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Somewhat surprisingly, CBS has bypassed the usual pilot song-and-dance and gone ahead and ordered thirteen episodes of "Under the Dome," an adaptation of Stephen King's beloved doorstop-sized novel, adapted by comic book creator Brian K. Vaughan and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The series should begin airing/scaring the crap out of audiences next summer. The novel, which, along with the similarly lengthy and ambitious "Lisey's Story" and "11/22/63" (which has Jonathan Demme attached to direct), represent a recent late-career creative resurgence for the author, concerns a small Maine town that finds itself cut off from the outside world when a giant transparent dome descents from the sky. From that fairly simple conceit, King spins things wildly, putting its vary array of characters through their paces (its lead character is a charismatic ex-army guy named Barbie who happens to be passing through the town) and turning up the...


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