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CBS’s ‘Under the Dome': Stephen King Previews New “Bug Out” Drama and Effects

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Much of our interest in checking out CBS’s new Stephen King-produced summer drama ‘Under the Dome‘ stems from the series’ expansion beyond King’s 2009 novel, which took place over the course of several days compared to CBS’s multiple seasons. The prolific author recently spoke about the show in a behind-the-scenes featurette, and offered up our best look yet at the dangerous world that lies ‘Under the Dome.’

“I love stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations, how some people will rise to that situation and some people will crumble,” says author Stephen King of the process adapting his original novel for an ongoing TV series. “If we’re very very lucky, people will also start to discuss ‘what is this dome, what does it mean, what’s the purpose of it?’ The one thing that TV has is time. It has all the time in the world to spread out and tell a story.”

The latest featurette goes behind the scenes to showcase some of the eye-popping effects presented by a relatively simple circumstance, as well as the actors’ insight into King’s presence on the set. As King himself previews, the drama takes a heavily character-centric approach, but doesn’t skimp on bigger set pieces and intense visuals.

Written by Brian K. Vaughan (‘LOST’) with original ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ helmer Niels Arden Oplev directing its June 24 premiere, ‘Under the Dome’ follows the Stephen King book of the same name, focusing on a small New England town that finds itself inexplicably encased in a transparent dome with no hope of penetration. Inside, the residents of the town battle increasingly apocalyptic conditions as they struggle to understand their new circumstances.

The cast also includes Dean Norris (‘Breaking Bad‘), Mike Vogel (‘Bates Motel‘), Rachelle LeFevre (‘Twilight‘), Jeff Fahey (‘LOST‘), Colin Ford (‘Supernatural‘), Natalie Martinez, Alex Koch, Britt Robertson, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy, and ‘Justified‘ star Natalie Zea

Are you interested to see what CBS digs up ‘Under the Dome?’ Watch the preview above, and give us your thoughts before the June 24 premiere!

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