UNDER THE DOME Comic-Con Panel Recap: Rachelle Lefevre and the Cast Discuss Stephen King’s Involvement and the Rest of Season 2

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Although the cast and showrunner of CBS’s big summer sci-fi program Under the Dome, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, were there to promote their own show, stars Rachelle Lefevre and Alexander Koch got into the Comic-Con spirit by coming to their panel decked out in cosplays as characters from Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead respectively. Along with fellow actors Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, Eddie Cahill and Colin Ford and executive producer Neal Baer, Lefebvre and Koch discussed their characters, making the show, and teased the rest of the current season and what’s to come further down the line.

Hit the jump for our Under the Dome Comic-Con Panel recap.

Comic-Con: UNDER THE DOME Cast and Producer Tease Julia and Barbie’s Relationship Troubles, Escaping the Dome, and the Difficulty of Sticking to the Show’s Timeline

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The cast of CBS’s highest rated summer drama, Under the Dome, made their appearance Thursday morning in Ballroom 20 to talk about the upcoming episodes of the show’s second season.  Following the panel, I had a chance to participate in a round table interview with the cast:  Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, and Eddie Cahill as well as executive producer Neal Baer, where they discussed what’s to be expected in Chester’s Mill for the remainder of Season 2.

During the interviews, Baer and Vogel teased the possibility of escaping the dome and Lefevre told us what is happening with Julia’s status as the monarch.  The cast also discussed the difficulty of keeping up with the show’s timeline and remaining true to character.  Hit the jump for more.

Mackenzie Lintz Talks UNDER THE DOME Season 2, Working with Stephen King, the Show’s Fan Base, and More

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Under the Dome is back on CBS for Season 2, picking up right where the tense finale left off, with Big Jim (Dean Norris) ready to hang Barbie (Mike Vogel) for crimes he didn’t even commit.  Now two weeks after the Dome came down over the town of Chester’s Mill, the residents are struggling to survive as resources are dwindling and they still have no answers for why they are trapped or how they will ever get out.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Mackenzie Lintz (who plays L.A. transplant Norrie Calvert-Hill) talked about what she was most surprised about with her character in Season 1, what she was most excited to learn about with Season 2, how nerve-wracking it is to never know when someone is going to be leaving the show, where Norrie’s journey will go next, that the Dome has a sense of control over the town, how much fun it was to shoot the scenes with the magnetized Dome, which new characters she has storylines with, getting to work with Stephen King, and how amazing the show’s dedicated fan base is.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

UNDER THE DOME Series Creator Brian K. Vaughan Exits to Return to Graphic Novel Roots

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The residents of Chester’s Mill may still be trapped Under the Dome in season two, but creator Brian K. Vaughan has managed to escape.  That news is a bit surprising given that Vaughan was originally handpicked by Steven Spielberg to adapt Stephen King’s novel for the show back when it was being set up for Showtime; when CBS picked it up, Neal Baer came on board as showrunner.  Vaughan’s decision to exit is reported as being an amicable one, with his reasons being to spend more time with his family and to focus on his passion for graphic novels.  Under the Dome fans need not worry about continuity however, as he went through the second season’s arc with Baer before departing.  (Via THR)

Executive Producer Neal Baer Talks UNDER THE DOME Season 2, Character Deaths, the Dome’s New Powers, Stephen King, and More

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Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, the CBS drama series Under the Dome tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent Dome.  When Season 2 picks up on June 30th, it’s been two weeks since the Dome descended upon the sleepy town of Chester’s Mill, where the inhabitants are still struggling to survive with resources running low and strange things continuing to happen.  As post-apocalyptic conditions intensify, the residents must work together to protect their uncertain future, never knowing whose allegiance they should and can trust.

During a recent panel for the show’s summer return, executive producer Neal Baer talked about what viewers can expect from Season 2, that Season 1 was the season of secrets while Season 2 is the season of transformation, more characters will be meeting their death, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be gone from the show, that they’ll be dealing with the practical aspects of limited supplies, the Dome’s new capabilities, new characters, how long they think they can expand this universe, that Stephen King wrote the first episode back and has shot a cameo, and tying in transmedia aspects to the show.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler Talks the Return of UNDER THE DOME, Vince Giligan’s BATTLE CREEK, EXTANT, Limited Series and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for CBS, Network President Nina Tassler took some time to talk about their upcoming scheduling, as well as their line-up of event series.  During the interview she talked about the return of Under the Dome Season 2 on June 30th, the Dovekeepers mini-series, the 13-episode series Battle Creek, written by Vince Gilligan, the Amblin Television series Extant, starring Halle Berry, and why limited series and mini-series have become popular again.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

CBS Sets Premiere Dates for Season 2 of UNDER THE DOME and the New Series EXTANT Starring Halle Berry

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CBS has set premiere dates for two high-profile sci-fi shows:

  • Under the Dome, starring Dean Norris, Mike Vogel and Rachel Lefevre, will return for its second season starting Monday, June 30th at 10pm.
  • Extant, a new sci-fi series starring Halle Berry as an astronaut returning from a year-long solo mission in space with an unexpected visitor, premiering Wednesday, July 2nd at 9pm.

Hit the jump for more on each series.

Britt Robertson Talks DELIVERY MAN, Working with Vince Vaughn, the Audition Process for TOMORROWLAND, UNDER THE DOME, and More

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Now playing in theaters is DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man.  Ken Scott directs this remake of his 2011 Canadian hit Starbuck.  Vince Vaughn stars as a sperm donor who ends up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic.  Those kids are now suing to find out his identity, and Vaughn’s character sets out to become an anonymous “guardian angel” to his illegitimate children.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson.  For more on Delivery Man, watch the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Britt Robertson. She talked about being a fan of Vince Vaughn and what it was like to work with him, the way she prepares for a role, what she collects, getting to work with Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof on Tomorrowland (plus a bit on her character), her reaction to reading the script for the first time, Under the Dome, Jon Kasdan’s The First Time, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Colin Ford Talks UNDER THE DOME, What Surprised Him about Season 1, Unanswered Questions, Losing Cast Members, Stephen King, and Pranks on Set

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Just in time for the holiday season, and as a perfect way to kill time until Season 2 airs in 2014, the much talked about CBS hit summer series Under the Dome is now on Blu-ray.  In addition to all 13 episodes, the collection includes never-before-seen special features with insight from Stephen King about how his best-selling story is being brought to life, a look at how the characters are being developed, a visit to the set and look at the costume design, the making of the pilot, and commentary about the overall series from the production team and cast members.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Colin Ford (who plays adventurous teenager, Joe McAlister) talked about what most surprised him about the journey of Season 1, which unanswered questions he’s dying to get the answers to, how difficult it’s been to already have lost some cast members, how awesome it is to have Stephen King’s involvement, the biggest challenges in making the show, the crazy pranks they pull on set, how he thinks he might react if he suddenly found himself trapped under a dome, and that he expects they’ll start shooting Season 2 in February or March of 2014.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are spoilers.  

New to Blu-ray/DVD: THE HOBBIT Extended Edition, TWILIGHT FOREVER, BOY MEETS WORLD: The Complete Collection, and More

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This week’s new home video releases include a couple of long-awaited box sets, an even longer cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (read our review here), and a classic from filmmaker D.W. Griffith.  Briefly:

BREAKING BAD’s Dean Norris Talks about Filming the Series Final Episodes, How the Show Changed His Life and Working on CBS’ UNDER THE DOME

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We’ve already heard from Breaking Bad’s “Ozymandias” director Rian Johnson on his behind-the-scenes experience filming the episode, but today, ASAC Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) gets his say.  If you’re all caught up on Breaking Bad and haven’t read Allison’s review of the latest episode, do so now.  We’ll keep the spoilers for after the jump, where the Harvard grad talks about filming the final episodes of the series, talking to the writers and director Johnson about how to tweak some of his scenes, and how starring on the show has changed his life and career.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say and keep in mind that there are spoilers.

Monday TV Ratings: SLEEPY HOLLOW Marks Fox’s Best Debut in Six Years; UNDER THE DOME Finishes Strong

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It’s that time of year again, folks.  The Fall TV season is upon us, which means our daily TV ratings rundown is back.  Most of the networks don’t start their new seasons until next week, but Fox got a jump on things last night.  Here’s a brief look at the ratings for Monday, September 16th:

  • Fox’s new series Sleepy Hollow debuted to a hefty 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.05 million viewers, which marks the network’s best series premiere since 2007’s K-VilleSleepy Hollow was up 127% from the premiere of The Mob Doctor last fall and up 6% over the impressive debut of The Following this past January.  Next week is the true test, as we see how well the show holds its look-in audience.  Read Allison’s recap of the pilot here.
  • CBS’ much-maligned Under the Dome finished its first season with a healthy 2.8 rating and 11.84 million viewers.  Despite truly scathing reviews, the sci-fi series was a summer hit for CBS and will return next year for a second season.
  • Back on Fox, the season premiere of Bones scored a 2.2 rating in the demo and 7.53 million viewers, which is down 4% from last season’s premiere but up 5% from last season’s finale.

UNDER THE DOME Season Finale Recap: “Curtains”

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Oh Under the Dome, if only we could trust your episode title.  Curtains you predicted, and yet not a single one fell.  I was prepared to give the show a positively-tinged review tonight if only because of the joy felt that it is finally over.  But it did not earn that.  What is it that Ghost-Alice taught us?  That to get rid of the darkness, you have to earn the light.  Despite “Curtains” being co-written by Brian K. Vaughan (the series’ new showrunner and writer of that great pilot), it didn’t distinguish itself in any way as a season finale, but just left views steeped in frustration.  Hit the jump for more.

UNDER THE DOME Recap: “Exigent Circumstances”

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At long last, here we are at what should have been the penultimate episode of the Under the Dome miniseries.  Instead, it’s the penultimate episode of the series’ first season.  Either way, it didn’t feel like much of anything more than a regular episode.  Most series now on premium networks or cable have set up their ten or twelve or thirteen episode seasons to always build to the penultimate episode, allowing the season finale to be the aftermath and set up for the season to come.  Considering Under the Dome in that setup makes “Exigent Circumstances” all the more curious.  Especially given the promos for next week’s dark prognostications, have we earned this as a season ending yet?  Hit the jump for more.

UNDER THE DOME Recap: “Speak of the Devil”

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Under the Dome has two lessons.  One, guns and murder make it easy to get rid of people who annoy you.  Two, we should learn to have patience in the face of supreme incompetence.  Because let’s be serious, those people under the dome are some of the dumbest motherfuckers I have ever laid eyes on.  The problem is, they aren’t even good people, so this isn’t a “well bless their hearts” situation.  No, they are the worst combination of stupid and arrogant.  Not the mention trigger happy.  The dome, it turns out, is really bitchy, too.  Is there anyone who can rise above?  Hit the jump for more.

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