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CBS ‘Under the Dome’ Will Pay Homage to ‘The Simpsons’?

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The moment CBS announced it would take Stephen King’s 2009 thriller ‘Under the Dome‘ to series, certain fans rallied behind a cry of “Simpsons did it” given that the 2007 feature-length adaptation of America’s favorite animated family featured a similarly domed premise. Both domes proved mere coincidence, with a 2010 ‘Simpsons‘ episode even addressing the similarity, but how will CBS’ upcoming summer series pay homage to ‘The Simpsons’ in turn?

Acclaimed author Stephen King might have begun contemplating life ‘Under the Dome’ in 1976, though it wasn’t until 2009 that his novel adaptation arrived in stores, two years after ‘The Simpsons Movie’ coincidentally featured the town of Springfield encased under a conceptually similar dome. A 2010 episode saw Mr. Burns encasing the town within a dome once more, calling attention to both the previous film, and Stephen King’s actual novel in the process.

So how will CBS’ upcoming adaptation of ‘Under the Dome’ return the favor? “We do make a reference to The Simpsons Movie,” showrunner Neal Baer told Entertainment Weekly. “We have a ‘recharge party’ in episode 3 and the kids are watching it. We make a verbal reference [in the script].”

Written by ‘LOST’s’ Brian K. Vaughan and with original ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ helmer Niels Arden Oplev directing, ‘Under the Dome’ follows King’s book of the same name, focusing on a small New England town that finds itself inexplicably encased in a transparent dome with no hope of penetration. Inside, the residents of the town battle increasingly apocalyptic conditions as they struggle to understand what’s happened to them.

In addition to ‘Breaking Bad‘s’ Dean Norris and ‘Bates Motel‘ star Mike Vogel, the cast includes ‘Twilight‘ star Rachel Lefevre, Colin Ford (‘Supernatural‘), Natalie Martinez, Alex Koch, Britt Robertson, Nicholas Strong and Jolene Purdy.

Will you tune in for ‘The Simpsons’ reference when ‘Under the Dome’ premieres on CBS June 24? What do you hope to see from the new series, after checking out the trailer below?

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