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"Under The Dome" With Stephen King Changes CBS TV

There has been negative commentary about the differences of the television series "Under The Dome" and the original novel by Stephen King. I never read the novel but I have no problems with 'adaptations' which stray from the written word. They are entirely different entities.

However, now that King himself is going to writes the first instalment of next season, I think the argument can be put to rest. But, in addition  to that fact, I am glad that the TV series has such a high rating (I do enjoy it). If this limited series succeeds, it might encourage the commercial networks to return to some worthwhile entertainment which takes some thought to enjoy. [DE]

'Under the Dome'

CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves trumpeted the network's success with "Under the Dome" to Wall Street analysts Wednesday. Above, Natalie Martinez, left, and Josh Carter in a scene from the series. (Associated Press)

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Wall Street enthralled with CBS' 'Under the Dome'

by Meg James

Television viewers aren't the only ones captivated by CBS' summer experiment with "Under the Dome."

The series based on the Stephen King thriller has shattered summer viewership standards, with more than 11 million people tuning in each week for the next installment. On Wednesday, Wall Street analysts were also clamoring for more details about CBS' efforts to create a new business model for event programming.

CBS designed the sci-fi drama -- which costs nearly $3.5 million an episode to produce -- to be profitable from Day One. 

Key to the arrangement was a deal that CBS struck with Amazon.com four months before "Under the Dome" debuted in late June. The network agreed to make episodes available exclusively to Amazon.com subscribers a few days after they aired on CBS -- substantially compressing broadcast TV's exclusive window.

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"Because of the Amazon deal and because of the international sales, we were able to make the show profitable even before it went on the air," CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves boasted Wednesday during a conference call with analysts to discuss CBS earnings.

"Now the fact that it is a huge hit is really almost gravy. It will bring in a ton of profits into the third quarter," Moonves said. 

CBS earlier this week renewed the 13-episode series to return next year. The audience grows to as much as 20 million viewers an episode when factoring in the people who digitally record the show and watch it later.