'Under the Dome' Miniseries Returning in June on CBS for Season 2

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 06:39 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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"Under the Dome," a CBS miniseries originally slated for just one season, will return this summer for a second season. "Extant," a new summer miniseries, will join the lineup. Stephen King is an executive producer for both shows.

CBS decided to bring back “Under the Dome” after it topped popularity charts during summer viewing. It will premiere June 30, the Los Angeles Times said. The show is based on a King novel, but the script varies considerably from the book plot, which has drawn some criticism. King himself is writing the first episode of the second season.

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Halle Berry stars in the new “Extant,” which will premiere July 2, and like last year’s popular hit “Under the Dome,” has a science fiction element to it. Berry plays an astronaut who returns to Earth after a year in space, but something is wrong that will “change the course of human history,” the network has said.

CBS ordered 13 episodes of “Extant.”

The New York Daily News said the shows fall into CBS’ focus on creating more high-profile success stories like “Under the Dome.”

“This is what we’re focusing on,” CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told TV writers Wednesday, the Daily News said. “We’re going for the bigger headline.”

Tassler also spoke about other popular CBS shows like “The Mentalist” and “The Good Wife.” She talked positively about production decisions to kill off major characters in “Person of Interest” and “The Mentalist” mid-season, the Daily News said, something that wouldn’t have happened in the past.

“Under the Dome” fans can look forward to some changes in the first episode, with two characters being “eliminated” and some new ones showing up, the Daily News said.

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