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

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand – “the Eye” – one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group, CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to

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.

  • JJ

    The premise vaguely reminds me of that Syfy show Eureka.

  • Nick

    This looks good. I’ll check it out.

    The problem is that it’s a summer show. If it was on in the fall, I could see it being a match for Person of Interest, but what about the summer? Certainly not Big Brother!


    8: Draw Something (new)
    9: The Job (new)
    10: 48 Hours Mystery

    8: NCIS (R)
    9: NCIS: LA (R)
    10: Criminal Minds (R)

    8: The Big Bang Theory (R)
    8:30: 2 Broke Girls (R)
    9: Big Brother
    10: The Bake-Off (new)

    8: TBBT (R)
    8:30: TBBT (R)
    9: Under the Dome (new)
    10: Big Brother

    8: Undercover Boss (R)
    9: Blue Bloods (R)
    10: Hawaii 5-0 (R)

    8: NCIS (R)
    9: Elementary (R)
    10: 48 Hours Mystery (R)

    7: 60 Minutes
    8: Big Brother (new)
    9: Elementary (R)
    10: The Mentalist (R)

    TBBT repeats are the only choice. They do great, but they can only do so much…

  • Hugh

    cough SIMPSONS MOVIE cough

  • Nick


    this book was started before the simpsons movie

  • RMH

    Sweet, I hope it does the novel justice.

  • Justin121

    Bold prediction:

    One out of The Good Wife, Vegas, CSI: NY, The Mentalist

    Will become a summer series.

  • Hillbilly

    Sara Bibel needs a raise!


  • ccemerson

    Harper*s Island part 2 ????? hehe I enjoyed that “mini series” CBS had a few seasons ago. It was a stand alone series with a conclusion by ep. #13. :) Kudos to CBS for putting something new on in summer vs. reruns.

  • Temis

    Sigh, it would have been better if Showtime had picked it up. On CBS will either be dumbed down for the audience, or the audience won’t get it because it’s not a cop show and it will be cancelled.

  • JeffFL

    Sounds like a loser.

  • thomas


    If would be happen,I bet in The Good Wife.
    Vegas, CSI: NY and The Mentalist dont look like a summer series

  • Scott

    This sounds to me so much like Lost but in a city instead of on an island. Trapped in a bubble rather than lost at sea. Lost was mostly an ode to Stephen King by Bad Robot anyway. I just hope there will be some guarantees that the network will allow them to produce a finale of some sorts whether it last 13 episodes or 13 years. I am tired of investing time in shows only to be left with a cliffhanger. That is why I usually DVR the first season until it is emerges from the bublle. My only fear is in the end we will find out that everyone died in a nuclear explosion at the beginning of the show and everything after was just the afterlife. That ending would suck. :-J

  • Richard Steven Hack

    DSC: “What about OUAT?”

    That’s fantasy, not sci-fi.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Oddly the show involves a group of people trapped in one location under a clear dome where their actions can be viewed by the world. Big Brother anybody.
    Random Thoughts
    -The procedural statement is merely Sara being brilliant. I don’t even think CBS could go there.
    -I am not a King fan but I gave this one a shot because I like post-apocalyptic as a genre. It is good but with the usual King problems with character and dialogue
    -It would be nice if they planned for a 13 and done structure. It would be a nice tight series with little need to go on.
    -For this one there is not much room for error it could end up being a good refreshing change or a real cluster…..

  • POIFanatic

    I hope CBS doesn’t screw it up.

    @Everybody who says King lost his touch! Frickin’ read 11/22/63.

    @Richard Hack:
    “Apparently a real serial sci-fi simply can’t survive on broadcast networks, so it has to be turned into something else. Alphas started that way, but at least the quality was excellent and it turned more serial in season two – and it’s not on a broadcast network. Fringe started that way but became more serial as it went on – except the quality crashed around season 3.”

    Are you high? Alphas sucked half of season 1. Season 2 was boring. Parish got boring. It still has its redeeming qualities, but nowhere near as great as what you’re assuming. Fringe’s season 3 has been widely regarded as the best Fringe season ever. The present season is getting really good after a bumpy start. Gimme whatever you’re smoking dude.

  • POIFanatic

    Also, Simpsons did NOT do it first. The first draft of ‘Under of the Dome’ was written DECADES ago.

  • Jayme

    The summer schedule could be interesting with Under The Dome plus Unforgettable.

  • Heather Johnnie Walker

    Under the Dome was an unambiguously phenomenal novel. 5 out of 5 slabs of bacon. Very Enthralled to see it soon.

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