't mean there might not be somebody hiding out," says executive producer Neal Baer. "We've cast the beautiful Natalie Zea as a woman who makes an alarming appearance in a few episodes beginning in Episode 9. She plays Maxine, and if you think [the show's big baddie] Jim Rennie (Dean Norris) is trouble, you haven't seen trouble yet. And she'll be connected to a number of our characters."

Press release from Under the Dome

Posted: June 7, 2013, 04:24
Here is a press release from CBS about the pilot of Under the Dome and at the bottom you can see the complete castlist for season 1.


Series is Based on the Bestselling Novel by Stephen King

“Pilot” – When the residents of Chester’s Mill find themselves trapped under a massive transparent dome with no way out, they struggle to survive as resources rapidly dwindle and panic quickly escalates, on the series premiere of UNDER THE DOME, Monday, June 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Niels Arden Oplev (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) directed the premiere episode.

UNDER THE DOME, a new 13-episode serialized drama based on Stephen King‘s bestselling novel, is the story of a small town that is 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 about the dome, where it came from and if and when it will go away.

Mike Vogel (Dale “Barbie” Barbara)
Rachelle Lefevre (Julia Shumway)
Dean Norris (James “Big Jim” Rennie)
Natalie Martinez (Deputy Linda)
Britt Robertson (Angie)
Alex Koch (Junior)
Colin Ford (Joe)
Nicholas Strong (Phil Bushey)
Jolene Purdy (Dodee)
Aisha Hinds (Carolyn Hill)

Samantha Mathis (Alice Calvert)
Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie)
Beth Broderick (Rose Twitchell)
Dale Raoul (Andrea Grinell)
Jeff Fahey (Sheriff Duke)
R. Keith Harris (Peter)
Josh Carter (Rusty)
John Elvis (Ben Drake)
Ned Bellamy (Reverend Coggins)
Kevin Sizemore (Paul)
Leon Rippy (Ollie)

Source: CBS

The rest of the world is Under the Dome

Posted: June 7, 2013, 01:36
Good news for non-US King fans about Under the Dome:

U.S. Series Based on Stephen King Novel and Produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television to be Licensed in 200 International Markets

CBS Studios International announced today agreements for the broadcast rights of “Under the Dome” with prominent broadcasters from around the world. The U.S. drama, which is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and is based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, will be licensed in 200 international markets, with some starting to run the series this summer.

International broadcast networks that have licensed the show include Channel 5/UK, ProSiebenSat1-Group/Germany, M6/France, RAIDUE/Italy, Network Ten/Australia and Global Television/Canada. Exact airdates will vary by country.

Under the Dome in the UK

Posted: June 5, 2013, 16:14
Under the Dome will be shown on Channel 5 this fall in the UK:

LOS ANGELES: Channel 5 has been granted the exclusive U.K. broadcast rights for the drama series Under the Dome, based on a best-selling novel by Stephen King, in a deal with CBS Studios International (CBSSI).

“Under the Dome is a very unique and highly anticipated summer television event in the U.S.,” said Armando NunÞez, the president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group. “We’re excited to be working with Channel 5 to bring this high-quality CBS production to U.K. audiences.”

“We are thrilled to be bringing this unmissable drama event to our viewers later this year,” added Katie Keenan, the head of acquisitions at Channel 5. “Stephen King, the master of mystery and suspense, transports the viewer into a world of intrigue, drama and action.”