The Stand: Everything You Need To Know About The New CBS All Access Series

Whoopi Goldberg as mystical leader Mother Abagail

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In CBS All Access' limited series The Stand, the Stephen King epic gets an eerily timely update.

By Nate Millado

Benjamin Cavell was just 11 years old when he first read The Stand, Stephen King's magnum opus of good versus evil in a post-apocalyptic world. "It was so immersive and transporting; I remember just being kind of sad when it was all over," says the veteran writer and producer (Justified, SEAL Team) upon reaching the end of the weighty tome. Luckily, this is just the beginning of the end. Executive producers Cavell and Taylor Elmore reimagined The Stand as a nine-episode limited series for CBS All Access—with an entirely new coda, written by King himself. "He wanted a more satisfying climax for Frannie [Odessa Young]," Cavell explains. "I think it's quite beautiful."

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