Press Release: Under the Dome 1×05 – Blue on Blue, Press Release

THE RESIDENTS OF CHESTER’S MILL RECEIVE A SURPRISE VISIT FROM THEIR LOVED ONES, AND THE COMMUNITY BRACES FOR A THREAT FROM OUTSIDE THE DOME, ON “UNDER THE DOME,” MONDAY, JULY 22.

Blue on Blue” – The Chester’s Mill residents receive an unexpected visit from their loved ones on the other side. Meanwhile, the community braces for a threat from outside the Dome, on UNDER THE DOME, Monday, July 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Continue reading

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Under the Dome: New Ad-less Ways to Make Cash

vulture.com:…Let’s look at the many different deals made for CBS’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome, which premieres tonight, and had an estimated production budget of $3 million per episode. While Eye execs would very much like to wake up to big ratings for the show tomorrow morning, they don’t need to wait for Nielsen to render its verdict because the show is already a financial winner, thanks to the following arrangements:

  • - Back in February, CBS struck a deal with Amazon that would let Amazon Prime members stream episodes of the show four days after they debut on CBS, while anyone with a credit card will be able to download episodes on a pay-per-view basis. Vulture has learned via multiple sources that the streaming giant will pay CBS a whopping $750,000 per hour-long episode — that’s roughly one quarter of the show’s estimated production cost, instantly covered.
  • - Dome filmed in North Carolina, taking advantage of the state’s generous tax credits to further reduce its costs. People familiar with the cost structure for Dome say the subsidies work out to approximately $400,000 per episode.
  • - International sales have become increasingly important to the TV business, much as global box office is now just as, and sometime more, important to the financial health of American feature films. And Dome has turned out to be a massive hit with overseas networks: Vulture hears the show will pull in around $1.9 million in license fees paid by foreign broadcasters.

Add all these revenue streams together, and CBS had raised just over $3 million per episode for Dome before it sold a single ad — the full cost of production. Since even the lowest-rated CBS shows bring in at least $500,000 in ad revenue, even if Dome flops, CBS will make money every time the show airs. As CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves told investors last month on a first-quarter earnings call, “Combining Amazon with the international syndication deal makes Under the Dome profitable immediately.”..

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Under The Dome: Natalie Zea joins cast

With Fox’s The Following on hiatus, Natalie Zea (The Following) is headed Under the Dome this summer — and perhaps beyond. Zea, who plays The Following’s Claire Matthews, has been cast in a continuing role in the CBS summer series, which premieres June 24. Just how “continuing” her role is I imagine will depend on Claire’s fate. Continue reading

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Under The Dome: Executive Producers Preview Drama

..The summer series based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name will knock your socks off, according to those behind the scenes.

“It just gets pretty scary very quickly,” Britt Robinson says in the “Under the Dome” trailer above, which includes footage both from the series and behind the scenes.

“People’s eyes are going to bug out of their head when they see it,” King says in the trailer of the show’s visual effects. “It’s going to be riveting TV.”

“Lost” veterans Jack Bender and Brian K. Vaughan serve as executive producers on “Under the Dome,” which follows the inhabitants of a small Maine town who suddenly find themselves under a dome, cut off from the rest of civilization…

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