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'Under the Dome' season 3 in one word—with video!

Wow! Can you believe a year has already come and gone? We are officially counting down the days until Dome Day! Yep, Under the Dome premieres on CBS at 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 25! We get not just one, but two delicious hours to kick off season three!

This week, I had the honor of returning to the beautiful soundstages of EUE/Screen Gems studios in my hometown of Wilmington, NC—or, as I call it, Wilmywood. The cast members are totally stoked about this season. Rumor has it that it’s the best season yet. So how does one describe it? With one word, of course! But the question is: Can the cast do it?

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From 'Game of Thrones' to 'Gotham': Let's start embracing adaptations

We all have that book or graphic novel that holds a special place in our hearts—the one that knows exactly what emotions we’re feeling and what we’re going through, the one that understands us better than we understand ourselves, the one we would be hesitant to see made into a film or television series, the one that would need to be adapted so perfectly in order to encapsulate the magic of the original story.

Unfortunately, we live in an age of adaptions, of remakes, of sequels. Nothing’s new anymore. This year, we got four new comic book adaptions added to our TV screens: Gotham, The Flash, Constantine, and Agent Carter. That’s in addition to already running series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Walking Dead, not to mention the many series based on books, like Game of Thrones, Under the Dome, and The Strain.

With all of this adaptation going on, it’s high time that we make our peace with it. Here’s how:Read More

Wilmington, North Carolina goes to Comic-Con

The buzz has begun and the party has started. It’s time for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (SDCC). We have three productions representing Wilmington, North Carolina (or as we like to call it, “Wilmywood”): TV shows Sleepy Hollow and Under the Dome, as well as movie Max Steel.

If you’re like me and can’t attend, you’re probably jealous and living vicariously through friends who are flashing their badges on Instagram and soaking up the electricity in the air. But there are those of you who abhor big crowds and will probably read up on all the SDCC news from the safety of your own couches. Both camps: Let’s take a look at what’s happening at the Con and what inside scoop we’ll soon discover.Read More

'Under the Dome' season 2 in one word — VIDEO

Yesterday, I had the honor of attending the press junket for CBS’s Under the Dome at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina. A press junket is just a fancy term for a bunch of media coming together and interviewing all the cool cast members, producers and directors about a particular show or movie, usually right before a premiere. Representing Under the Dome yesterday were EP/director Jack Bender and cast members Dean Norris, Mike Vogel, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford and Mackenzie Lintz — as well as this season’s newest cast members, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox and Karla Crome.Read More

Eriq La Salle and that 'Under the Dome' 'very, very big event'

The chill has definitely left the air and in Wilmington (aka Wilmywood), it is hotter than ever. Not because of the 85-degree heat, but because of the stars flying in like a breeze in the night. With the Nicholas Sparks flick The Longest Ride, gearing up for the summer and two of our sophomore shows (Under the Dome and Sleepy Hollow) in full force, the celebrity power in North Carolina is exploding.Read More

Brett Cullen addresses 'Under the Dome' daddy issues

Last week, Under the Dome show reps answered one burning question (among others) about the series’ upcoming sophomore season: What is up with Barbie’s family? Well, Wilmywood fans, Barbie has a history — and a daddy. But this announcement creates another long list of questions — primarily, just who do you think you are, Don Barbara? Seriously. Who are you?

This is not a rhetorical question. Maybe we should just ask the man who plays him, Brett Cullen. The Texas-born actor has been insanely busy over the past few years, but has made his way back to Wilmington, North Carolina, to shoot Under the Dome season 2. I knew he couldn’t stay away.

“I shot a Matlock episode [in Wilmington] years ago and shot a TV movie called Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” he said. “My house in Under the Dome is the same house we shot some of Something Borrowed at. The first AC [assistant camera on Under the Dome] reminded me of that, since we had done that together.”

Cullen was also here last summer, filming the indie film River Guard, which will be released in the near future: “I love Wilmington and shooting in North Carolina. It is such a great location. Even though it has become quite a bustling city these days, it retains its beach-town feel — and being a surfer, I love that.”Read More

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.)Read More

'Upfront' and personal with Wilmywood TV

This week’s upfronts brought us some delicious surprises. We’ve waited patiently throughout this long winter for premiere dates and sneak peeks of newly minted television shows, and the networks did not disappoint. (I mean, with the exception of open-toed footwear, upfronts are the beacon of spring — in my mind, anyway.) Although the upfront parties raged in New York and Los Angeles (the main goal is to get advertising dollars, after all), let’s take a moment to reflect upon the TV magic that is happening here in Wilmington, North Carolina — or, as I like to call it, Wilmywood!

Sleepy Hollow

SH-PAS-R9-01_LY2The Fox upfronts were Monday, and their second annual Fox FanFront event exploded on Twitter (note to networks: if you want to create a social-media frenzy, invite your fans). What we learned: Sleepy Hollow has been renewed and is giving us five more episodes than last season, which I alluded to in April. Yep, 18 episodes of pure monster madness for season 2! Production began on May 5, and producer Ken Olin directed the premiere episode, titled “Hellfire.” Yes, I used past tense, as the Sleepyheads are currently working on episode 2×02, “The Kindred,” here in Wilmywood, featuring Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin. Our founding father has a recurring role.Read More

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be stuntmen

Under the Dome‘s Peter King performs Hollywood-size stunts in Wilmington, North Carolina


It’s not every day you get to hang out with a stunt performer (and by “hang out,” I mean blow up buildings, flip cars, the usual), unless you work in the industry. It’s definitely one of the coolest jobs in film. Everyone wants to talk to that guy or girl. You want to hear the stories and live vicariously through his or her adventures. Growing up, I admit I was a stunt junkie, always doing something dangerous. I’m surprised my mother is still alive to tell the tales of raising me. Yup, mothers of stuntmen and stuntwomen should definitely get an award for raising “our kind.”Read More

Wilmington, N.C.: Small city behind big TV shows

As the blogger behind The Wilmywood Daily, I meet new people in social media circles every day who have just discovered that Wilmington, N.C., has a large film industry presence. I mention Dawson’s Creek or One Tree Hill, and their virtual eyes light up. Then I drop the Sleepy Hollow or Under the Dome bomb, and it’s over. I get the OMGs and the AHHHHs. Finally I have to explain that Wilmington — or, as I like to call it, Wilmywood — has been a heavy hitter in the industry since Stephen King’s Firestarter in the mid-1980s. You can imagine that when I mention Iron Man 3, they just pass out. Yes, Marvel was here. This small town is home to some big productions. I guess that is why the stars love it. They can be themselves, let their hair down with the locals and not worry about the paparazzi harassing them. This is definitely not Los Angeles.

Just as L.A. gets its share of TV and movie fans who want to see where the magic happens, so does Wilmington. International tourists still flock to Wilmington because Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill were both filmed here. We’re talkin’ Australia, Japan, England — you name it — they all come. With our new shows entering their sophomore seasons, it’s happening all over again. Wilmington has been transformed into both Sleepy Hollow and Chester’s Mill (Under the Dome), so people are coming in droves to scout those locations or get a glimpse of The Conjuring. Yeah, that was filmed here too.Read More

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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