Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Staff Picks

You may have seen the teaser during the Super Bowl for Under the Dome, CBS’ upcoming supernatural drama based on Stephen King’s novel by the same name. The  series will be produced by Steven Spielberg and is set to air this summer. CBS has high hopes for this series, having ordered 13 episodes right from the start and bypassing the pilot process altogether. Spielberg has selected Brian K. Vaughan to adapt the novel into a television series, which will be Vaughan's first television work since Lost.

Under the Dome unfolds on a typically beautiful fall day as the town of Chester’s Mill, Maine is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome.  Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one knows where it came from, when (or IF) it will be gone, or why it is there.  Over a period of one week, the situation inside the dome deteriorates rapidly due to the ecological effects and the interrelationships of the townspeople who don’t always see eye to eye.

King keeps a large cast of well-rounded and interesting characters busy, while retaining the familiar appeal that has drawn and kept King fans for decades. Don’t let the 1000+ page count discourage you. King keeps the “pedal to the metal” in this fast paced and compelling narrative.

Beth Moore
Information Specialist

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