Why does Stephen King allow this?

I can’t get over how much I hate Under the Dome on CBS. It’s in its second season right now, and there’s no reason to think it won’t get a third.

So many terrible, phoning-it-in performances.
Dean Norris is so ridiculous, they might as well give him a mustache to twirl.
A pretty girl literally fell out of the sky.

As many of you know, fanfic is a tricky issue for me. I loathe the idea that yahoos can take the work of a good author, and add a bunch of crazy crap to it just so people who like it can have “more.” Often, fanfic authors do this without the consent of the author or publisher–which is terrible IMHO. This show watches like terrible fanfic, written by people who don’t give a rat’s ass about the source material, or the man who wrote it.

But…Stephen King actually participates in the show. He wrote S2 E1, which wasn’t even very good. He’s apparently cool with his well-developed characters totally losing focus–I mean every week losing focus, not simply that they’re different from the book. I can’t understand it. I really can’t.

I review it every week. So far, it’s very rare for someone to actually defend the show. Can anyone defend this show? I honestly want to know how it’s possible to like it, especially if you’ve actually read the book.

Seriously, how?

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