Most of Chester’s Mill escapes the dome! The dome is destroyed! And Big Jim is dead! Under the Dome couldn’t have rung in the new season on a more upbeat note.
It’s a shame, then, that all of those events are utter lies, and everyone is still stuck under the dome despite an obviously fake tease of a more peaceful life.
We could tell you that Under the Dome’s dramatic third season (premiering on CBS on Thursday night) will involve an important guest turn from CSI alum Marg Helgenberger as an enigmatic queen-bee leader, or that the townspeople will finally get a chance to spend more time (gasp!) outside the dome.
But Dean Norris would like you to know something first: answers are coming.
Eriq La Salle has joined the cast of Under the Dome for its third season, EW has learned.
The ER alum, who previously directed a season 2 episode, will play Hektor Martin, a ruthless CEO of the energy company run by Barbie’s father. La Salle will also direct the ninth episode of the coming season.
Best known as Dr. Peter Benton, La Salle’s recent credits include CSI: Cyber, Night Shift and Madam Secretary.
Under the Dome returns for its third season on Thursday, June 25 with a two-hour premiere.
CBS announced its full slate of programming summer on Thursday, including the Thursday, July 2 at 10 p.m. start of the Stephen King novel-turned-TV series Under the Dome. Joining the Domers is Emmy Award winner Marg Helgenberger, who will guest star in an extended story arc, starting with the premiere.
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CBS is sticking with its sci-fi series. The network has renewed Under the Dome and Extant, EW has learned. Additionally, freshman drama Reckless has been canceled. There’s no decision yet on the fate of Unforgettable.
Act, Dean, act. That phrase was repeated several times in my notes for tonight’s episode. Honestly, it’s the best description of Under the Dome’s season finale, which was carried, for the most part, by Dean Norris’ performance. As has been said in these recaps multiple times this season, Norris really commits to whatever he’s given and acts the hell out of it. But alas, one strong performance does not a good episode make.
Guys, the Dome is contracting. And if you forgot the Dome was shrinking, the writers made sure that almost every character in the first eight minutes of the episode reminded you. However, that’s only a tiny quibble in the grand scheme of things because it’s not everyday that the crisis of the week feels as if it has something to do with the larger story. Luckily for the people of Chester’s Mill, they are no longer at risk of freezing to death as the temperature has started to rise.
I sound like a broken record, but here goes: “Black Ice” felt like a major waste of an episode. Under the Dome’s crises of the week never pay off because they are such low stakes—we know the crisis will be resolved by episode’s end and will have few lasting consequence (save the death of a random townsperson). And “Black Ice” didn’t pay off and suffered from little forward plot movement.
One thing’s clear: Zenith, a town that isn’t under a dome, is far more interesting than Chester’s Mill, a town that is stuck under the Dome. Maybe we were spoiled by last week’s Peter Weller-directed episode. Maybe watching Under the Dome isn’t as fun to watch on a vacation day instead of a work day. Maybe a show about a town under a dome shouldn’t be stretched beyond 10 episodes. Whatever the cause, “The Fall” just wasn’t as interesting as last week’s episode.
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