Neal Baer

The Crusading Wonk Behind SVU and Under the Dome

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The novel may be Stephen King’s, but Under the Dome is the perfect conceit for Neal Baer. If you caught Monday night’s pilot episode of the new buzzy show on CBS that Baer is showrunning and producing (alongside King and the other Steve, Spielberg) you saw an entire town closed off from the rest of civilization by a mysterious, impenetrable shield. No one can leave, no one can enter. It’s Baer’s dream come true.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to suggest that Baer is claustrophobic or that the Denver …

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