Initially slated for airing on Showtime, Stephen King’s best-selling novel, “Under The Dome,” will actually get its TV adaptation on Showtime’s sister network – CBS. The Eye network jumped over the pilot screening process and ordered a full 13-episodes for the upcoming series.
This pick up allows CBS to boost their original programming in the summer. The upcoming summer season for the network will boast Big Brother three nights a week, the revival of previously (and wrongfully) cancelled Unforgettable and now Under The Dome. This might spur a trend to up the anty on summer programming with cable dominating the field, especially in the summer time.
Brian K Vaughan, writer of LOST, will pen the adaptation of the novel, which focuses on a small New England town where residents wake up one morning to find their community trapped underneath a dome. CBS President Nina Tassler said
“This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event. We’re excited to transport audiences ‘Under the Dome’ and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined.”
CBS is not calling this a “limited” or “mini” series, so one can wonder if the potential for further development is there should the show bring success CBS is looking for. Will you be watching? What are your thoughts on more original summer programming?