Under the Dome – a science-fiction drama tv series, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg – premieres on CBS. Danish director Niels Arden Oplev produces and directs the pilot.
Produced by Amblin Television and DreamWorks Television, the series is based on Stephen King’s novel and centers around the fictional small town of Chester’s Mill where a massive, transparent, seemingly indestructible dome suddenly cuts the residents off from the rest of the world. With no Internet access, no mobile signals and limited radio communication, the people trapped inside must find their own ways to survive with diminishing resources and rising tensions.
The cast includes Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch and many others.The pilot episode receives positive reviews, and the initial episodes are generally well received.
Stephen King – who writes the script for the second season’s premiere episode – acknowledges that “the TV version of Under the Dome varies considerably from the book version”, and calls the series “very good”.
The pilot establishes records for the highest rated CBS summer premiere since Big Brother ’s 2000 season, and the highest drama summer premiere on any network since 1992.The first season receives an average viewership of 11.19 million live viewers, the second season receives an average viewership of 7.17 million live viewers but DVR viewership vastly increases that. For example, the second season finale is watched by 7.52 million live viewers but is watched by 11.27 million DVR viewers.
The series is available for streaming on Amazon Video devices four days after broadcast on CBS. The deal with Amazon helps CBS to mitigate the high production cost of nearly $3 million per episode.
In 2015, CBS cancels the show after three seasons (39 episodes).