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:
CBS WILL TAKE VIEWERS “UNDER THE DOME” IN SUMMER 2013
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.
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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.