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'Under the Dome': Stephen King reads opening of season 2 premiere script

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As fans of his audiobooks know, the best way to experience Stephen King’s writing is to hear the author bring it to life with his own voice.

Below, the iconic novelist and screenwriter reads from his premiere script for season 2 of CBS’s sci-fi thriller Under the Dome. Be warned, this video is brief — just the start of the scene. For what happens next you’ll have to watch CBS when Dome returns on June 30. READ FULL STORY

'CSI: NY' alum joins 'Under the Dome'

It just got a little more crowded under the dome.

EW has learned that CSI: NY alum Eddie Cahill has just joined season 2 of CBS’s summer drama Under the Dome as a series regular. Cahill will play a character named Sam, a former EMT and brother-in-law to notoriously difficult Big Jim (Dean Norris). Per a casting description, the character will also form a “deep connection” with Rachelle Lefevre’s Julia. READ FULL STORY

'NCIS,' 'Supernatural,' 'NCIS: LA,' 'Sons of Anarchy': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Howdy, Roomies!

It’s that time of the week again. Excited? You should be! I am. I’ve also had a lot of caffeine this week while covering the Television Critics Association press tour with my colleagues, so … this should be interesting.

As always, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

‘NCIS’ BOSS: ‘EVERYONE HAS TO WATCH THE FIRST TWO EPISODES’
I hear ya, NCIS fans. The departure of Cote de Pablo is an unfortunate turn of events, to say the least. NCIS EP Gary Glasberg was “saddened” by the situation, too, telling me earlier this week during CBS’ annual bash for television critics that “it’s the last thing we planned on.” That said, he promised, “At the end of the day, I’m really happy with what we came up with. Everyone has to watch the first two episodes.”

Why? Well, for one, he teased, the episodes were completely reworked in order to accommodate this curve ball. “I literally had to lock myself away and everything I was planning on had to be blown out and I had to start all over again,” he says of the news, which came after plans for the season had already begun. “Again, it’s not what we had hoped for. This family — this NCIS family that exists between [the characters] — is so special and so unique, and this was Cote’s decision and we have to respect that … but some really fantastic work is going to come out of what occurred. We have some really terrific stuff planned for the year.”

So what ARE those plans? For one, Ziva will be “prominent” in the second episode of the season and “it’s a really touching, emotional story and I promise the viewers will not be disappointed — especially the Tiva fans, as we say. I hope it’s everything they want it to be.”

He adds: “I want some of it to be a surprise, but I think people will be pleased at the end of the day with where it’s left both emotionally and psychologically — and not only for Tony, but Gibbs, Abby, and everybody. That’s a big part of what I was taking into consideration — really understanding how the people and the fans are so connected to our characters. You really have to honor that.”

Who’s already crying?
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'Under the Dome' cast talks adaptations and bad guys at Comic-Con -- VIDEO

Adaptations have always had to tread the thin line between faithfulness and keeping things fresh — and the show Under the Dome is no different.

Adapted from Stephen King’s popular novel, the CBS show has had to somehow deviate from the original source work, in which the action only lasts a total of six days, in order to produce some longevity for the series.

Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican had the pleasure of sitting down with Dean Norris, Mike Vogel, and Rachelle Lefevre to discuss their summer hit. Check out their thoughts on the adaptation and the role of bad guys below:
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InsideTV Podcast: Dean Norris promises 'big Walt-Hank showdown' on 'Breaking Bad'

Dean Norris just might be the most important man on television this summer. His new CBS series Under the Dome just premiered to over 13 million viewers. Plus, he returns as perhaps the key player for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad on August 11, for when we last saw his character, he was on the toilet finally connecting the dots that his brother-in-law was involved with the blue meth making the rounds in New Mexico. Well, Norris called in to the EW Morning Live show on Entertainment Weekly Radio (channel 105 on SiriusXM) and confirmed that a big Breaking Bad confrontation is indeed on the horizon. “There’s going to be a big Walt-Hank showdown,” Norris revealed. “Obviously now that Hank is on to it, he needs to deal with that situation. It’s like a freight train, man.”

Norris had plenty more to say about the final run of TV’s best drama (there, I said it!). “These eight episodes, I think, are possibly the best eight in the whole series,” said Norris. “And that’s saying a lot because it’s a great series. They just power right through.” And while talking about ssying goodbye to the cast and crew, Norris also may have inadvertently dropped a hint about how — and where — the series may finish up. “We got to spend a lot of the last couple of episodes filming in kind of an out of the way place, so we all stayed in the same hotel and had dinner after dinner and reminisced about where we were when the show started and where it is now. It was really tough to say goodbye.” Hmmm…out of the way place? New Hampshire, perhaps? For more from Norris on both Breaking Bad and Under the Dome, just click on the audio player below for the full interview. READ FULL STORY

We dare you not to cry when you see this 'Under the Dome' picture

The new TV series Under the Dome debuts in three weeks. You might know that the show is about a lovable All-American small town which is suddenly cut off from the outside world by a mysterious invisible dome. You might also know that the show is based on the 1000-page Stephen King novel of the same name, in which case you know that A) things get very freaky very quickly and B) the show is set in Maine. Both the show and the book function as an allegorical examination of contemporary America, with resources running low and society tearing itself apart. But some new art released for Under the Dome finally pays attention to the greatest tragedy of all: READ FULL STORY

'Under the Dome' extended trailer: Transparent trouble -- VIDEO

Last month, we got a minute-long look at Under the Dome, CBS’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. Now the network has released an even longer trailer for the limited series, which premieres June 24. Expect quaint Americana, actors you’ll recognize from other beloved series (Lost! Breaking Bad! Twilight!)… and, oh yeah, a giant transparent dome, which inexplicably appears above the quiet town of Chester’s Mill. Intriguing!

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'Under the Dome' to give 'Simpsons' shout-out

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The Simpsons did it!

But Stephen King thought it up first — the whole giant-transparent-dome-traps-small-town plot device.

Now CBS’ upcoming series adaptation of King’s Under the Dome is going to give the Fox animated hit a shout-out in return.

The backstory: King originally began work on his sprawling eco-parable bestseller in 1976, then shelved the project for a couple decades before picking it up again and ultimately publishing the novel in 2009. In the meantime, 20th Century Fox released The Simpsons Movie in 2007 with a broadly comic take on the same concept. Fox’s series The Simpsons then mocked the coincidence in a 2010 episode where Monty Burns begins to seal Springfield with a giant dome while brandishing a copy of King’s book before realizing this has already been done once before. READ FULL STORY

'Under the Dome': Watch an extended sneak peek -- VIDEO

As promised, the extended sneak peek for CBS’s upcoming summer series Under the Dome is here.

Based on the novel by Stephen King, the series will tell the story of a small New England town that is inexplicably cut off from the rest of the world by a strange, transparent dome, leaving the town to deal with both the larger implications of their new predicament (dwindling resources, how the heck it got there) and smaller, character-based conflicts (lovers are split, personalities clash).

This weekend at WonderCon in Anaheim, producer Jack Bender explained, “This is really a character show in a sci-fi element.” Click here to read our full report from the panel and watch the sneak peek below.  READ FULL STORY

'Under the Dome' producers: Stephen King book is 'a jumping off point'

Producers from CBS’s upcoming summer series Under the Dome, based on the novel by Stephen King, took to the WonderCon stage Saturday night to give the crowd a taste of what to expect from the series, starring Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, and Rachelle Lefevre.

On the show, premiering June 24, a small New England town is inexplicably cut off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome, leaving the town to deal with both the larger implications of their new predicament (dwindling resources, how the heck it got there) and smaller, character-based conflicts (lovers are split, personalities clash). But there’s much more to it all. Check out 5 highlights from the panel, which included Norris, Lefevre, and executive producers Neal Baer (ER, Law & Order: SVU), Jack Bender (Lost, Alias) and Brian K. Vaughan, who also acts as showrunner for the series. READ FULL STORY

Rachelle Lefevre cast as 'Under the Dome' female lead

The final major piece of casting for CBS’ Under the Dome has fallen into place: Rachelle Lefevre has landed the female lead in CBS’ summer thriller.

The actress will play Julia, an investigative reporter who’s just moved to Chester Mills who forms an interest in an Army veteran (Mike Vogel) on mysterious mission. They join a diverse cast that includes Dean Norris, Jolene Purdy, Nicholas Strong, Britt Robertson, Alex Kotch and Natalie Martinez.

Lefevre co-starred in CBS’ A Gifted Man, ABC’s Off the Map and the first Twilight film. Under the Dome is based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel about a small town abruptly sealed off from the outside world. The first season premieres June 24.

In other CBS pilot casting news, Tate Donovan (Damages) has joined the network’s Hostages pilot. He’ll play Toni Collette’s spouse on the show, “a distant husband hiding a secret from his wife who must protect his family in a hostage situation.”

'Breaking Bad' actor cast as 'Under the Dome' villain

Breaking Bad‘s top cop is going Under the Dome.

Actor Dean Norris has landed the lead villain role on CBS’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel.

Norris will play politician and car dealership owner James “Big Jim” Rennie, who seizes an opportunity to take control of his small town Chester’s Mill when it’s sealed off from the rest of the world by a mysterious transparent force field. The casting comes on the heels of CBS signing Pan Am actor Mike Vogel to play the show’s main character, former Army officer Dale “Barbie” Barbara. Other cast members include Britt Robertson, who plays a local waitress, and Natalie Martinez, who will play an ambitious sheriff’s deputy.  READ FULL STORY

'Pan Am' actor cast as 'Under the Dome' hero

Under the Dome has cast its lead role: Actor Mike Vogel has signed on to the CBS thriller as Dale “Barbie” Barbara, an Army veteran who arrives in the small town of Chester’s Mill on a mysterious mission.

The summer series, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, previously cast Jolene Purdy, Nicholas Strong, Britt Robertson, Alex Kotch and Natalie Martinez.

Vogel was in the found footage flick Cloverfield and ABC’s Pan Am. Under the Dome premieres June 24.

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