January 22, 2013 6:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'CSI: NY's' Natalie Martinez Joins CBS' 'Under the Dome'
CBS' Under the Dome has added two cast members to its ranks.
Based on the 2009 Stephen King novel, the series follows residents in the community as they deal with the postapocalyptic conditions while searching for answers as to what the barrier is, where it came from and when -- and if -- it will go away. Joe is described as being a smart kid who is freaked out when he discovers that both of his parents are on the other side of the dome.
CSI: New York's Natalie Martinez has been tapped to play Deputy Linda, a young, ambitious deputy who's isfiercely loyal to Sheriff Duke Perkins, who runs a tight ship in the town of Chester's Mill.
Meanwhile, newcomer Alex Koch has been tapped to play Junior Rennie, the son of the local politician and car dealer who is a smart and deeply disturbed college freshman who is desperately in love with local girl Angie, a waitress desperate to get out of Chester's Mill.
The duo join Jake and the Never Land Pirates' Colin Ford in the drama series set for the summer.
CBS Television Studios will produce the drama, which was picked up straight to series, in association with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. Neal Baer (A Gifted Man, Law & Order: SVU), King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider and comic scribe Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Lost) -- who penned the Under the Dome television adaptation -- will serve as executive producers. Director Niels Arden Oplev (Unforgettable, Sweden's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will direct the first episode.
Martinez is repped by WME, Mosaic and Hansen Jacobson.