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CBS Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Steven Spielberg/Stephen King Drama Deadline

CBS is breaking out of the mold of its trademark police procedurals with a new drama series from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, Deadline.com reports. The network gave a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of “Under the Dome,” based on King’s 2009 bestseller.

The series, set to run next summer, will be produced by Spielberg’s Amblin Television, the report notes. With “Unforgettable” also in the works, the projects mark CBS’s biggest move in years into off-season scripted originals.

“’Under the Dome’ tells the story of a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome,” the story reports. “The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away.”

The project is written by Brian K. Vaughan of “Lost.”

The piece notes: “CBS landed ‘Under the Dome’ in turnaround. The supernatural thriller was originally set up at pay cable sibling Showtime in August 2011. When Amblin sensed the project was not moving forward at Showtime, they asked the network to release it and took it out to the broadcast networks. In an effort to keep the show in the family, Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins, who liked the project despite feeling it was not right for Showtime, recommended it to his CBS counterpart Nina Tassler, who was interested.”

CBS TV Studios will produce the show along with Amblin. Neal Baer is attached as showrunner, and Niels Arden Oplev (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) will direct episode one, the story reports.