Wilmington, NC (WLTX) - The new CBS show "Under the Dome" begins next week, and Thursday, the show had a premiere screening in Wilmington, North Carolina, where it's filmed.
News19 traveled to Wilmington for the big event.
"Under the Dome" is based on a bestselling Stephen King novel about a Maine town that's suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by a transparent dome. The need to survive will force the townspeople into conflict, as they try to make sense of a world turned upside down--and why they're stuck in it in the first place. Previous Coverage: Trailer, Preview of 'Under the Dome'
King said the idea took decades to come together.
"The idea would never completely leave my mind," King told News19's Lauren Talarico at the premiere. "I tried it in the 70s. I was teaching school at that time [but] the research was too daunting, [so] put it away. I tried it again in the 80s. Actually I was down here [in Wilmington] working on a film called Cat's Eye, so I actually tried to set it in the Wilmington area but it wouldn't work for me. About the year 2002 I started thinking about it on a long plane ride and I said 'this time I'm gonna do it.'"
Viewers will be able to follow the exploits of the town during its 13 episode run over the summer. "Under the Dome" premieres on CBS/WLTX at 10 p.m. on Monday.
To watch News19's interviews with the cast, and our interview with Stephen King, just click on the videos attached to this article.