'Under the Dome' renewed for second season
July 29, 2013By Jenny Callison
The struggles of Chester’s Mill residents, trapped inside and outside an invisible dome, will play out their destinies in the summer of 2014 for 13 new episodes.
CBS Entertainment announced Monday that “Under the Dome,” currently TV’s highest-rated new summer show, has been renewed and that Stephen King, whose best-selling novel was the basis for the show’s first season, will write the second season’s first episode.
CBS did not say whether the second season would be shot in southeastern North Carolina, which has provided the backdrop for this summer’s pilot series. Local filming began in February.
“We’re excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester's Mill, and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season,” CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said in the company’s news release.
The show, which premiered June 24, was a hit with the public, attracting an average of 13.8 million viewers, including viewers in key demographics, according to the release. It drew 3.5 out of 10 adults aged 18-49, and 4.8 out of 12 adults in the 25-54 age category.
CBS officials said that “Under the Dome” also did well with audiences using alternative viewing methods – DVR playback, video-on-demand, online streaming and Amazon's Prime Instant Video. According to the release, Amazon reported that since the show’s launch, “Under the Dome” has been watched by more customers than any other series on the service.
Following the storyline of King’s “Under the Dome” novel, the summer replacement TV series tells the story of a small town in New England that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants trapped inside must attempt to survive post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away.
The show is produced by CBS Television Studios in association Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.