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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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(Stephen King on the set of CBS’ new summer series “Under the Dome”, which is based on his bestselling novel about a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome. Courtesy photo)
Monday on TV: "Under the Dome" continues, and Stephen King (politely) tells his fans to shut up

Not surprisingly, some fans of Stephen King's novel Under the Dome are complaining about the TV series, which continues tonight at 9 on CBS/Ch. 2. They're unhappy because it's different from the book.

King rather politely told the dissenters to shut up in a post on stephenking.com that included this:

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"If you loved the book when you first read it, it's still there for your perusal. But that doesn't mean the TV series is bad, because it's not. In fact, it's very good. ...

"Many of the changes wrought by Brian K. Vaughan and his team of writers have been of necessity, and I approved of them wholeheartedly. ...

"As for me, I'm enjoying the chance to watch that alternate reality play out; I still think there's no place like Dome.

"As for you, Constant Reader, feel free to take the original down from your bookshelf anytime you want. Nothing between the covers has changed a bit."

See? That was a rather polite way to tell people to shut up. And to realize that a TV series is different from a novel.


Elsewhere on TV ...

The Bachelorette (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Desiree and the guys travel to Barcelona, Spain

American Ninja Warrior (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A new season of this crazy hard competition begins.

Defiance (7 and 9 p.m., Syfy): Amanda's re-election campaign takes a big hit.

Major Crimes (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): A witness becomes a suspect in a murder.

Goodwin Games (7:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The siblings try to work out the answer to the final clue. (Series finale)

King & Maxwell (8 and 10 p.m., TNT): King, Maxwell and the FBI search for a kidnapped boy.

Mistresses (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Savi hides her pregnancy from her husband.

Siberia (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): This is a scripted drama about a reality show. Contestants and producers are dropped off in Siberia, where a huge asteroid struck in 1908. Very soon, one of them is killed - and things really get scary.

Switched at Birth (9 and 11 p.m., ABC Family): Regina starts a new job.

The Fosters (10 p.m., ABC Family): Brandon isn't happy about Wyatt dating Callie.

The Glades (10 p.m., A&E): A murder victim wasn't just a business executive, she was a roller derby girl.

Longmire (11 p.m., A&E): A psychic is murdered.

Teen Wolf (11 p.m., MTV): Scott and his friends take the fight to the Alphas.

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