WILMINGTON, N.C. • For the majority of his career, Stephen King would wrap a day’s work in his favourite chair, nose deep in a novel. These days however, the author of such canonical novels as Carrie and The Shining says he prefers whittling the frail hours of the evening in front of a television. “I have as much a tendency to binge-watch as anybody else,” he recently boasted. “I just finished Orange Is the New Black. I was just bowled over; it takes TV to a different level.”
King was sitting in a screening room on the North Carolina set of his own television series, Under the Dome, for which he penned not only the source novel about a mysterious, conscious encapsulation engulfing a small New England town, but also the premiere episode of the second season.