The television adaptation of Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” has been renewed for a second season of 13 episodes set to return in Summer 2014. The show was a hit among viewers and key demographics and became one of the highest rated summer shows.
King will also write the premiere episode of the second season. The series was based on the novel of the same name. It tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.
“Under the Dome” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association Amblin Television. Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Jack Bender and Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the television adaptation, are executive producers.
“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.
“Under the Dome” was a critical and ratings success. It averaged 13.84 million viewers, 3.5/10 in adults 18-49 and 4.8/12 in adults 25-54. It also had significant additional viewing on DVR playback, video-on-demand and online streaming – including Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, which provides exclusive online subscription streaming four days after the broadcast on CBS. Amazon says that since the show’s launch, “Under the Dome” has been watched by more customers than any other series on the service.