WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 —Tonight, “Under the Dome” launches its 13 episode run at 10 p.m. on CBS. This latest summer TV relief valve is based on an 1100 page novel written by Stephen King in 2009. Even more impressive is the fact that it’s being developed by a production team that includes Steven Spielberg and veterans from that classic TV series “Lost.”
This new series begins when the small town of Chester’s Mill is trapped under a mysterious and impenetrable dome. No one can enter or exit the town, leaving the residents to fend for themselves as they search for answers about the origin of the dome. Who knows? Maybe it’s been generated by a few of those rascally NSA dudes looking for a new project. (Unfortunately, there’s nothing about that in the CBS press kit.)
At any rate, the many natural as well as man made disasters we’ve recently endured have shown us the best in people. But in each of these disasters there have been plenty of resources on hand to respond to the calamities. As the residents of Chester’s Mill come to the realization that no relief is pending while their resources continue to dwindle, the will to survive trumps all other instincts.
The special effects of “Under the Dome” are vintage Spielberg and the twisted scenario of the human factor is vintage Stephen King. Both are in their respective comfort zones with this extended mini-series, so expectations are understandably high.
The obvious metaphor for “Under the Dome” is our own survival as a species. As Earth’s resources dwindle and the distribution of goods becomes based more on might than right, will only the strongest survive? Is empathy becoming more a luxury every day?
A quick glance around the globe confirms that the future is anything but promising. Whether or not “Under the Dome” reflects our diminishing humanity is in the capable hands of Spielberg and King. But either way, it will be a great diversion from reality. Come to think about it, that’s positively uplifting.
All times are EDT:
ABC: The Bachelorette: (New) Desiree and the bachelors travel to Europe, where she and Chris explore Munich; Desiree and seven guys enjoy the German Alps; Brooks and James face off.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (Repeat) Barney’s developing relationship with Patrice leaves Robin questioning his motives, while Marshall’s widowed mother gets back into the dating pool, but he thinks she may be swimming with a shark.
FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) Jimmy finds out he has an older brother from the time he was briefly adopted by another family, so he enlists Sabrina’s help to stage a sibling reunion. Meanwhile, Virginia and Burt reconsider their decision to regain custody of Jimmy after discovering the other family’s wealth and stability.
NBC: Stanley Cup Finals: Game 6: Blackhawks at Bruins: (Live) Chicago at Boston in Game 6 of the championship series.
CW: Oh Sit!: (New) In this fun, high-stakes, high-octane musical chairs competition, 12 thrill-seeking daredevils race head-to-head through five physically demanding, chair-splitting obstacle course-style eliminations as they each compete to claim a chair – all to the sounds of a live band.
CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline participate in a clinical drug trial to raise money to help Caroline’s father.
FOX: The Goodwin Games: (New) Chloe reconnects with a childhood friend who’s been in love with her since their school days. Meanwhile, Jimmy sets out to revive his failed country-music career; and Henry unknowingly texts a risqué photo of himself to a former girlfriend.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) A disagreement over a game of Words With Friends endangers Sheldon’s relationship with his science idol Stephen Hawking, while Penny secretly takes a course at a local college.
FOX: New Girl: (Repeat) Jess gets hired as a zombie at a haunted house. Meanwhile, romantic complications abound when Schmidt and Cece’s Halloween costumes match—but Winston and Shelby’s don’t; Jess tries to sort out her changing feelings toward Sam; and Nick gets a visit from an old college flame.
CW: The Carrie Diaries: (Repeat) Carrie attends a Halloween bash in the city and brings Walt along, while Maggie and Mouse go to Sebastian’s Halloween party in order to keep tabs on him. Elsewhere, Dorrit spends a night bonding with her dad.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) The new Mrs. Wolowitz wants her husband to move out of old Mrs. Wolowitz’s house, while Amy and Wil Wheaton (as himself) get into a dispute, and Sheldon gets caught smack dab in the middle.
FOX: Anger Management: (Repeat) Charlie treats Lindsay Lohan with therapy.
ABC: Mistresses: (New) Savi discovers she’s pregnant; Joss befriends a real estate client; Karen continues her relationship with Sam Grey.
CBS: Under the Dome: (New) A small New England town is sealed off from the world by an enormous transparent dome that inexplicably appears. In the opener, the dome materializes and the residents of Chester’s Mill struggle to survive as resources rapidly dwindle and panic sets in.
New episodes of:
The Real Housewives of Orange County at 8 p.m. on BRAVO
Fast ‘N Loud: Revved Up at 8 p.m. on DSC
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta at 8 p.m. on VH1
Brain Games at 9 p.m. on NGC
Burger Land at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Fast ‘N Loud at 9 p.m. on DSC
Defiance at 9 p.m. on Syfy
Major Crimes at 9 p.m. on TNT
The Glades at 9 p.m. on A&E
Love It or List It at 9 p.m. on HGTV
Cake Boss at 9 p.m. on TLC
Longmire at 10 p.m. on A&E
Push Girls at 10 p.m. on SUND
Street Outlaws at 10 p.m. on DSC
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Blood Relatives at 10 p.m. on ID
Newlyweds: The First Year at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Warehouse 13 at 10 p.m. on Syfy
King & Maxwell at 10 p.m. on TNT
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
Deon Cole’s Black Box at 10:30 p.m. on TBS
For movie lovers:
The Prestige at 8 p.m. on IFC
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on REELZ
People Like Us on SHO
Saturday Night Fever on SUND
Detective Story on TCM
Apollo 18 on TMC
Miss You Can Do It on HBO
American Reunion on HBO
Project X on MOMAX
Gone at 9:25 p.m. on SHO
Highlander: Endgame at 9:30 p.m. on TMC
How To Be A Detective at 9:47 p.m. on TCM
Cahill: US Marshal at 10 p.m. on AMC
Primal Fear at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Land of the Dead at 10 p.m. on FLIX
Men In Black 3 at 10 p.m. on STARZ
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