Under The Dome Renewed For Season 2

Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre and Dean Norris attend the 'Under the Dome' press line during Comic-Con International 2013 on July 20, 2013 in San Diego Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre and Dean Norris attend the 'Under the Dome' press line during Comic-Con International 2013 on July 20, 2013 in San Diego

“Under the Dome” will be back next summer.

The show was picked up for a second season, CBS announced on Monday during the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills.

The next season will have 13 episodes and Stephen King, who penned the book the hit show is based on, will write the Season 2 premiere.

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“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,” CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said in a statement.

Recently, CBS announced that with DVR playback, video on demand and online streaming, the premiere episode of the series, which aired a few weeks ago on CBS, jumped from 13.53 million viewers to just under 20 million viewers.

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“We couldn’t be happier,” Dean Norris, who plays Big Jim (and also co-stars on AMC’s “Breaking Bad”), previously told Access Hollywood. “When you work and do something, it’s great to have people respond to it and watch it.

“Being on a big network like CBS… it’s amazing how many more people get to see that than a show like ‘Breaking Bad,’ even though ‘Breaking Bad’ is so well known,” Dean added. “It’s like, ‘Wow!’ The numbers just blow you away.”

Numbers aside, the cast said to prepare for some big storylines on the series.

“We’re gonna learn a lot about the mystery of the dome at the end of the show,” Dean said. “You see the dome start to take on a character that’s much larger than has been shown so far. It’s really cool ‘cause that’s really the cool, creepy, sci-fi part of it — when this dome is actual sentient being and it’s got its own thing.”

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“Under the Dome” airs Monday nights at 10/9c on CBS.

-- Jolie Lash

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