CBS Lands Things They Left Behind Pilot, Based on Stephen King Story

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CBS is once again adapting a Stephen King work for the small screen.

Following the success of summer series Under the Dome, the network has nabbed The Things They Left Behind, a supernatural procedural based on King’s 2003 short story, for a put pilot commitment*.

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Per our sister site Deadline, Arrow EP Greg Berlanti and Seth Grahame-Smith (The Hard Times of RJ Berger) will shepherd the post-9/11 drama, which centers on “an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead.” Grahame-Smith will also pen the script.

Berlanti will just have to make some room on his very full plate. In addition to his gigs on Arrow and The Flash, the EP has reportedly been tapped for a new series based on Supergirl.

(*A put pilot is a deal wherein a network will owe a studio a significant monetary penalty if it does not air the pilot — and all but guarantees the pilot will be picked up.)

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  1. Ray says:

    If Under The Dome serves as the rubric for judging, this endeavor should be equally horrible.

  2. Steven says:

    This premise at least sounds more sustainable than Under the Dome which is cratering in on itself creatively.

  3. Moment says:

    Stephen King Mondays, coming to you Summer 2015 :)

  4. Bobklause says:

    Wow. Berlanti is unstoppable.

  5. Mary Ann says:

    Hopefully they intend to finish Under the Dome and replace it with this. As much as I have enjoyed UtD, I don’t see anywhere else for it to go.

    • Moment says:

      When you consider they filmed Season 2 with a view to a third. And the ratings being okay for a Summer CBS series, it will come back for a third season.

    • Cory says:

      They claim to have a “five season plan” for the show, which based on the last handful of episodes I take to mean “we have some really great ideas for tentpoles and will have to figure out a way to drag out everything in between” so I really REALLY hope CBS will announce a third and final season, and announce it as the final season immediately so that they can use all the rest of their ideas next summer. Even if the writing still suffers it would be better plotwise, at least. *shrug*

  6. Amanda says:

    This does sound really interesting. I agree with another commenter that this could get paired up with “Under the Dome” next season. It would shock me if “UTD” doesn’t get renewed. The ratings aren’t that bad, especially once you add in the DVR ratings and the fact it’s a summer show. I do think season 3 should be it’s last, but it could be a nice lauching pad for this show if they air back to back.

    • Moment says:

      Not to mention the 1.4 matches what Elementary pulled for its Season 2 finale, that show had a good lead in, Under the Dome has nothing and still pulled a 1.4-1.5 weekly this season 7 times.

  7. Maryann says:

    I have really enjoyed Under The Dome, and it is one of my favorite summer shows. I would love it if it could last five or more seasons, but after this past Sunday’s events, it’s hard to see how it could last more than one more season.

  8. Anyone know what author King plagiarized when he wrote this? Under the Dome is stolen from Michael Grant.