There's good news and bad news for Stephen King fans awaiting the small-screen adaptation of his 2009 novel Under the Dome -- in which a small town finds itself isolated from the rest of the world by a mysterious transparent dome. The good news is that the show has been picked up for a full 13 episodes and is set to air next summer. The bad news is that it's no longer being broadcast on Showtime as previously planned. Instead, it will air on CBS.
Granted, this isn't bad news for viewers who don't subscribe to Showtime, but from a creative standpoint, the adaptation will certainly be more restricted. At the very least, it will likely be more along the lines of PG-13 than the edgy R you'd expect from King. I, for one, have lowered my expectations, because in today's TV landscape, the most acclaimed hour-long dramas are overwhelmingly cable shows. Apparently, though, the president of Showtime didn't feel Under the Dome wasn't a fit for the channel (for whatever reason) and shipped it off to CBS, which owns Showtime.
Still, there is reason for optimism -- even from me -- due to the talent involved. First, it's still a Stephen King product. Second, it's produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Third, it's written by Brian K. Vaughan (Lost, the comic book series Y: The Last Man). Finally, the pilot episode will be directed by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Niels Arden Oplev. And things might get even better once casting begins.