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What to Watch on Monday: Stephen King's 'Under the Dome' drops on CBS

The Goodwin Games (8:30pm, Fox) - Chloe reconnects with a childhood friend who's been in love with her since her school days, while Jimmy sets out to revive his failed country music career.

Major Crimes (9pm, TNT) - A nosy TV writer-producer rides with Sanchez and Tao to get the inside scoop on the LAPD, but the assignment takes a chaotic turn.

Under the Dome (10pm, CBS) - A new 13-episode drama based on the eponymous bestselling novel by Stephen King about a small New England town that is suddenly sealed off from the world by an enormous transparent dome. "Under the Dome" is filmed in the Wilmington area and stars Charlotte native Britt Robertson (right) and Dean Norris of "Breaking Bad." Read Thad's review of "Under the Dome."

Longmire (10pm, A&E) - A teenage girl is found dead, prompting an investigation into the illegal sale of prescription drugs. Meanwhile, Henry reconnects with an old flame, and Cady comes back home.

Teen Wolf (10pm, MTV) - Scott tries to prevent a deadly confrontation, and Stiles defends the werewolves.

King & Maxwell (10pm, TNT) - Carter is suspended for assaulting an officer, triggering an investigation by Sean and Michelle. Before long, the duo comb through a bizarre mix of clues involving Carter's most recent case.

Mistresses (10pm, ABC) - Savi discovers she's pregnant and Joss becomes friends with a client. Also, April must deal with a woman who claims to have a child fathered by April's late husband.

'Under the Dome' is a fun summer thrill ride

First things first: Don’t expect to see recognizable shots of the Wilmington waterfront or other parts of southeastern North Carolina when the summer series “Under the Dome” premieres Monday night.

Though it films here and even had a special red-carpet viewing recently at Wilmington’s Thalian Hall, “Dome” is clearly set in Chester’s Mill, Maine.

That’s Stephen King country, of course, and the horror writer’s fingerprints are all over this entertaining thrill ride.

New extended trailer for "Under the Dome" (VIDEO)

Here's a new extended trailer for "Under the Dome," the new CBS series based on a bestselling Stephen King novel set to debut June 24. The story is of a small New England town suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field that settles over the town. Producers have said that the series will deviate from King's original work, so don't skip it just because you've read the book. The trailer looks pretty action-packed.

"Under the Dome" was filmed in Wilmington and will air as a 13-episode series. One of the stars is Britt Robertson, a Charlotte native who has appeared in several movies and has starred in two CW series: "Life Unexpected" and "The Secret Circle."

THE NEW FALL SEASON: "The Secret Circle"

NC-born Kevin Williamson executive produces "The Secret Circle" (9 tonight, the CW), about an orphaned girl (Britt Robertson) who moves in with her grandmother (to a town where everybody is remarkable good looking) and learns from other teens in town that she's a witch.

If she combines powers with them, the group may discover what happened to their parents 16 years earlier -- many of whom have died. It's a fun companion to "The Vampire Diaries," although, at least in the first ep, not as flat-out scary or gruesome.

But of course, witches can kill you in more ways than vampires can, so let the body count begin.
 

Charlotte native gets Kevin Williamson show for fall

Britt Robertson, the young Charlotte native who starred in the CW's "Life Unexpected," has been tapped to star in a new show slated to air on the same network this fall.

Robertson will star in "The Secret Circle," a drama based on a three-book series from "The Vampire Diaries" author L.J. Smith. Robertson will play a young woman who moves to a new town and discovers she's not only a witch but also the key to unlocking a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil.

Sound familiar? Yeah, it sounds an awful lot like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Which we love! So yes!

"The Secret Circle" is being co-written and exec-produced by another North Carolina native, Kevin Williamson of 'Scream" fame, who currently has a CW hit with "The Vampire Diaries." The Hollywood Reporter says Liz Freidlander will direct the pilot.

"Life Unexpected" ran for two seasons on The CW. 

CW renews "Life Unexpected" and "One Tree Hill"

The CW has renewed One Tree Hill and their new (quite good) drama Life Unexpected.

Life Unexpected is about a teenager named Lux who escapes foster care and ends up making a family with her unmarried parents, who gave her up when they were teenagers themselves.

The renewal is great news for Britt Robertson, originally from Charlotte, who stars as Lux.

Update: In a giant no-brainer, CW canceled Melrose Place.

"Life Unexpected" promises surprises in tonight's finale

The CW is advertising big surprises in tonight's season finale of their freshman hit, "Life Unexpected."

We know Cate and Ryan are supposed to be getting married, but that Cate and Baze have unresolved feelings for each other. Will the wedding go on? Adding intrigue, the CW synopsis says Lux (Charlotte's Britt Robertson) is going to reveal something that "could change all their lives forever." And there are pictures of Lux with Cate and Baze in a courtroom (left), and it looks as though Lux is wearing a black jacket over the bridesmaid dress shown in the wedding shots. Does Lux stop Cate's wedding to Ryan and drag her parents to the Justice of the Peace so that they can get married instead? 

"Life Unexpected" an unexpected gem

"Life Unexpected," which debuts tonight on The CW, is way better than most CW fare of late. In fact -- and this is the ultimate compliment -- it's a little reminiscent of "Gilmore Girls" (but darker and without the distractingly wacky townfolk).

It's about a fifteen-year-old girl in Portland, Oregon, the product of a high school one night stand who has been cruelly bounced around the foster care system her entire life.

Lux (played by Brittany Robertson, who is from Charlotte) is about to turn 16 and wants to be emancipated from the system, so she finds her real father to ask him to officially sign away his rights. 

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