TV's Bottom 10 of 2013 from The Fien Print
Which shows join 'Dads' and 'Dracula' in Dan Fienberg's Bottom 10
8. "Under the Dome" (CBS)
As a book, "Under the Dome" was justly hailed as a return to Old Stephen King form from Stephen King. The massive tome certainly had some clunkiness, but until its bizarre last third, it had the material to make for a fine TV miniseries or even series. And when news broke that Brian K. Vaughan was going to be part of the adapting team, folks got even more stoked. And then audiences got a look at the strangely flaccid CBS version of "Under the Dome" and there was head-scratching. Things that worked well in the book suddenly stumbled on-screen. New characters and storylines were introduced for the TV show and almost none of them worked. Good actors gave bad performances. Forgettable actors gave forgettable performances. Despite the stakes of the situation, "Under the Dome" moved with the urgency of a geriatric cruising through Walmart on a Rascal. And I'd have watched every darned episode, except that CBS and Time Warner Cable got into a carriage dispute in Los Angeles and blacked out CBS and Showtime for the last six weeks of the summer. So thank you, pair of multi-billion dollar corporations bickering over pocket change for unrepentantly screwing over your customer base this summer and sparing me the last few episodes of "Under the Dome."