Talk:Under the Dome (TV series)

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Outlook for the series, long term?[edit]

I'm wondering what the long term plans are for this series (assuming people love it and it gets renewed). A mini-series or a 13-22 part series makes sense, but (to me) a series should be able to support 7, 10, or even 20 seasons. I thought the same for Prison Break and it was great the first season and being on the run as part of the escape would have been a wonderful second season. What are we to expect here, season 1 on Earth and then season 2 on the run to find those who created the dome, and so on? Still it has a very short life span, but if you only look at the profit then long term isn't as important as . . . Anyway, I'm just wondering.

If it is a mini-series, someone should update article stating it is a short term / mini-series.

--Bmoshier (talk) 16:47, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

For the time being, this is an ongoing series. I haven't read the book yet, so I really have no opinion on what the life span of a possible series could be, but if CBS intended it to be a limited run mini-series it would have announced that in its press materials. A second season is entirely likely, depending on the ratings of course, so for the time being it should stay as is. -- SchrutedIt08 (talk) 22:15, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
I've seen multiple media reports indicating that this is a limited-run series of only 13 episodes, not an ongoing series. As such, I wonder if it should be noted that this is one of the first US productions in the form of a multi-episode limited series adapting a single book - since the 1980s when War & Remembrance was made and the mini- and maxi-series genre died out. (talk) 19:17, 11 June 2013 (UTC)
It's not. Many sources have confirmed (CBS, the producers and King himself among them) that if the show does well in the ratings it will be renewed for a second season and beyond. Those seasons will likely keep the smaller 13-episode format, but as of now there aren't any set plans for how long the series will continue. If the pilot ratings are anything to go by, it'll be around for a while. -- SchrutedIt08 (talk) 11:31, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

This is doomed to be cancelled long before its conclusion. This is nature of the genre. I could list the shows that ended without conclusion but you know them off by heart! If they don't have the story paid for to the very end they should not start it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:54, 19 August 2013 (UTC)


Has this series really been classified in the science-fiction genre? Seems dubious to me. It's rather horror/fantasy.--Grondilu (talk) 16:05, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

The novel is classified as SF so the series follows the book. Also, the idea of a domed community comes out of science fiction. I haven't read the book, but if King offers an explanation for it, or there is some science-related rationale behind the dome, then that too makes it SF, not fantasy or horror. Most of the Google hits I'm seeing refer to the series as either SF or SF-horror (probably on the strength of King's reputation more than anything else). (talk) 19:18, 11 June 2013 (UTC)
It's difficult to explain why it is science fiction without entirely spoiling the twist at the end of the novel (and maybe the TV adaption). But King's explanation in the book is entirely science fiction, though of the weird, reality-warping flavor of Philip K. Dick. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:59, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
The concept of a town isolated by an invisible shield of alien origin was used in the movie The Village of the Damned from John Wyndham's novel "The Midwich Cuckoos" which are considered science fiction. --Naaman Brown (talk) 22:51, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

If there was any science intended, it was of the bad type, such as trying to counteract a fixed giant magnetic field with an AC generated field and calculations made on a piece of paper213.143.50.175 (talk) 21:47, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

What time?[edit]

The article says it is on at "10PM" Usually US shows which appear at 10 Eastern time are on at 9 Central time. They may delay it for 10 PM Pacific time, How about if we specify "10 PM EDT" or "10 PM Eastern" to avoid misinforming readers who are in time zones with other broadcast times? Edison (talk) 03:09, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

Done. Thanks. -- SchrutedIt08 (talk) 03:15, 28 June 2013 (UTC)


I have edited it to follow MOS:TV#Cast_information - Unfortunately it seems that the first sub-section has periods at the end, whereas the second sub-section does not. I will leave it up to the regular editors to decide which should be adopted as the norm. Chaosdruid (talk) 19:21, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

Generally, bulleted lists don't need, and shouldn't get, periods. And in this case there aren't sentences. --Musdan77 (talk) 22:34, 2 July 2013 (UTC)


Does anybody know how to erase the 2nd blue line under the plot summary, for the fourth episode? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hope is all one needs (talkcontribs) 01:51, 23 July 2013 (UTC)


Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who have not seen the series yet. So what's the idea about adding how many episodes some of the characters appear in before they are written out of the show? 2A02:FE0:C900:1:ADC4:D2C2:F604:A44D (talk) 21:37, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

Please see WP:SPOILER to know Wikipedia's stand on spoilers. Basically, as long as the episode has aired, it's fair game. --Musdan77 (talk) 01:05, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
There are a lot of countries outside America that is sending the episodes as well, and they are all delayed with one, two or three weeks compared to you. (talk) 11:30, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
What's the point in telling who dies and where in the description of the cast without a warning label? Like, is it even necessary?::: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:45, 7 October 2014 (UTC)
I have made some changes to the list. --Musdan77 (talk) 05:35, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Set in the future?[edit]

I noticed that this show is labeled as being set in the future. From what I've seen of the show so far, it seems to be contemporary, not in the future. Perhaps I've missed something, but is this rightly attributed? Trekkie4christ (talk) 02:36, 15 August 2013 (UTC)


The statement that there is "no Internet access, no mobile signals and limited radio communication, the people trapped inside must find their own ways to survive with diminishing resources and rising tensions" surely implies that life is dependent on electronic communications. Apart from landline telephones, survival depends on food, water and shelter, not being able to access Facebook 24/7! (talk) 07:08, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

The "dome" is actually not even a dome, it is actually a sphere as evidenced when an attempt was made to escape underground. (talk) 04:57, 22 September 2013 (UTC)

Cast sorting[edit]

How is it that the character of "Norrie" is listed under "Recurring characters" instead of "Main characters". Surely her role as one of the four who can touch and interact with the mini-dome places her as a central character, no? WikiDan61ChatMe!ReadMe!! 16:38, 19 September 2013 (UTC)

That's not for us to decide. Even though the character appeared in all 13 episodes of season one, Mackenzie Lintz was always explicitly credited as a "Guest star" and not listed in the bulk of the main cast (with the likes of Vogel, Ford, Koch, etc.) therefore she is still technically a recurring character. If this changes for the second season, she can be moved to the main cast list. -- SchrutedIt08 (talk) 23:17, 19 September 2013 (UTC)
However, I think that the cast and the characters are two different things. Norrie is an important character, so she must be listed under "Main characters". Besides, if you take a look at other Wikipedias (Spanish, French, German), they consider Norrie as main character.--Darwino (talk) 15:01, 29 September 2013 (UTC)
This is a cast list, not a character list. Obviously the characters the actors play are mentioned, but its primary function is to concisely list the actors who appear in the show. Whether you consider the character to be important or not is irrelevant. We can't go against official production information because of personal opinion. That's original research. Lintz may have appeared in all thirteen episodes and may have played a crucial role in the story, but the opening credits of every episode specifically list her as "Guest starring" and not as part of the main cast, therefore she is technically a recurring cast member. As I mentioned above, if this is altered for the second season (it probably will be) then she can be moved into the main cast list. Until then she is where she should be. -- SchrutedIt08 (talk) 22:01, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

encyclopedic/notable? recap to air before season 2 premiere[edit]

Not sure if this is encyclopedic/notable information or not: According to Under the Dome: Inside Chester's Mill will air on Mon, June 23, 2014 at 10pm. i'm wondering if/how to paraphrase that website's synopsis: Highlights from the first season; interviews with the cast and executive producers.

-- (talk) 00:12, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Quality decline[edit]

Is there any reason for the script quality to have become increasingly bad on this season second season ? I have never considered it a good show but I liked some of the ideas and characters (and casting) without having any previous knowledge of SK work it is based on. I was just looking for information on why the script writing has from the last episodes of the previous season to now the abysmal low of episode 7 is this something that the original material forced to be adapted in this way somehow or was there any changes in the show production or writers ? (talk) 10:12, 12 August 2014 (UTC)


After episode 7 of series 2 there is no doubt that the show takes place in Purgatory. The dome plays the roll of the island in LOST. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:04, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Is there going to be a third season?[edit]

It appears that way, but I've seen no announcements. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2607:FCC8:B7CA:2300:E555:EF7F:B7BA:6BB5 (talk) 03:19, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Rank per week for episode 2.13 explanation[edit]

I can't find any source that lists weekly primetime broadcasts past the top 25, and since Under the Dome episode 2.13 was not in the top 25 because of the start of the new season I had to check every "Final ratings" page for the week to figure out it was ranked #36. It's not original research, it's just math. All sources for verification are listed in the reference. (talk) 18:39, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

"With DVR figures added..."[edit]

What does DVR stand for in this ("With DVR figures added, the series premiere was...") case and what does "figure" mean along with "DVR"? Chrope (talk) 19:36, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

DVR stands for Digital video recorder and figure refers to the amount of viewers who watched the show. Figures which are usually reported are overnight figures, or people who watched the show live. In contrast, DVR numbers are the amount of people who watched the show within a certain amount of days on their recording device. I recall reading an article the other month which stated one of the American cable networks (I think it was FX) was no longer going to report overnight numbers as it is more common for their viewers to watch a series at a later time. Hope that helps, Forbesy 777 (talk) 20:57, 25 November 2014 (UTC)
More specifically per Zap2it, program ratings for US national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) which are the most commonly reported numbers, and Live+7 Day (Live+7). Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 47% of all US TV households. Live+SD include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3am local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.
To simplify this, if you have a Nielsen box and if you have Under the Dome on your DVR that was recorded at 10pm, as long as you watch it prior to 3am it will count in the Live+SD numbers. So same day isn't exactly the same day, but they always measure this the same, so it's consistent. If you don't watch until 4am it will not count in the Live+SD numbers but it will count in the Live+7 (live usage plus 7 days worth of DVR usage).
When you look at the Ratings table on the article page, the Viewers (in millions) and Ratings/Share (Adults 18–49) numbers come from the Live+SD numbers. The DVR figures in the paragraphs above the table refer to Live+7 numbers. ZeroMercury (talk) 21:31, 25 November 2014 (UTC)
Thank you very much! Chrope (talk) 14:35, 27 November 2014 (UTC)