‘Under the Dome’ Renewed for Season 2; Stephen King to Write First Episode

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 15th, 2013 at 3:49 pm,

underthedome title Under the Dome Renewed for Season 2; Stephen King to Write First Episode

After hitting the ratings jackpot with its adaptation of Stephen King’s weighty tome Under the Dome, CBS just announced that the summer series will be back for season 2 in 2014, and, as an added incentive for fans to tune in, the network has managed to strike a deal with King that would see the prolific author step in and script the season premiere.

Although only halfway through its first season, Under the Dome has proven to be a ratings winner; averaging around 13.84 million viewers every week with more added once on-demand and DVR figures wind up being tallied. In addition, the series has also become a huge hit for Amazon Prime Instant Video, which provides subscribers access to new episodes four days after they initially air. According to Amazon, the show “has been watched by more customers than any other series on the service.”

Naturally, the high ratings – especially for a summer series – and the positive response from the Amazon streaming outlet has CBS committed to stretching the series’ storyline for as long as the audience continues to check in on the trapped residents of Chester’s Mill. After the pilot episode nabbed incredibly high numbers, executive producer Brian K. Vaughan spoke about how the series would eventually have to move away from a direct adaptation of the novel, in order to accommodate the story requirements of what is now ostensibly and ongoing series.

Aside from wondering how the series’ narrative will progress as the episode count climbs, the question now becomes: With the announcement that the series will definitely continue into season 2, will viewers who are fans of the novel continue to stick around, knowing that the end may be years in the making and may not resemble the novel’s conclusion at all?

Mike Vogel in Under the Dome Under the Dome Renewed for Season 2; Stephen King to Write First Episode

Despite the daunting task of finding enough story to fill another season (or seasons) of Under the Dome within the claustrophobic confines of Chester’s Mill, and running the risk of alienating fans of the novel by transitioning to a more loose interpretation of the text, CBS remains confident that they have a winner on their hands and are willing to bet that nabbing King to script the season 2 premiere will translate to an endorsement of the series by its creator.

According to CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler:


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  1. Fine with me if there will be a season 2, for as long as there will a good and interesting storyline that will keep me wanting for more and hopefully exceeds season 1.

  2. The best mini series on TV (not the movie with Jack Nicholson) was The Shining done in 3 parts. That was perfect amount. But this 13 episodes and still not done! Help! I cannot watch this any further. Already read the book and was so much better and totally different.

  3. Well, I don’t mind having a season 2, have it in a month or 2, not next year!? Who’s going to remember all the events after a year? That’s pretty dumb. Kinda disappointed.

  4. I will not commit to season 2. If I’d known this was going to be extended until next year – which I JUST looked up now after watching the ridiculous ending – I seriously don’t have time to “commit” to TV. This was a guilty pleasure – like a trashy summer read. No hook here for me. BOOOOOOOOO

    • I agree. The ending was so ridiculous & unrewarding. I thought this was a one-off mini-series. I would not have invested my time otherwise. The only way I would watch Season 2 is if I absolutely knew it was one (maybe 2 hour) long show. Otherwise, they can just p*ss off!

  5. YAY SEASON 2!!!

  6. wonderful wonderful wonderful! I adore this show. It caught me at the start and never let go, there are some slow parts. Yes it’s different from the book but it still keeps the integrity of Mr. King’s novel. Honestly most books to film can’t even come close. So many of today’s t.v. series lack true depth and imagination. This does not. Long as it keeps true to what Mr. King and Mr. Spielberg have set out I’ll keep watching.

  7. I loved loved this show I enjoyed ever minute of it and can’t wait to see season 2:)

    • me too

  8. cant wate that long

  9. I loved, loved, loved the show! I sure hope Season 2 comes quick! I will admit, even if I have to wait a year I’d still watch it. As for following the books’ story line… Who cares!? As long as the show is good and keeps me interested I’m going to watch it. Can’t wait for Season 2!!

  10. I’m glad there will be a second season. But to comment on some “one liners” you can not expect to make a few seasons of a book, what you can do though is make it interesting so that people who have read the book will be “flabbergasted” and so far I am! Can’t wait for summer 2014.

    • I can’t wait for season 2.. I’m really mad that it had to be so long because ill forget everything.. But I wanna see it nowwwwwwww!!!

  11. Awesome. This show is truly amazing, and I plan on watching it as long as it airs. If it strays far from the novel, I really don’t care. If it keeps me interested, I will continue to watch it!

  12. I don’t know you, but me?
    I’m sick of seeing a few episodes of television series, and wait for the new season after a year, I stopped watching walking, dead true blood etc.
    And I’m sick of seeing that some of the delete.

  13. I cannot wait till season 2 comes back what a good movie ,Just love it

  14. oooppppsss “can’t wait til next year”

  15. I read the books, and I’m a huge Stephen king fan. Although it’s def straying some from the books, i think it’s a great adaption (everything can’t stay the same guys come on). I’ve really between loving the show, and was happily surprised it was a continuing series. I don’t like most movies that, have been made from Stephen king books, largely because i think they are too short, and too much gets cut out. That being said I’m excited they are taking their time with this, I’d rather it be longer than shorter!

  16. Awesome show! But season 2 needs to come a lot sooner! Next summer is way too far! Possibly, winter!

  17. is under the dome season 2 coming in the summer

  18. NO! NO! NO!
    I really loved the book and I´m enjoying the series as well, even though they are straying quiet a bit.
    BUT, their plan to stretch it as long as people keep watching will be the downfall of it.
    Just look at success series like HIMYM or Two & a half men(some more recent examples, though there are many more), once decent shows forced to stay well beyond their prime are now just utter failures.
    And one other thing: This show is based on a book. To alter the plot, just to be able to pull more money out of it, will cause a huge decrease in quality except done by king himself. Even then I have my doubts.

    Please, let them end it in the second season. With the original plot, or at least as much as still possible, intact to be a show that finally shows that quality still matters to some.

  19. Loved the show, but was very disappointed last night at the end if I had known in the beginning that this would be continued next year I would not have watched it.

    It is like watching a movie where there is no end big disappointment.

  20. I love this show, but I can’t wait that long!

  21. can anyone submit sfripts to Cbs if they wanted to write story lines for Under the Dome?

  22. I was really hooked on the first 6 or 8 shows. It started to drag but I watched anyway. I wanted to see that no good Big Jim get it in the end. When I watched the final and was duped like most, I was totally disgusted and have no plans in watching any more. I have a bad taste in my mouth towards CBS.

  23. Well… One can tell great story, from the beginning to the end, and then – move to another one. Like King always did – no sequels, prequels, Terminator 9 or Harry potter 12. Or – one can stick with moneymaking story, and squeeze it as far as possible. How many good tv shows, with closed story, are there? Which do not try to chain wiever to the TV for as long as possible, any means necessary?

  24. (dissapointed with the show, feeling even kinda deceived)

  25. Loved the show and I cant wait till SEaseason 2. Me and my family will be waiting

  26. Love the show! Can’t wait for season 2!!

  27. If I knew this was not going to end in one season I would never watch it. I will not be coming back next year

  28. is this going to be another lost???????