Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Summer Drama 'Under the Dome' Based on Stephen King Novel Premieres Monday

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Summer Drama 'Under the Dome' Based on Stephen King Novel Premieres Monday

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Stephen King's 'Under The Dome premieres Monday


WILMINGTON, N.C. - Stephen King has scared a lot of people with his many horror novels and their subsequent film and TV adaptations. When he met with reporters in this coastal town Thursday, the prolific author was asked what scares him.

"You guys," he deadpanned.

King was in town to promote "Under The Dome," a summer drama which premieres Monday at 10 p.m. ET on CBS and Global. The series is about a small town which suddenly and inexplicably is cut off from the rest of the world by a large, invisible and impenetrable dome. Birds and planes fall out of the sky. Supplies cannot be brought in or out. The locals panic as resources begin to dwindle.

King says he first had the idea to write about a town trapped under a dome back in the early '70s, before he published his first novel, "Carrie."

The fact there was a similar dome over Springfield in 2007's "The Simpsons Movie" only makes King go "D'oh!" He's just glad he had the idea first.

"Under The Dome" was originally developed for the U.S. cable network Showtime, but despite tighter content restrictions King says he's happy it eventually moved to parent broadcaster CBS. He prefers the bigger room, "an arena rather than a club show."

While the idea of a community being cut off from the rest of the world, including cellphones and the Internet, lends itself to some allegorical interpretations, King cautions viewers not to look for deeper meanings. Whether he's writing a novel or executive producing a miniseries, King says, "the first time out, I'm just trying to scare the s--- out of you."

The series stars Montreal-born Rachelle Lefevre (two "Twilight" movies), Mike Vogel, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson and Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad") and counts Steven Spielberg and former "Lost" writers Brian K. Vaughan and Jack Bender among its executive producers.

It's set in the New England town of Chester's Mill, but shot in Wilmington, where tax credits, plus experienced crews ("Dawson's Creek," "One Tree Hill" and "Revolution" are all North Carolina productions) fuel a thriving TV industry.

At a red-carpet screening at the town's historic Thalian Hall Thursday night, the 65-year-old author hid his face in mock horror at the mention of another one of his adaptations -- "Maximum Overdrive. …

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