Stephen King to pen first episode of "Under the Dome" season 2

The series, based on the novelist's book, has been renewed for a second season

By Prachi Gupta
Published July 29, 2013 4:30PM (EDT)

CBS's "Under the Dome," a sci-fi drama based on the eponymous Stephen King novel, has been renewed for a second season.

"Under the Dome" follows the inhabitants of a small town who must grapple with the realization that their town has been mysteriously trapped within a large dome.

More people tuned into the show's premiere than any summer debut on any network since NBC’s "The Singing Bee" in 2007, notes Entertainment Weekly. The season premiere's success might be repeated again next summer, as the novelist will pen the episode himself.

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

"Under the Dome" averages 13.8 million viewers a week. The second season will air summer 2014.

Prachi Gupta

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