Agree with the above assessments. I think everyone who has read the book was hoping it would be a more-or-less straight up adaptation. That would have been awesome
Instead, we've got this. Yes, it's dumb as a rock, but the CBS's strategy was brilliant - just look at the ratings. Even TWC's price war with CBS has barely registered on the Nielsen needle. This thing is a hit.
What I wonder is, is Steven King actually watching this? He worked on this book, off and on, for 30 years
. I would think that's the literary equivilent of watching the child you raised to be the best he can be, with every advantage you could convey, end up as a destitute, drug-addled disaster serving multiple life terms in a federal pen.