'Under the Dome' scores in the ratings despite less-than-stellar acting
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Dean Norris plays Councilman Big Jim Rennie. 10 tonight,
Things are starting to get really dire "Under the Dome." The small-town folks who've been trapped, since June 24, under a mysterious bubble in Chester's Mill desperately need not only answers, but food, water, medicines — and a good acting coach.
While unquestionably a ratings success, CBS' 13-part miniseries, which airs its fifth episode at 10 tonight, is the worst-acted television hit to come along in years.
Not that this has been much of a deterrent, mind you. Last Monday, "Under the Dome," based on Stephen King's best-selling same-named novel and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, was the night's No. 1 broadcast in viewers, adults 25 to 54 and adults 18 to 49.
I'll admit it, "Dome" has ensnared me, too. This ridiculously fun summer miniseries — with a premise similar to that of "The Simpsons Movie" — has pulled me into its claustrophobic force field.
But it's hard to overlook that acting.
In the space of a few days last week, several people complained to me about the lackluster performances in the miniseries. As my adult son put it, some of them are "subpar."
When I asked Chris to elaborate, he did so in an email, writing: "I found the writing and the premise intriguing. However, I found some of the performances to be stiff (like the female police officer) and hammy (the obsessive teenager), and that kind of took me out of it."