Both Rachelle Lefevre and Mike have a featured article in the new CBS Watch! Magazine, I just received my copy so I’ll be adding scans to the gallery when I can! In the meantime, you can read Mike’s interview down below.
On the season finale of last year’s Summer Hit “Under The Dome”, Mike Vogel had a noose around his neck — not so much a cliffhanger as a cliffhanging. Big Jim (Dean Norris), mayor of the town that gets trapped under a mysterious Dome in the hit-Stephen-King-book-turned-hit-show, had just sentenced Vogel’s character, Dale “Barbie” Barbara, to die for crimes he didn’t commit, and then the episode ended. Fortunately, he survived… For now.
“We just started filming Episode 3, so I don’t think it’ll be a secret that I didn’t exactly hang”, says Vogel, calling in from the set in Wilmington, NC. “Aside from some minor rope burn, Barbie finds a way to talk his way out of it”.
Barbie’s salvation — and therefore Vogel’s — was anything but a sure thing, because “Under The Dome” isn’t afraid of killing off its stars. Not one but two main characters bit the dust in the Season 2 premiere of a show that has transfixed almost 15 million viewers every week — big numbers for a summer run.
Vogel’s ex-Special Forces character is a large part of the show’s success. He’s an enigmatic antihero who puts out fires, puts up a fight with the bad guys and puts the moves on Rachelle Lefevre’s character, Julia. This season, Barbie will put reason aside and finally grapple with what the Dome is and who put it there — sort of like Vogel has had to do in real life with this genre. “In a way, Barbie and I are going on very parallel journeys”, says Vogel, “because I’m not a huge sci-fi fan… And I know I’ll catch flak from every sci-fi fan out there for saying that!”