BOLIVIA, NC (March 8, 2013) – Filming for “Under the Dome”, the CBS series based on the 2009 Stephen King novel, began on location in Southport on February 28. The series is about a small Maine town that suddenly finds itself cut off from the rest of the world by a large transparent dome. Stephen King, who is also the series executive producer, was in Southport February 28 and March 1 to oversee production.

CBS has green‐lighted 13 episodes of “Under the Dome” which will be filmed in Southport, Wilmington and Burgaw through July. The pilot is set to air on June 24 at 10 pm. The cast for the series includes Dean Norris, Mike Vogel, Aisha Hinds, Colin Ford, Rachelle Lefevre, and Britt Robertson among others. The series is produced by Amblin Entertainment.

Southport was also recently the location for the motion picture “Safe Haven” based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. The charm and beauty of the area, plays an integral part in the film starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. Other films shot in Southport include “Crimes of the Heart”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “A Walk to Remember”, and “The Secret Life of Bees”.

Southport is part of North Carolina’s Brunswick islands, located in the southernmost corner of North Carolina, stretching from south of Wilmington and the Cape Fear River to the South Carolina border. On the islands and the mainland are mouthwatering dining, museums and shops, abundant fishing and championship golf, and riveting maritime and military history. Accommodations, many pet‐friendly, range from an attractive campground to luxurious golf resorts. Charming motels, B&Bs and inns and plenty of comfortable, affordable vacation rental homes round out the options. To learn more about what to do and where to stay, including special vacation packages, please visit