Under The Dome
CBS isn’t exactly known for its edgy programming. The network is mainly comprised of crime procedurals which keep the network number one in ratings and sell well in syndication.
As a result, viewers know what they’re going to get when they tune in to a CBS drama. Typically, some horrible crime will be committed, an investigative force will do everything to solve it, the bad guys fall and the good guys win — all in 44 minutes.
Spoofs galore exist about the CSI and/or NCIS franchises, and their repetitive (and sometimes cheesy) content, but the fact remains millions of people keep tuning in. CBS is laughing all the way to the bank.
However, CBS may no longer be content existing as just popular TV. Perhaps they are looking for the critical prestige heaped on other networks and cable stations? READ MORE
If it's summertime and there's a smash hit serial on the tube, you can place your odds Dale Raoul is a member of the cast. I recently caught up with the True Blood scene stealer, who this summer added the CBS ratings juggernaut Under the Dome to her impressive list of credits.
What exactly is in store for Andrea Grinnell, the suspicious, hoarding, Chester's Mill eccentric, Raoul plays in the adaptation of Stephen King's best seller? How have Raoul and her fellow Dome dwellers reacted to the serial's impressive viewership? She answers those questions and more.
Of course we couldn't end our chat without talking about her True Blood alter ego, Maxine Fortenberry. Will the vampire-hating harpy make an appearance before this explosive season of the HBO supernatural sudser wraps? Keep reading to find out!
Daytime Confidential: You have a knack for being cast in blockbuster summer TV hits. First HBO's True Blood and now the CBS adaptation of Stephen King's Under The Dome. What's your secret?
Dale Raoul: Wow, I wish I had a secret! I think it is really mostly luck and being well prepared when I went in for the auditions. I feel so lucky to be in two hit shows, especially at this time of my life when there isn’t really as much work for character women. I am very proud to be representing older women, although my characters on both shows are exceptionally weird! READ MORE
With a new, serialized drama based on one of his books set to debut on CBS soon, Horror meister Stephen King is throwing shade at one of television's most popular programs! When asked by Parade what TV shows he enjoys, the Under The Dome author responded:
“Justified, Bates Motel, The Walking Dead. The best show of the year is The Americans. I don’t watch Mad Men. I think it’s basically soap opera, and if I want soap opera, I watch Revenge. That show is crazy, but they have great clothes.”