‘Under the Dome’:
10 p.m. Monday, Channel 7
CBS’ summer event series is the 13-episode adaptation of the Stephen King novel, “Under the Dome.”
It chronicles the events in the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine, when a transparent dome suddenly appears over it, putting every living thing there in utter isolation.
The large cast includes Mike Vogel (“Pan Am,” “Bates Motel”) as Dale “Barbie” Barbara, an Army veteran in town on a mysterious mission; Rachelle Lefevre as investigative reporter Julia Shumway, whose husband is suddenly nowhere to be found; Ned Bellamy as the Rev. Lester Coggins; Dean Norris as “Big Jim” Rennie, a politician and town bigwig; Alexander Koch as Junior, his disturbed son; Britt Robertson as Angie McAlister, a sharp-witted young woman involved with Junior; and Jeff Fahey as police chief Howard “Duke” Perkins.
Also starring are Colin Ford, Natalie Martinez, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy and Aisha Hinds. Executive producers for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television are Neal Baer, King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Jack Bender (who’s also the showrunner) and Brian K. Vaughan.
Bender previously worked on ABC’s “Lost,” about airline passengers who crashland on an island, and he sees similarities.
“We’re not going to be politically correct,” he says, “and we’re going to be true to the characters in Chester’s Mill — what’s been created from Stephen’s book — but I do think one of the things that’s cool about this is it speaks to, as did ‘Lost,’ how do we all survive? How do we all live?