Under the Dome

CBS, Mondays, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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SCI-FI

In 2007's The Simpsons Movie, a large glass dome plops down on Springfield, leading to angry mobs and dead birds while a newscaster breathlessly speculates about life under the "Trappuccino" lid. Which is pretty close to what happens in this new series based on Stephen King's 2009 thriller, except that this is Stephen King, so the setting is small-town Maine and the fallout is satisfyingly gory. (In one arresting image, a cow is cleanly sliced in half lengthwise by the earthshaking impact of the massive dome.) Worshipping at the six-toed altar of the Lost gods, the show's creators sow a handful of small mysteries in the shadow of the biggie: Who—or what—dropped that thing? A robust ensemble cast gets the gears turning nicely, including Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre as a journalist who strikes up a friendship with a possibly dangerous Army vet (Mike Vogel). The pilot establishes an eerie claustrophobic dread, and well-budgeted special effects add intensity. But I do hope the writers don't string out the central question too long. I'd like answers with my Trappuccino, please.

Devious Maids

Lifetime, Sundays, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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DRAMA

Take a splash of Downton Abbey, a generous pour of Desperate Housewives and a twist of telenovela and the result is this girlie, playfully spiked summer cocktail. Instead of the wives, we meet the maids: the flirty one (Roselyn Sanchez); the spunky one (Dania Ramirez); the dutiful one (Scrubs' Judy Reyes) and the one with a Big Secret (Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz). Once again Housewives creator Marc Cherry hurls a bloody mystery against a sunny backdrop, and the familiar jaunty music—this time with a vaguely Latin beat—cues the black humor. "Who is going to clean all of this up?" one Beverly Hills diva wails of the crime scene where her maid is found murdered. A fun buzz.

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DANIEL SUNJATA

You play an undercover FBI agent. Did you have to train for the role?

We had gun training where police and law enforcement officers taught us how to clear rooms, wield our weapons—all that stuff you need for cop drama fare.

The show is set in Malibu. Are you a beach bum?

Before I booked the show, I was not the guy you would find longboard surfing off the coast! And surfing during filming did not go well for me, but that's okay—they made it look great.

Any fan reactions, now that you're the star of a show?

People actually recognize me from other stuff. I was on Rescue Me, and oddly enough I get stopped most for Sex and the City. I only did one episode [playing a sailor]. But I'm grateful. It helped my career!