11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Under the Dome' Enlists Dwight Yoakam
CBS' Under the Dome is adding another rival for Dean Norris' Big Jim.
Grammy-winner Dwight Yoakam has boarded the summer drama from Neal Baer and Brian K. Vaughan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Yoakam will appear in multiple episodes of the series based on Stephen King's best-seller, playing barbershop owner Lyle Chumley. The character has a complicated history with Big Jim and was once romantically linked to his late wife, Pauline (ER's Sherry Stringfield). Lyle -- oddly like Pauline -- also has a mysterious connection to the Dome and very well may know the answer to its origins.
Yoakam has 12 Gold albums and has appeared in FX's Wilfred in addition to his long roster of feature credits, which include Panic Room and Slingblade. He's repped by Paradigm, ROAR and Jackoway Tyerman.
The series, which is poised to kill off two "favorites" when it returns on June 30 with its King-penned season-two premiere, has also added Stringfield, CSI: NY's Eddie Cahill as Big Jim's brother-in-law Sam; Misfits' Karla Crome as Rebecca, a teacher; newcomer Grace Victoria Cox as Melanie, a potential love interest for Joe (Colin Ford);