CBS Picks Up 13 Episodes of Drama Series 'Under the Dome' from Steven Spielberg & Stephen King

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November 29th, 2012

CBS has ordered a 13 episode series based on King's novel Under the Dome, skipping the usual pilot development process. The show is slated to debut next summer, a departure from CBS's usual summer line-up of reruns and Big Brother. Neal Baer, whose credits include Law and Order: SVU and ER will be the showrunner. The premise involves one of King's typical small New England towns whose residents wake up one morning to discover that it hs been covered by a giant transparent dome that effectively imprisons everyone. Sounds Revolution-y. Of course, since this is CBS, each episode may involve a team of investigators solving a crime within the domed town.

Here's the press release:


Network Orders 13-Episode Series Based on Stephen King’s Best-Selling Novel

CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios Join Forces with

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Simon & Schuster For

Summer 2013 Television Event

STUDIO CITY, Calif. – CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of UNDER THE DOME, a serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name. The series will be broadcast in summer 2013.

UNDER THE DOME is the story of a small New England 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 to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away.

CBS and Simon & Schuster will cross-promote the television series and book in advance of the show’s summer launch with the April 2013 re-release of trade paperback and electronic editions from its Pocket Books imprint. UNDER THE DOME was initially published by Simon & Schuster's Scribner imprint in November 2009, earning widespread critical acclaim and #1 best-seller status.

“This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event,” said Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment.  “We’re excited to transport audiences UNDER THE DOME and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined.”

In addition to the featured broadcast on CBS, UNDER THE DOME will have a unique programming model tailored for a summer launch with a multi-platform window available for each episode shortly after the network airing. The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

CBS Television Studios will produce the series in association Amblin Television.  Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider and Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the television adaptation, will serve as executive producers. Acclaimed director Niels Arden Oplev will direct the first episode.

About CBS Corporation

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About Amblin Television

With UNDER THE DOME, Amblin Television produces five series at five networks; this joins season #2 of “Smash” at NBC, season #3 of “Falling Skies” at TNT, season #1 of “The Americans” at FX, and season #3 of THE BORGIAS at Showtime.  Amblin is run by Co-Presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, who have been with DreamWorks/Amblin for 17 years.

  • carigis

    stephen king was awesome .. until he added himself to the dark tower and rushed together a lame ending the even required him to warn fans they would hate it..during the book.. I don’t bother reading him anymore. hes lost the touch.

  • Travis

    Simpsons did it.

  • Stella

    Sounds interesting, hopefully it doesn’t go in the procedural way and it’s more sci-fi.

    and for a mini series is great as well, you can wrap up the whole book? and it won’t be dragged around too much.

  • Dennis

    The book was amazing and the series “Should” be fantastic!

    But ya, I thought Showtime had picked it up?

    also, for those saying “Simpsons did it”

    Stephen King wrote the first draft of UNDER THE DOME 20 years ago, so….

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    So, what will happen if a miracle occurs and both Unforgettable and Under the Dome become hits in summer and CBS wants them as regular season shows? They already have another high profile drama slated for next fall (Beverly Hills Cop), so how are they going to have room on the schedule for all of these if they only cancel one drama this year?

  • thesnowleopard

    I think King is a great writer, but his stuff never seems to translate to the small screen well at all. Even his X-Files episode sucked. I’m looking at this, thinking of the disaster area that was “The Kingdom,” and groaning.

  • The Old Woman

    It will flop on CBS. Viewers tuning in for a crime solving procedural will get confused by all the science fiction mumbo jumbo and tune out. It will probably last a couple of weeks before they remove it from the schedule.

    Spielberg should send it to cable.



    Good move running this in the summer. It should skew old, as both have a lot of boomer fans.


    @ Bill

    I agree on both your points. Fri @ 8:00 on CBS would be a fine fit for Under the Dome. Here’s hoping!

  • Justin121

    I knew Unforgettable won’t be alone in the summer.

  • Adam Decker

    This show sounds dumb. I normally wouldn’t expect something this stupid to come from CBS. But I guess they have to air something during the summer that isn’t a lame reality show that always get cancelled.

  • Potato

    Does anyone know if this will be a miniseries? That’s what I’m assuming but it sounds like that’s not what’s happening. How could this POSSIBLY be a weekly TV show? Oh no, food is still running low after 5 years!

  • Ultima

    @Sara Bibel
    Of course, since this is CBS, each episode may involve a team of investigators solving a crime within the domed town.


    Simpsons did it.


  • senor chang

    “Of course, since this is CBS, each episode may involve a team of investigators solving a crime within the domed town.”

    If this happens I’ll be PISSED.

  • JRG

    Refuse to even start something with King after the Dark Tower @&#%. He stopped writing anything good 20 years ago.

  • Dan S

    I’m encouraged CBS is looking at original scripted programming to air next Summer. I’m tired of the endless garbage they serve up with the likes of Big Brother & reruns of CSI et al. They should have lower expectations for ratings in the Summer & hopefully this can start a trend to compete against cable networks.

  • Neil

    I really thought this would be on Sci-Fi/SyFy.

  • One eye

    Wow, CBS is doing scifi????? Awesome.

  • Mark3

    Anything stephen king is great!!!!!

  • Allis

    How will this fill just 13 episodes? My mum has the book and it is well over 1,000 pages and is full of so much bantering back-story crap. Mr. King has a huge problem with over-establishing the foundation for his characters.

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