Under the Dome season 2 premieres June 30 on CBS. The network ordered 13 episodes of the series based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It was developed by Brian K. Vaughn and stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, and Britt Robertson. It tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester’s Mill in Maine, where a massive, transparent, indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of the world. With no Internet access, no mobile signals and limited radio communication, the people trapped inside must find their own ways to survive with diminishing resources and rising tensions. While military forces, the government and the media positioned outside of this surrounding barrier attempt to break it down, a small group of people inside attempt to figure out what the dome is, where it came from, and if it will ever go away.
It was first announced in November 2009 but it wasn’t until two years later that Brian Vaughn was hired to adapt the novel as a series for Showtime. They passed on it. CBS took it on and have Under the Dome a thirteen episode straight to series commitment bypassing a pilot. The show was renewed for a second season and is pulling out the big guns almost immediately. Stephen King was brought in to write the debut episode. Show runner Neal Baer has stated that he foresees the show going for five season with thirteen episodes for each season.
So far critical praise and the ratings have been very good for the series. It ranked #1 for the most part among adults 18 to 49 during its first year run and stayed consistent among all age groups.
The series is available for streaming on Amazon Instant Video devices four days after broadcast on CBS. The deal with Amazon helped CBS to mitigate the high production cost of nearly $3 million per episode