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Old 11-29-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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Stephen King's 'Under the Dome' gets CBS series order

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/11/29/under-the-dome-cbs/

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Stephen King is coming back to broadcast TV. CBS is giving the author’s Under the Dome a 13-episode series order.

Based on King’s bestselling novel, Under the Dome is the story of a small New England town that’s suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s residents need to survive the deteriorating post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and how to make it go away.
It will most likely air sometime in the summer of 2013.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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I'm actually half tempted to watch this.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:40 PM   #3
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Woah, cool.
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It wasn't clear from the blurb you posted... if it's a 13 episode mini-series, I'm in. If there is the slightest chance on earth that "we'll see how it does and decide its future", I'm out.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:15 PM   #5
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It wasn't clear from the blurb you posted... if it's a 13 episode mini-series, I'm in. If there is the slightest chance on earth that "we'll see how it does and decide its future", I'm out.
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Also, the CBS version is definitely a series, not a mini-series, with a finale episode that will leave the story open for more seasons.

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Old 11-29-2012, 05:23 PM   #6
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I haven't read the book but I could imagine how this could span multiple seasons if it's done well.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:46 PM   #7
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:10 PM   #8
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I enjoyed the book, so I'd probably give the series a try.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:39 PM   #9
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I loved the movie (Simpsons) so I'll watch this too!
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:25 PM   #10
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:27 PM   #11
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I loved the movie (Simpsons) so I'll watch this too!
Drat, I was just coming in here to yell SIMPSONS DID IT!!!
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:42 PM   #12
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I haven't read the book but I could imagine how this could span multiple seasons if it's done well.
I've you'd read the book you'd understand how it doesn't seem possible to span multiple seasons.

Some general world building spoilers, not major plot points:

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The dome cuts off everything, including fresh air and water. Any pollution they create is contained within the dome. To make it multiple seasons, you have to remove that, which is a key point, or lift the dome and continue the story beyond the book.

And if the dome does let air pass through, we should be able to break it.


I'd probably still check it out.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:11 AM   #13
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I'll definitely try it.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:50 AM   #14
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I've you'd read the book you'd understand how it doesn't seem possible to span multiple seasons.

Some general world building spoilers, not major plot points:

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The dome cuts off everything, including fresh air and water. Any pollution they create is contained within the dome. To make it multiple seasons, you have to remove that, which is a key point, or lift the dome and continue the story beyond the book.

And if the dome does let air pass through, we should be able to break it.
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Yeah, the whole thing of the dome and the pollution as a kind of ticking timebomb was a major plot point of the book. They'd definitely have to alter the story if they're going to drag it out for several seasons. Would make a much better mini-series.

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I agree completely.
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or lift the dome and continue the story beyond the book.
This is my thinking (e.g. 1st season follows the book, 2nd season continues the story beyond the book).
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So the second season would be "Out from Under the Dome" and require a new Season Pass to be set up?
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Prison Break never changed the name after the first (or second, or third, or..) prison break.


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Old 11-30-2012, 09:53 AM   #19
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Prison Break never changed the name after the first (or second, or third, or..) prison break.

Good point.

I liked the (audio)book a lot, and I could see it turning into a couple of seasons before having to extend outside the dome (UtD is over 1,000 pages after all).
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I really liked this book and wish they wouldn't do this. I would have definitely watched a 3 or 4 part miniseries, but I don't watch any shows now that have continuing storylines so I won't be watching this.
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Did the book ever explain what exactly the dome was, where the dome came from, who put it there or why?
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Did the book ever explain what exactly the dome was, where the dome came from, who put it there or why?
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No, yes, yes and sort of.


My spoilers are just yes/no answers, not details.
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Thanks. For the questions that had yes answers, can you tell me what the answers are?
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:01 AM   #24
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I read the book and loved it, well up to the ending at least.

Didn't the events of the book happen in a relatively short time, like a couple of weeks to a month?

I'll watch it but I think it would work much better as a miniseries.
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Thanks. For the questions that had yes answers, can you tell me what the answers are?
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I'm not sure I can expand much more on Bob's explanation! They used a geiger counter to find something that seemed to be the source of the dome. Putting their hands on it, they were connected or could see into where it originated from. It basically was just an alien child having fun, like a human child using a magnifying glass to watch ants burn. They begged for mercy and the dome was lifted, but I think more out of boredom than the alien child feeling any compassion. So it came from outer space, an alien child put it there and the why is the "sort of" - there's no real explanation for the things a child does sometimes.

It wasn't a particularly satisfying ending, but it wasn't terrible either.

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This is my thinking (e.g. 1st season follows the book, 2nd season continues the story beyond the book).
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Fans of the novel shouldn’t expect an exact retelling of the same story. Last we heard, writer Brian K. Vaughan’s (Lost) script for Dome was wisely using the novel’s setup as a launch pad for its own TV-format-friendly version of the story and might even lay the groundwork for a different outcome than the novel’s ending.
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I'm not sure I can expand much more on Bob's explanation! They used a geiger counter to find something that seemed to be the source of the dome. Putting their hands on it, they were connected or could see into where it originated from. It basically was just an alien child having fun, like a human child using a magnifying glass to watch ants burn. They begged for mercy and the dome was lifted, but I think more out of boredom than the alien child feeling any compassion. So it came from outer space, an alien child put it there and the why is the "sort of" - there's no real explanation for the things a child does sometimes.

It wasn't a particularly satisfying ending, but it wasn't terrible either.
Okay, I've never read "The Dome" though I do have the audiobook I got from Audible.

And...
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A thousand pages for THAT ending? That's a short story ending right there, or an episode of "The Outer Limits." I'd feel very cheated had I read the book and that was my "reward." Now I know I'll never read it. Or watch the series. And I thank you for helping me avoid wasting my time.

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Old 11-30-2012, 03:27 PM   #29
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As is, IMO, often the case with King, in this book he had a great premise populated by great characters that limped to a fairly lame ending.

Brian Vaughan is noted for the same thing (in his comic book work; I don't blame him for lost since he came in in the middle and didn't stay long).

Perhaps this property is well-suited for an open-ended series!
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We seem to have a common problem here. Shows/books that have a great beginning and middle seem to suck at the end. Actually, as Stephen King books go, that was an above average ending IMO. With him, as with Lost, the story is so great that I never really care about the ending. (not an opinion shared by many here). So is it just impossible to have an ending befitting an awesome story? Anybody think of any good examples?
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