CBS announced today that it is renewing its hit summer series Under the Dome
for a second season in 2014. As if that wasn't great news enough, the network also announced that author Stephen King (who penned the original novel) will be writing the premiere episode of season 2.
In a statement from the network, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said, "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."
The network has plenty of reasons to renew Under the Dome
, considering how well it's been doing in the ratings this summer. CBS reports that the series has been averaging 13.84 million viewers. In addition to impressive live plus same day ratings on CBS, the show has reportedly also seen 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 has reason to celebrate the show's renewal as well. The site reports that, since the show's launch, Under the Dome
has been watched by more customers than any other series on their service.
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During their panel at San Diego's Comic-Con 2013, the creators of the series revealed that Stephen King originally meant to write a story about people trapped in a dome for years. After reaching a thousand pages and realizing he'd only told about a few days' worth of their struggles, King decided to stop there. But since the author had that many ideas, there is seemingly no end to the amount of stories that could be told about the people in Chester's Mill.
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The town is small, but so far we've only seen a handful of characters. It is conceivable that there are many more people in the town that could be introduced in the second, and hopefully subsequent, seasons. Also, if the series continues to run in a slow-time format, the people of Chester's Mill could go a long while without worrying about the type of shortages that would make the show difficult to continue - such as food, water and medicines.
What do you think about the news that Under the Dome
has been renewed for a second season?