CBS Orders 'Under the Dome' for Summer 2013
Net picks up 13 episodes of series based on Stephen King novel
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/29/2012 2:39:46 PM
The Eye has picked up 13 episodes of the series from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. In a twist for CBS, known for its procedurals, Under the Dome will be a serialized drama about a small New England town that is suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome.
"This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event," said Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment.
CBS will employ a unique programming model for Under the Dome with a multiplatform distribution window for each episode shortly after its broadcast airing. Simon & Schuster, also a part of CBS Corp., will cross-promote the series' summer launch with a re-release of the trade paperback and electronic editions.
CBS TV Studios will produce Under the Dome in association with Amblin TV with executive producers Neal Baer, King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider and Brian K. Vaughn. Niels Arden Oplev will direct the pilot.
In addition to Under the Dome, CBS also has the revived second season of Unforgettable set for next summer.
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