Bad news for the people of Chester’s Mill: They’re not going to escape from Under the Dome any time soon. CBS has renewed the television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel for a second season, and announced that King himself will write the second season opener.
The news came at the start of CBS’ presentation at the Television Critics Association yesterday, where CBS CEO Les Moonves described the show as:
“the way television should be.”
Although only halfway through its first season, Under the Dome has proven to be a ratings champ, averaging just around 13.84 million viewers every week with more added to the tally once on-demand and DVR figures are taken into account. 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.”
Not bad for a show initially dismissed by Stephen King fans as not being faithful enough to the source material.
The second season is expected to start in the summer of 2014.