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CBS unlocks hints for 'Under the Dome' season 2

On Monday, CBS hosted its Under the Dome Summer Press Day, and now I know why the network didn’t share all of this juicy intel at its upfront presentation last week. There is just way too much goodness, and it would have been totally lost in the shuffle of multi-show madness. Wilmington, North Carolina (aka Wilmywood), is proud that Under the Dome has chosen us to be Chester’s Mill, and there’s nothing better than being able to write about what’s in your own backyard. That said, here’s what we learned about the next season of Under the Dome.

Stephen King will do his classic “King thing”
This season will put us beyond the book, but don’t worry. As I reported a month ago, Stephen King penned the premiere episode and will continue his book-to-movie tradition of a cameo. He left us scratching our heads last season, looking for him frame by frame, but he’s definitely making an appearance in season 2. Look for him as a restaurant patron. (I’ll bet he’s a big tipper.)

A gentler Jim?
When we last saw Big Jim Rennie (Dean Norris), he had murder in his eyes as he stood next to our true hero, Dale “Barbie” Barbara (Mike Vogel), on the gallows, ready to hang him for an evil deed (that Big Jim actually did himself). But as executive producer Neal Baer explained on Monday, it looks like the Dome doesn’t like Big Jim’s evil ways. The Hollywood Reporter, well, reported that Baer dubbed season 2 one of “transformation” — and that will include Big Jim’s sparkling personality and soul. Rennie will have a “come-to-Dome” (as Dean Norris calls it) moment when he realizes, perhaps, that evil plots aren’t the best way to survive. But there cannot be light without darkness, so who will we love to hate this season?

The Dome has a magnetic personality
The premiere episode reveals that the Dome becomes magnetically charged, attracting all the town’s metal appliances, vehicles and tchotchkes to its curved, invisible walls. Hmm — that won’t do well for anything living. If you remember, months ago I reported that Baer said we will have two characters killed off by the end of the premiere episode. Place your bets. Who do you think will receive death by toaster?

Playing hokey pokey with the Dome
You put one person in; you take one person out. (Did you sing that, too?) Baer says someone’s bound to get in or out, like Hunter (Max Ehrich). In episode 3, we will discover that Internet messages can permeate the seal. Baer told the press on Monday that Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz) and Joe (Colin Ford) start to get messages from Hunter, and we will actually meet him in episode 8. Now, whether he gets in or Norrie and Joe get out is a mystery. Which leads to …

Papa Bear Barbara
Well, of course he has a dad. Barbie seems to be impregnated with so many secrets, it was just a matter of time before that egg cracked. Don Barbara, played by the extremely talented Brett Cullen, enters the picture midway through the season, again leaving us all questioning where the heck he is! Just when I thought I was out …

An ER reunion?
Yep, don’t forget that Baer was EP and writer of that 15-season show! Sherry Stringfield (Big Jim’s late wife, Pauline), who was also on the medical drama, is back for episode 10. Why not add another ER alum? Eriq La Salle will be here in Wilmington next week, and although he’s not acting, he’ll direct the upcoming episode. This is Eriq’s first time in Wilmington. If he’s not up for amazing food, beautiful beaches and the sweetest people in the world, he’s gonna have a really bad stay.

Now, what do you do with all this information? Sit and wait six more weeks until the premiere on June 30? Of course not, my Domies! That’s where I come in. I will keep you posted and hold your impatience at bay. As you know, I report daily on all things Dome while the show is in production. Just head over to The Wilmywood Daily.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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