Under the Dome is an upcoming American science-fiction horror television mini-series developed by Brian K. Vaughan and based upon the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Both Vaughan and King will serve as executive producers along with Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Stacey Snider. Baer will serve as day-to-day showrunner. Danish director Niels Arden Oplev will direct the pilot. The premiere of Under the Dome is scheduled for Monday, June 24, 2013, at 10 pm on CBS.
Set in the not too distant future, Under the Dome tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, who suddenly find themselves cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious, impenetrable barrier that surrounds the town. As the town begins to tear itself apart through panic, a small group of people attempt to maintain peace and order while also trying to uncover the truth behind the barrier and how to escape from it.
Originally announced in November 2009, it wasn't until two years later that Vaughan was hired to adapt the novel as a series, then set up at cable network Showtime. Showtime entertainment president David Nevins felt that the series wasn't right for the network and suggested to Nina Tassler, his CBS counterpart, that she take on the project. Immediately interested, Tassler picked up the series and attached veteran television producer Neal Baer, who is under contract at CBS, to be the showrunner.
It was announced in November 2012 that CBS had bypassed ordering a pilot and given Under the Dome a thirteen episode straight-to-series commitment. "This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event," commented Tassler in the official CBS Press release.
A teaser trailer was created specially for the 2013 Super Bowl. Instead of showing footage, the teaser directed viewers to the show's official website, where they could enter their street address and postal code to view photos of what their homes and neighborhood would look like "under the dome."
On July 29, 2013 it was announced that Under The Dome was renewed for Season 2. As the first season, season two will contain 13 episodes and will start June 2014