It looks as if CBS has a hit on its hands. “Under the Dome,” which premiered Monday night, debuted with an impressive 13.53 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49.
“We are very excited,” executive producer Neal Baer told xfinityTV. “I didn’t try to put a number to it. I was just hoping, and when I found out that we did better than any new summer drama series since 1992, I believe, that was pretty incredible.”
Those numbers also place “Under the Dome,” which is loosely based on the Stephen King novel, in second place for the 2012-2013 season, with only “Revolution” besting it earlier this year in premiere numbers for a new drama.
So what’s next? Last week when the dome descended on the small town of Chester’s Mill, it understandably took a while for people to comprehend what had happened. As a result, a plane taking off, crashed into the dome. Several cars and trucks hit the transparent surface and folded up like accordions. And anything that had the misfortune to be in the path of the dome when it descended, was sliced in half, like a cow standing out in a field. That leaves a lot of burning questions for viewers to chew on.
So what can we expect from next week’s episode? More of the same?
“When you are living under a dome, it is like a tinderbox, so there is no place for the fire to burn but within,” Baer comments on the panic that ensues when a house catches fire and the residents realize that their fire department is outside of the dome. “You’ve got to count on the people getting together, otherwise terrible things can happen. The fire trucks went to a parade that day so they are on the outside of the dome.”
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What will we learn about the dome in Episode 2?
Baer: Everybody is asking on Twitter, why don’t they just dig under it? Patience. We will. People will dig next week. We will learn a lot about the dome’s properties through Joe [Colin Ford].”
Why did Junior (Alexander Koch) lock Angie (Britt Robertson) up in the fallout shelter? Is he psycho?
Baer: At some point we will find out why he locked her up. He has never locked her there before.
Will readers of the book find surprises in the series? Or might it anger them?
Baer: It doesn’t slavishly follow the book. It is inspired by a book. We have already gone further in days than the book. We are on day 13.
Will there be any new characters, or have we met everybody?
Baer: We haven’t met everybody yet. We haven’t met all the people who are going to play a role in this ensemble cast. We will meet some new people inside the dome. Like: What Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated performer will be caught under the dome? We haven’t said yet.
As for the questions about the propane that is stockpiled in Chester’s Mill, why only teenagers seem to be affected by dome-induced seizures, if Barbie (Mike Vogel) is a bad guy or a good guy caught in a bad situation, and will Barbie and Julia hook up, Baer declined to answer, simply saying, “I like that you’re asking all the right questions, but I’m not going to answer. You’ll have to watch!”
“Under the Dome” airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.