CBS has renewed its summer hit series “Under the Dome” for a second season, the network announced Monday at the Television Critics Association’s Press Tour in Los Angeles.
The “Dome” will return with 13 new episodes in summer 2014.
Stephen King, who wrote the best-selling novel the show is based on, will write the premiere episode of the second season.
“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,” said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.
When one reporter asked CBS CEO Les Moonves during the CBS Executive Session if there were too many limitations in making a limited run series and if they’re worried about viewer frustration (how long can they be under a dome?), Moonves had a simple Hollywood answer.
“Why can’t there be an ‘Under the Dome’ for a long period of time? This is television. It’s science fiction…” he laughed.
“‘Under the Dome’ is in a lot of ways a soap opera. It’s like ‘Dallas’ in the future,” he added.
“Under the Dome” airs Mondays at 10/9c on CBS.
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