The pilot spends very little time establishing whatever passes for normality in the seemingly idyllic town of Chesters Mill, Pa., before slamming a big ol' invisible, impenetrable lid on it. Like ants trapped under a jar, the various residents and a few interesting outsiders bang against the glass a few times before accepting the event with remarkable calm, although the stage is clearly set for a "Lord of the Flies" scenario -- "Revolution" in a teacup.
No one believes more thoroughly in Monsters and Heroes than King, and even those who have not read the book can assume an other-worldly aspect to the dome; as one character observes early on, it can't be government-issued because, you know, "it works." Adaptations of the novelist's work have been very hit and miss, and the television landscape is now littered with the sort of stories King made popular. But now that the NBA finals are over, it's the next Big Summer Event, so you don't want to miss it. CBS, Mondays, 10 p.m.
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It's hard to believe that no one thought of a reality show with a "Ten Little Indians" murder-mystery conceit before, but here it is now on
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Meanwhile make sure you're still watching:
"Family Tree," the new HBO comedy from
"Borgen." OK, it's in Danish, with subtitles, which means you can't be texting or folding laundry while you watch because you might miss something. But it is so good, it's worth an hour spent rediscovering the pleasure of simply watching something. And if you've missed the beginning, you can catch it on the KCET website. KCET, Fridays, 10 p.m.