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CBS Renews 'Under the Dome,' Stephen King to Write Episode

 

Under the Dome

 

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 Domepopular 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?' 



Details
Show:
- Under the Dome
Person:
- Stephen King
Network:
- CBS

Written by: bad_subject
Jul 29th, 2013, 2:12 am

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Anonymous

Message Posted On Nov 11th, 2013, 8:03 am
Didn't like the ending what happened to barbi
musiclady

Message Posted On Oct 1st, 2013, 10:09 am
well that was supposed to be "musiclady"-TYPO!
musiclayd

Message Posted On Oct 1st, 2013, 10:08 am
Oh, noes! We have to wait until 2014?!! Well I read the book and this series is decidedly different but am really enjoying it.
oldskool
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Message Posted On Sep 21st, 2013, 9:01 am

The show hasn't disappointed me so far, but I wonder if they can keep it interesting for another 13 episodes. I'm excited to hear that King will write the pilot of season 2 though, that ought to guarantee a good start.

Signify

Message Posted On Sep 17th, 2013, 8:23 am
WTF! Are they turning what was supposed to be a very long mini series into a new "Lost"? Let me know when the last episode is and I will watch that. Utterly disappointed!
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Message Posted On Jul 30th, 2013, 5:53 am

I'm torn on this. I've enjoyed the show so far, but I don't get how they can viably stretch the story out for 13 more episodes. Logically, supplies have to run out soon. The town can't survive without food, water, medicine, etc. for very long. There is a reason the King novel takes place over a very short period of time.

sfver

Message Posted On Jul 30th, 2013, 4:11 am
I agree with 'It's Me', it's terrible news. I really found the pilot quite enjoyable, and subsequent episodes have been (almost) quite as good. That said, dragging things out will just turn it into the old tropes of conspiracy, unexplained phenomena, and avatars for useless messages. Which, I fear, will ultimately become irritating and annoying. As, in order to pad the series, the writers will just drag things out, but end up explaining nothing at all!
It's Me

Message Posted On Jul 29th, 2013, 5:05 pm
Terrible news. Although I watch and enjoy the show, it should be 13 episodes and done.
matt4848

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Message Posted On Jul 29th, 2013, 11:35 am

I think Domers is the general term going around. Just afraid this show will run out of storyline... how long can they tell a story about those trapped in a dome?

DreJayAre

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Message Posted On Jul 29th, 2013, 11:21 am
I was supposed to be a mini-series. I hoped it would be. Stretching things out always make it worse IMO.
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