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(Digital Spy)   Stephen King reveals that nobody who worked on the first season of CBS's "Under the Dome" planned on it being renewed. "I said, "What's going to happen? ... He said, "I have no f***ing idea"   (digitalspy.com ) divider line
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2014-06-10 05:20:49 PM  
You can tell if you watch the first season, because the last few episodes become painful as they had to turn it into a cliffhanger at the last minute. Whether 13 or 26 episodes, I wish the writers had just known ahead of time so they could have done a good job. I am afraid the second season is going to suck, since there isn't much left for them to do in 13 episodes.
 
2014-06-10 05:25:41 PM  
And yet Almost Human was canceled.  That was a pretty fantastic show.  "Growing up Fisher" also canceled, also pretty fantastic.

Stupid TV people.  WTF?
 
2014-06-10 05:28:50 PM  
They can ask the LOST writers for advice
 
2014-06-10 05:29:09 PM  
Well clearly the writers were drinking heavily anyway. I can't wait for Season Two, this is the most random show on TV. I bet this season Junior will become the Dome, why not? And maybe someone will turn into a butterfly! That would make sense, right? Whee more tequila for everyone!
 
2014-06-10 05:46:05 PM  
Sounds a lot like this trend of tv shows based on movies that pretty much told the whole story in the movie. From Dusk Till Dawn, Bates Motel, Fargo and to a lesser extent, Hannibal (which I like a lot but how far can it really go). And I'm pretty sure they intended Supernatural to end after the Armageddon, a few seasons ago.
 
2014-06-10 05:48:07 PM  

Mugato: Fargo


Fargo is a completely different story. And it's BRILLIANT. AND IT'S ON TONIGHT OH MY GOD
 
2014-06-10 05:54:08 PM  

Ambivalence: And yet Almost Human was canceled.  That was a pretty fantastic show.  "Growing up Fisher" also canceled, also pretty fantastic.


Different network, different ratings performance.
 
2014-06-10 06:09:58 PM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Ambivalence: And yet Almost Human was canceled.  That was a pretty fantastic show.  "Growing up Fisher" also canceled, also pretty fantastic.

Different network, different ratings performance.


I DON'T CARE! MY HEART WAS BROKEN!

(sob)
 
2014-06-10 07:42:03 PM  

Confabulat: Mugato: Fargo

Fargo is a completely different story. And it's BRILLIANT. AND IT'S ON TONIGHT OH MY GOD


The show is called "Fargo" and it's set in Minnesota and has people talking with those cute accents don't ya know, but I think the Coen Bros movie it's closest in spirit to is No Country for Old Men.

I think we're heading towards an ending Game of Thrones would find harsh.
 
2014-06-10 08:04:27 PM  

Confabulat: Mugato: Fargo

Fargo is a completely different story. And it's BRILLIANT. AND IT'S ON TONIGHT OH MY GOD


Can't wait!
 
2014-06-10 08:11:11 PM  
Well that explains why their cliffhanger was so terrible.  Dropping the curtain three minutes before the end of the show does not an effective cliffhanger make.
 
2014-06-10 08:36:08 PM  
I loved the book, it's unfortunate that most of the King novels turned tv shows/movies turn into crap. TV/Movie writers do this stuff all the time, what's the point of rewriting an already great story? I know some books are too difficult to transition to the screen (Dark Tower, i.e.) but Under the Dome seemed like a pretty straight-forward plot. Any writers out there have an idea?
 
2014-06-10 08:36:34 PM  

Confabulat: Mugato: Fargo

Fargo is a completely different story. And it's BRILLIANT. AND IT'S ON TONIGHT OH MY GOD


Hmm, you sound like a friend. How about I buy you a phone so I can call you up and let you listen to me take shiats on people?
 
2014-06-10 08:43:57 PM  

bearcats1983: I loved the book, it's unfortunate that most of the King novels turned tv shows/movies turn into crap. TV/Movie writers do this stuff all the time, what's the point of rewriting an already great story? I know some books are too difficult to transition to the screen (Dark Tower, i.e.) but Under the Dome seemed like a pretty straight-forward plot. Any writers out there have an idea?


I also enjoyed the book but the ending chapters felt quite rushed like he was trying to wrap things up and the pacing suffered.  I think that mostly had to do with the back story that ended-up being the answer was revealed too close to the end.
 
2014-06-10 08:44:28 PM  
I'm surprised that something by/based on Stephen King sucks.  It must be because his work sucks and always has and maybe now people are able to recognize it because of the increase of mercury in their systems from their consumption of tainted fish.  And a demon and a power and an old man or woman displaying otherworldly wisdom which King probably thinks is a subtle way to present foreshadowing but which is, like all characters and elements of his stories, clumsy and heavy-handed and "monsters" so far-fetched as to be neutered of any realistic fear factor.  And a conclusion written in order to meet a deadline.  The End.
 
2014-06-10 08:47:47 PM  

bearcats1983: I loved the book, it's unfortunate that most of the King novels turned tv shows/movies turn into crap. TV/Movie writers do this stuff all the time, what's the point of rewriting an already great story? I know some books are too difficult to transition to the screen (Dark Tower, i.e.) but Under the Dome seemed like a pretty straight-forward plot. Any writers out there have an idea?


Word on the street was it was intended to be a miniseries right up until the network realized how much money it could make if we lived in  the theoretical land where no one would have to set the blender to Crapify to make it last longer.

We don't live in that land.  Something tells me the network may be starting to realize that.

/on the plus side, the 'we never said miniseries' back-peddling made for a nice breeze
 
2014-06-10 08:50:35 PM  

jake_lex: The show is called "Fargo" and it's set in Minnesota and has people talking with those cute accents don't ya know, but I think the Coen Bros movie it's closest in spirit to is No Country for Old Men.


I'm sure there is an obvious answer, but why is it called Fargo if it's in Minnesota?  I know Fargo is just across the border, but why not call it Bimigje, or however it is spelled?
 
2014-06-10 08:51:47 PM  

Mugato: Sounds a lot like this trend of tv shows based on movies that pretty much told the whole story in the movie. From Dusk Till Dawn, Bates Motel, Fargo and to a lesser extent, Hannibal (which I like a lot but how far can it really go). And I'm pretty sure they intended Supernatural to end after the Armageddon, a few seasons ago.


The creator and show-funner said peace-out, but the torch was picked up by some solid writers.  Season six alone gave us The French Mistake, The Man Who Would Be King, Clap Your Hands If You Believe, dragons, and that one angel unsinking the Titanic because he was sick of the song.

So there was clearly more fuel in the tank.

/oh, Metatron, you so crazy!
 
2014-06-10 08:53:39 PM  

Githerax: I'm surprised that something by/based on Stephen King sucks


I haven't read everything he's done (who could?) but it does seem like he comes up with a good idea and never gets to a coherent ending. Which makes it perfect for network TV.

All the miniseries based on his books were terrible, The Shining the movie was great.
 
2014-06-10 08:57:48 PM  

K.B.O. Winston: The creator and show-funner said peace-out, but the torch was picked up by some solid writers.  Season six alone gave us The French Mistake, The Man Who Would Be King, Clap Your Hands If You Believe, dragons, and that one angel unsinking the Titanic because he was sick of the song


The "funny" episodes of Supernatural are always great and Charlie the cute lesbian deserves her own spin off series. I still like the show but with the Leviathans and the trials and the lingering war in Heaven, it's clear they're sort of floundering. Hopefully they'll end strong.
 
2014-06-10 08:57:57 PM  

K.B.O. Winston: bearcats1983: I loved the book, it's unfortunate that most of the King novels turned tv shows/movies turn into crap. TV/Movie writers do this stuff all the time, what's the point of rewriting an already great story? I know some books are too difficult to transition to the screen (Dark Tower, i.e.) but Under the Dome seemed like a pretty straight-forward plot. Any writers out there have an idea?

Word on the street was it was intended to be a miniseries right up until the network realized how much money it could make if we lived in  the theoretical land where no one would have to set the blender to Crapify to make it last longer.

We don't live in that land.  Something tells me the network may be starting to realize that.

/on the plus side, the 'we never said miniseries' back-peddling made for a nice breeze


I'm pretty sure it was planned to continue for a while.  CBS set up a sweet deal where, between tax credits, international sales, and their deal with Amazon, most of the production costs were already covered before a single episode aired.  Obviously, losing any of those revenue sources could have changed things, but then the ratings were great so there was no reason to back down.

Plus, filming was likely complete before the show even aired.  I'm pretty sure this was the plan all along.
 
2014-06-10 09:04:20 PM  

Confabulat: Mugato: Fargo

Fargo is a completely different story. And it's BRILLIANT. AND IT'S ON TONIGHT OH MY GOD


Is it like the movie? Cause I kind of lost interest in that 40 minutes in. I don't really get off on watching dysfunctional people be stupid and miserable.
 
2014-06-10 09:19:08 PM  

Githerax: I'm surprised that something by/based on Stephen King sucks.  It must be because his work sucks and always has and maybe now people are able to recognize it because of the increase of mercury in their systems from their consumption of tainted fish.  And a demon and a power and an old man or woman displaying otherworldly wisdom which King probably thinks is a subtle way to present foreshadowing but which is, like all characters and elements of his stories, clumsy and heavy-handed and "monsters" so far-fetched as to be neutered of any realistic fear factor.  And a conclusion written in order to meet a deadline.  The End.


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2014-06-10 09:25:43 PM  

bearcats1983: I loved the book, it's unfortunate that most of the King novels turned tv shows/movies turn into crap. TV/Movie writers do this stuff all the time, what's the point of rewriting an already great story? I know some books are too difficult to transition to the screen (Dark Tower, i.e.) but Under the Dome seemed like a pretty straight-forward plot. Any writers out there have an idea?


I'm currently halfway through reading the recently released Stephen King Films FAQ (written by one of the Onion AV Club contributors). King has had some incredibly shiatty luck when it comes to people adapting his films. I think the bar was simply set so low on his adaptations from the get-go that we shouldn't be surprised that Under the Dome turned out the way it did.

Hollywood should just agree that Frank Darabont is the only person allowed to touch King adaptations.
 
2014-06-10 09:32:27 PM  
No shiat.  Even they know it was a total pile of crap.
 
2014-06-10 09:40:43 PM  

NeoCortex42: Hollywood should just agree that Frank Darabont is the only person allowed to touch King adaptations.


He wrote the screenplay to The Mist, right? I thought the ending of that where the guy kills his kid because he figures everyone's going to die anyway and just after he kills his kid, the military shows up to save the day was hilarious. That was just slapstick. I expected a cartoon *wonk wonk wonk* effect with the guy turning towards the camera an comically shrugging his shoulders.
 
2014-06-10 09:42:00 PM  
Here's what they need to do on Under The Dome:

Step 1:  KILL EVERYONE

Step 2: Put another dome around a much more interesting town with non-stupid people.

Step 3: Forget that this other town ever existed.
 
2014-06-10 09:43:46 PM  

Mugato: NeoCortex42: Hollywood should just agree that Frank Darabont is the only person allowed to touch King adaptations.

He wrote the screenplay to The Mist, right? I thought the ending of that where the guy kills his kid because he figures everyone's going to die anyway and just after he kills his kid, the military shows up to save the day was hilarious. That was just slapstick. I expected a cartoon *wonk wonk wonk* effect with the guy turning towards the camera an comically shrugging his shoulders.


I still prefer it to the open ending of the story, even if it is darkly comedic.

Regardless of what you think of the ending, I still think it was as good an adaptation of The Mist as anybody could have hoped for. His insistence on producing a black and white cut of the film enhances it even more. It's too bad he couldn't get that cut released theatrically.
 
2014-06-10 09:46:43 PM  
Remember, this is the same CBS that owns the rights to make a Star Trek TV show, and won't.
 
2014-06-10 09:49:08 PM  

MagSeven: Githerax: I'm surprised that something by/based on Stephen King sucks.  It must be because his work sucks and always has and maybe now people are able to recognize it because of the increase of mercury in their systems from their consumption of tainted fish.  And a demon and a power and an old man or woman displaying otherworldly wisdom which King probably thinks is a subtle way to present foreshadowing but which is, like all characters and elements of his stories, clumsy and heavy-handed and "monsters" so far-fetched as to be neutered of any realistic fear factor.  And a conclusion written in order to meet a deadline.  The End.

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That has to be the coolest thing I've ever seen from Facebook.
 
2014-06-10 09:52:27 PM  

Confabulat: Remember, this is the same CBS that owns the rights to make a Star Trek TV show, and won't.


Is that right? That's messed up. In the 1990s there were 2 Trek TV series and a series of movies, even though none of which were particularly successful. Now there's a series of Trek movies that are (for better or worse) successful and no TV show? Someone's dropping the ball big time.
 
2014-06-10 09:55:06 PM  

Mugato: Confabulat: Remember, this is the same CBS that owns the rights to make a Star Trek TV show, and won't.

Is that right? That's messed up. In the 1990s there were 2 Trek TV series and a series of movies, even though none of which were particularly successful. Now there's a series of Trek movies that are (for better or worse) successful and no TV show? Someone's dropping the ball big time.


Yeah it's all a big mess from divisions and divisions of studios over the years. Ironically, Star Trek has never aired on CBS, ever. It was an NBC originally.

Here's sort a synopsis of the mess:

http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/how-web-star-trek-rights-kille d- jj-abrams-grand-ambitions-91766/

Even J.J. Abrams can't fix CBS.
 
2014-06-10 09:58:14 PM  

Confabulat: Mugato: Fargo

Fargo is a completely different story. And it's BRILLIANT. AND IT'S ON TONIGHT OH MY GOD


How is it that we don't get a Fargo thread?
 
2014-06-10 10:08:33 PM  
Dome koff.
 
2014-06-10 10:20:47 PM  

NeoCortex42: Confabulat: Mugato: Fargo

Fargo is a completely different story. And it's BRILLIANT. AND IT'S ON TONIGHT OH MY GOD

How is it that we don't get a Fargo thread?




OHMYGOSH! The elevator!
 
2014-06-10 10:30:08 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: NeoCortex42: Confabulat: Mugato: Fargo

Fargo is a completely different story. And it's BRILLIANT. AND IT'S ON TONIGHT OH MY GOD

How is it that we don't get a Fargo thread?

OHMYGOSH! The elevator!


They had me from the start with "Erstwhile, on Fargo..."
 
2014-06-10 10:49:00 PM  
no good ever came from cherry pie
 
2014-06-10 10:52:19 PM  

K.B.O. Winston: Mugato: Sounds a lot like this trend of tv shows based on movies that pretty much told the whole story in the movie. From Dusk Till Dawn, Bates Motel, Fargo and to a lesser extent, Hannibal (which I like a lot but how far can it really go). And I'm pretty sure they intended Supernatural to end after the Armageddon, a few seasons ago.

The creator and show-funner said peace-out, but the torch was picked up by some solid writers.  Season six alone gave us The French Mistake, The Man Who Would Be King, Clap Your Hands If You Believe, dragons, and that one angel unsinking the Titanic because he was sick of the song.

So there was clearly more fuel in the tank.

/oh, Metatron, you so crazy!


French Mistake?

unaffiliatedcritic.com
 
2014-06-10 11:04:51 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: no good ever came from cherry pie


That comment is completely unwarranted.
 
2014-06-10 11:08:30 PM  
Okay, we better get a Fargo thread next week. I don't want to spoil anything in here, but daaaaaaaamn.
 
2014-06-10 11:09:10 PM  
that was crazy!!!
 
2014-06-10 11:14:36 PM  
90 mins finale  for Fargo!!!!
 
2014-06-10 11:15:23 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: that was crazy!!!


And a 90-minute finale.

Not sure if I'm looking more forward to Fargo or Game of Thrones next week.
 
2014-06-10 11:19:56 PM  

NeoCortex42: RaiderFanMikeP: that was crazy!!!

And a 90-minute finale.

Not sure if I'm looking more forward to Fargo or Game of Thrones next week.


right now im leaning towards Fargo Finale to be insane!
 
2014-06-10 11:26:30 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: NeoCortex42: RaiderFanMikeP: that was crazy!!!

And a 90-minute finale.

Not sure if I'm looking more forward to Fargo or Game of Thrones next week.

right now im leaning towards Fargo Finale to be insane!


While both will probably be insane, nobody's managed to spoil Fargo for me.  So that will probably be the much more engaging show of the two.  I really hope a thread goes green for it.
 
2014-06-10 11:47:23 PM  
I worked on the first season of the show.

We were all told it was to be renewed.
 
2014-06-11 12:40:38 AM  

NeoCortex42: Okay, we better get a Fargo thread next week. I don't want to spoil anything in here, but daaaaaaaamn.


Lester has turned into a mutherfarker.
 
2014-06-11 12:45:11 AM  

ongbok: NeoCortex42: Okay, we better get a Fargo thread next week. I don't want to spoil anything in here, but daaaaaaaamn.

Lester has turned into a mutherfarker.


Head Nygaard in Charge!
 
2014-06-11 12:46:08 AM  
There are a number of routes they could go, I would suggest having the outside people nuke the dome to no effect to provide more special effects beauty and scorch the rest of the earth outside as a midseason cliffhanger.  Then have a comet hit the earth wiping out everyone except those protected by the dome.  The townspeople struggle on with some suicides, general asshattery and then the series ends with the remainder sucking on the end of a tailpipe from the cars that they are ceaselessly running even though there is no hope of resupply or all line up with guns and shoot the person to the right with junior the last one left standing.  Or they go happy and the aliens/God restore the earth back to normal. For some reason I enjoy watching the trainwreck and the idiocy that they seemingly are running their lives with.  It makes the Walking Dead crew look almost like survivalists by comparison.
 
2014-06-11 01:02:12 AM  

Mugato: Sounds a lot like this trend of tv shows based on movies that pretty much told the whole story in the movie. From Dusk Till Dawn, Bates Motel, Fargo and to a lesser extent, Hannibal (which I like a lot but how far can it really go). And I'm pretty sure they intended Supernatural to end after the Armageddon, a few seasons ago.


Bates Motel is awesome. second favourite after GoT.  Waiting for a season or two of Fargo to be complete before I start on that show.
 
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