Under The Dome just got its plug pulled. Although the alternative reality drama began with enormous viewer numbers, season three will become the last, to mixed reactions from fans and sorrow from the cast. Adapted from the Stephen King novel Under The Dome, the CBS show has taken viewers through the challenges and fears that residents of a small town faced when a huge dome cuts them off from the world, reported Access Hollywood.
Airing September 10, the episode initially planned as the last show of season 3 now has to do double duty as the Under The Dome finale. And what will happen?
"When the Dome comes down, many questions about its origin and power will be answered, as two groups of residents engage in one final conflict that some won't survive," revealed CBS.
In addition, the chairman of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler, noted that the finale will disclose the last secrets hidden in Chester's Mill.
"The story comes full circle, with the Dome coming down as dramatically as it went up," hinted Tassler.
If you missed an episode, never saw Under The Dome, or wanted to watch your favorite episodes again, Amazon Prime will stream every season.For its June, 2013, debut, Under The Dome made its mark in the TV summer drama history books as getting more viewers than any other since 1992, reported the Telegraph.
Marg Helgenberger and Dean Morris both commented on the cancellation.
"To the fans of Under The Dome. You have been fantastic!!! Thank you. See you all soon @UnderTheDomeCBS," wrote Dean.
And Marge thanked the other members of the cast and crew.
"Huge thanks & love to the entire company of #UnderTheDome for letting me play with you this summer. I'm sorry to hear that it's over," posted the actress.As for viewers, some were sad, while others expressed relief that it had ended.
"I'm not ready to say goodbye to under the dome," tweeted @lookgriers.
Others were more than ready to cheer the doom of the Dome.
"Under The Dome has been cancelled. Thank the Lord! That show makes my brain hurt. It should have ended after the first season," theorized @dazgale.
For those who pondered whether Stephen King's book should have been adapted for TV, the author himself offered his thoughts about Under The Dome on his web site. King noted that he was aware some of the book lovers were annoyed that the TV version was so different.
"For those of you out there in Constant Reader Land who are feeling miffed because the TV version of Under the Dome varies considerably from the book version," King began his letter to readers.
King went on to point out that the book still can be read, but that although the TV show was different, the key characterizations had been saved. Moreover, the author noted that the timeline of the show required changes from the book.
"Many of the changes...have been of necessity, and I approved of them wholeheartedly. Some have been occasioned by their plan to keep the Dome in place over Chester's Mill for months instead of little more than a week, as is the case in the book. Other story modifications are slotting into place because the writers have completely re-imagined the source of the Dome."As for how King feels about Under The Dome as it has played out on the small screen, he emphasized his love for the Dome.
"I'm enjoying the chance to watch that alternate reality play out; I still think there's no place like Dome," declared the proud author.
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