At the CBS executive session this morning at the Television Critics Association (TCA) 2013 Summer Press Tour, CBS president and CEO Les Moonves — making his first appearance at TCA in many years as a fill-in for CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, who had to return home for a personal situation — announced that CBS has renewed its hit Under the Dome, with the 13-episode Season 2 airing next summer. Additionally, it was announced that author Stephen King, on whose novel the series is based, will be writing the Season 2 premiere episode.
Moonves was disappointed that Tassler could not make the announcement herself, as she had been key in developing the show, though in a press release about the announcement 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.”
Moonves talked about the success of Under the Dome, which he says had 13.7 million over-the-air viewers for the series premiere, and followed that up with over 20 million views through other means (not including its availability on Amazon).
Moonves even had an interesting take on Under the Dome when asked whether its sci-fi premise of folks being trapped under a dome could be sustained over the long run. Moonves compared the Under the Dome storytelling to more of a soap opera, “like a Dallas in the future.”
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