Exclusive: Showrunner Neal Baer Talks Stephen King's Sci-Fi Thriller Of Survival in CBS's Under the Dome
One of the most promising summer treats for cosmic TV fans will be the debut of a weekly series on CBS based on Stephen King’s novel, Under the Dome.
Along with King, serving as executive producers on the show are Brian K. Vaughan (who developed the series), Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Stacy Snider.
Baer serves as day-to-day showrunner, and it was this authority to which Byron Brewer, Managing Editor of Cosmic Book News, went to exclusively get the inside 411 on the summer series.
Cosmic Book News: First, thank you for talking with us, Mr. Baer. So how did this project for Summer 2013 come about?
Neal Baer: The script was developed two years ago for Showtime and when they decided not to go forward, CBS picked up the project. They were looking to do a summer series -- which they hadn't done before -- and they felt Under the Dome would make a great summer show.
Neal Baer: Stephen King's novel takes place over a limited number of days; our series takes place over a longer period. We hope as many years as the show is on!
Neal Baer: A small town in Anywhere, America suddenly finds itself inexplicably trapped under an invisible dome, where no one can enter and no one can escape.
Neal Baer: Mike Vogel will play Dale "Barbie" Barbara; Rachelle LaFevre (Twilight) will play Julia Shumway; Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) plays Big Jim Rennie, the town councilman and villain.
Neal Baer: We will not draw back on the psychological elements of the book, nor will we skimp on the adult relationships. It's pretty much like cable, but perhaps with a little less overt sex.
Neal Baer: The dangers lurk within us: how we treat each other when we're forced to live together with dwindling resources.
Neal Baer: This is NOT a mini-series. This is a 13-episode series that will come back next summer if it does well.
Neal Baer: To be shocked! And awed!
Neal Baer: He reads all the scripts and makes great suggestions! We're so lucky to have his wise input.
Neal Baer: PLENTY!
Cosmic Book News would like to thank “Under the Dome” Executive Producer Neal Baer for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. We also thank Mitch Graham and Kristen J. Hall of CBS who helped make this interview possible.
“Under the Dome” begins airing Monday, June 24th at 10 p.m. Eastern on CBS!