Great news for 'Under the Dome' fans! (Wait--do we have a name for fans of the show yet? Domers, perhaps?) CBS has officially renewed the sci-fi drama series for a second season in 2014.
CBS kicked off their presentation at the Television Critics Association conference this morning by making the big announcement that the popular show, based on the novel of same name by Stephen King, will return. Not only that, but the famed scribe will actually write the opening episode of the second season.
Stephen King has already been serving as an Executive Producer on 'Under the Dome,' along with Brian K. Vaughn ('LOST'), but for this next season the writer will actually pen an episode. King has several television writing credits on his resume, but they are mostly due to television series adapting his popular novels and short stories. When it comes to writing material for the screen, King has largely stuck to feature films. All of this is to say, King's involvement in writing for the second season of 'Under the Dome' is no small matter.
Leslie Moonves, Corporate CEO of CBS, had high praise for the series when he announced the renewal this morning: "this is the way television should be," Moonves touted. 'Under the Dome' debuted a strong new marketing and production model never before attempted by CBS: due to strong international sales and an exclusive deal with Amazon (who airs each episode four days after they debut on CBS), the network has been able to cut costs and make it far more feasible to continue production on high-profile series like this one.
After a big premiere, which soared to a 4.6 rating in 18-49 and 17.8 million total viewers in Live+7, 'Under the Dome' has been a steady performer--thanks to all of you Domers out there! C'mon, let's make Domers a thing.
Are you excited to hear that King himself will be writing an episode of 'Under the Dome?'