05/24/2013 11:37 am ET Updated May 24, 2013

'Under The Dome' Creator Stephen King On Why He Prefers 'Revenge' To 'Mad Men' And His Favorite Shows


"Under the Dome" author Stephen King is gearing up for the launch of the CBS small screen-adaptation of his science fiction novel, which is set to premiere on Monday, June 24.

The "Under The Dome" TV series, which stars Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad"), Mike Vogel ("The Help"), Rachelle Lefevre ("Twilight"), Colin Ford ("Supernatural"), Jeff Fahey ("Lost"), Britt Robertson ("The Secret Circle") and more, follows the panic and chaos that grips the inhabitants of Chester's Mill after a giant, impenetrable dome inexplicably traps the town.

"People's eyes are going to bug out of their head when they see it," King said of the show's visual effects in an early "Under the Dome" trailer. "It's going to be riveting TV."

But the legendary horror and suspense writer is far from new to the medium of television: He's appeared in "The Shining" miniseries, "The Simpsons," "Kingdom Hospital" (which he also produced) and "Sons of Anarchy," while Syfy's "Haven" is based on King's novella, "The Colorado Kid."

The famed author also isn't shy about his own TV tastes, recently telling Parade that he enjoys "Justified," "Bates Motel," and "The Walking Dead." "The best show of the year is 'The Americans,'" King added. "I don’t watch 'Mad Men.' I think it’s basically soap opera, and if I want soap opera, I watch 'Revenge.' That show is crazy, but they have great clothes.”

Are you a "Mad Men" fan? A "Revenge" fan? Looking forward to "Under the Dome"? Sound off in the comments!

For more from Stephen King, head over to Parade and check out an exclusive excerpt of King's new book "Joyland" on HuffPost Books.

"Under the Dome" premieres on Monday, June 24 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. "Mad Men" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC and "Revenge" will return to ABC in the fall on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.

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