Two of CBS’ summertime dramas will be back for additional seasons. The Eye network announced on Thursday that it has picked up the Stephen King-inspired Under the Dome for a third season, while the Steven Spielberg-produced, Halle Berry-fronted Extant will be back for Season 2.
Dome was a bona fide hit when it first bowed in June 2013, drawing 13.5 million total viewers and a 3.3 demo rating. Season 2 premiered to a more modest 9.4 mil/2.1, while its finale drew 7.5 mil/1.8 (and an average grade of “C+” from TVLine readers).
With Live+7 DVR viewing factored in, Dome was the summer’s No. 1 scripted series, averaging 11 million viewers and a 2.7 rating.
Extant premiered this past June to 9.6 million viewers and a 1.6 rating, but by its Sept. 17 finale — and following some schedule-shuffling — had slipped to 5.4 mil/1.0. TVLine readers gave the season as a whole a grade of “C+.”
Helping offset the two series’ pricetags, CBS has a deal with Amazon Prime — for a reported $900,000-per-episode, for each show — to be the exclusive home to streamed episodes.
May 19, 2014
In CBS‘ first Summer Junket Day (“Summer is the new Fall”, said CBS Productions Television Studios president David Stapf to kick things off), Under The Dome EP Neal Baer talked about the second season re-boot for the Stephen King series which, Stapf reminded reporters, was the most watched new drama series of the wrapping TV season, besting NBC’s The Blacklist.
Though the second season will move past King’s book, storyline-wise, King is giving it his blessing by writing the first episode and making a cameo, Baer said. “So he’s certifying” it.
In a trailer for that first, King-written episode, The Dome becomes magnetic, sending all the town’s metal appliances, vehicles, etc. careening across the landscape. This doesn’t end well for at least one of the show’s characters.
“What I love about Stephen King’s way of seeing the world is that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. The barbeque is only the beginning. In that episode, things we trust become fearful,” Baer said.
“This is about ecological disaster pending — that magnetism has caused many things to happen,” Baer said. He hinted at “biblical problems of pestilence and bloody rain, because characters haven’t been the stewards they should be, of protecting the land and each other. What is the message The Dome is trying to teach us?”
This season of the series will include a digital-only character who is able to communicate with characters trapped in the dome, Baer said, which he explained was part of an effort to “reach out to particularly our young audience and embrace this ‘transmedia’.” “Maybe someone might possibly get out and someone might get in as well this year,” he added.
King has read every script for the second season, Baer said. “He has great ideas. I just love the fact that refrigerators and stoves become our enemies…[King]has this wonderment quality that is infectious.”
February 4, 2014
Eddie Cahill is returning to the CBS family, but he’ll have to go Under the Dome to do it. The former CSI: New York star has been cast in a series regular role as the “reclusive” EMT brother-in-law of Dean Norris’s Big Jim, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cahill’s character Sam will reportedly form a bond with Rachelle Lefevre’s Julia, and it’s worth noting that a recent installment of Ask Ausiello described him as “the crazy drunk who lives alone in the woods.”
Meanwhile, British actress Karla Crome (Hit & Miss, Misfits) will join Cahill as a Season 2 regular in the role of Rebecca, “a teacher in her 30s whom Big Jim beseeches to start back up the school, though not with the noblest of agendas.” Under the Dome‘s second season will premiere Monday, June 30 at 10/9c, and the opening hour will feature two major deaths.
I truly hope they keep Barbie alive because if not, I'm not sure that I will continue watching this!
January 15, 2014
There will not be a two-hour Steven Spielberg block on CBS next summer as the network scheduled returning Under The Dome and upcoming Extant, both produced by him, on different nights. Last summer’s breakout Under The Dome will return in its original Monday 10 PM slot beginning June 30.
Hot sci-fi/family drama Extant starring Halle Berry will debut three days later on July 3rd, and air in the Wednesday 9 PM time period. I have to say, really looking forward to this one, really curious how much sci-fi will this series be. We will have to wait for a while, six months or so.
September 18, 2013
Fox’s Sleepy Hollow roused TV viewers this Monday night, premiering to a total audience of 10.1 million while scoring a 3.5 demo rating (per finals).
Those tallies mark not only double what The Mob Doctor pulled a year ago (5 mil/1.5), but the demo delivery eclipses that of Fox’s past Monday launches The Following (10.4 mil/3.2), Alcatraz (10 mil/3.3) and Terra Nova (9.1 mil/3.1). UPDATE: Per Fox’s fast-tracked finals, this marks the network’s best fall debut in seven years, since Standoff (Sept. 2006).
Of course, now the question is how those numbers hold up once CBS’ Monday comedy block — featuring 2 Broke Girls and newbie Mom in the 9 o’clock hour — premieres next Monday. But if our reader poll’s “B+” grade is any sign, there will be returning viewers.
Over on CBS, Under the Dome’s freshman finale drew 11.8 mil and a 2.8 — surging 22 and 30 percent to net its largest audience since the series premiere and best rating since July 29. (That said, TVLine readers are giving the closer an average grade of “C-.”)
July 30, 2013
CBS has renewed it’s summertime hit Under the Dome for a 13-episode second season, to air in Summer 2014.
“We’re excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester’s Mill,” CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said in a statement Monday, “and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season.”
A small-screen adaptation of the Stephen King novel, Dome premiered to 13.5 million total viewers with a 3.3 demo rating, and and at last tally had amassed 20 million with a 4.6 rating, with DVR data and non-linear playback factored in. The 13-episode freshman drama’s most recent episode drew 11.4 mil and a 2.8 in Live+Same Day ratings.
July 10, 2013
Ratings: Under the Dome Dips Again
Under the Dome once again dome-inated the Monday ratings, even while sustaining a second week of declines. CBS’ summertime surprise drew 10.6 million total viewers while scoring a 2.7 demo rating — again besting its broadcast competitors combined, yet down 10 percent and two tenths week-to-week and now off some 20 percent from its boffo debut.
Is CBS already thinking about not renewing Under the Dome?! Knowing them they already do. Series like Elevent Hour from 2008 had very decent ratings but still was not enough to grant it a second season. We will have to wait and see.
July 2, 2013
CBS’ Under the Dome on Monday night drew 11.5 million total viewers and a 2.8 demo rating, down 15 percent from its week-ago debut. That said, it outdelivered its broadcast time slot rivals combined and dominated the night in both total audience and the 18-49 demo.
Among Under The Dome‘s 10 o’clock competition, NBC’s drama/reality hybrid (dramality?) Siberia opened with 3.2 mil and a 1.1, placing third behind ABC’s Mistresses (which ticked up 6 percent and a tenth to 3.8 mil/1.2).
So indeed still good numbers and it's perfectly normal that ratings drops 10-15% after the pilot so it looks like a bright future for this new CBS' series.
June 27, 2013
Release date [US/Canada] November 5, 2013
Just the other day, on Monday, the CBS network debuted the first episode of Steven Spielberg's new show, based on the Stephen King story. Now Amazon.com has ALREADY
begun taking pre-orders for home video releases ofUnder the Domeon both DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc. There is also a Limited Collector's
Edition version on Blu-ray shown, in special dome-shaped packaging and mentioning "exclusive content" as well. These listings are prior to the official studio announcement for the
title, though, so instead of a street date Amazon only says "This title has not yet been released. You may pre-order it now and we will deliver it to you when it arrives." That's
obviously a long way off, since the show just debuted for broadcast!
Pricing is available, however, currently showing $54.99 SRP for the standard DVD, $64.99 SRP for the Blu-ray, and $99.99 SRP for the Limited Collector's Edtion Blu-ray (you can, of course, guarantee your copy right away at a discounted price, if you order it using any of the above links). There are no other details available so far at Amazon's entries, and the only artwork there is temp art, and an early look at the dome-shaped Limited Edtion (below; note please that none of the artwork is finalized, and may be subject to change). Stay tuned, however, and we'll update you further on this title down the road, just as soon as we find out anything more! Our thanks to one of our readers, Bryce Novarro, for the heads-up about all of this.
June 25, 2013
CBS’ Under the Dome was clearly a hit with its Monday night premiere, drawing 13.1 million total people to troubled li’l Chester’s Mill, Home of Rachelle Lefevre’s Hair. In the coveted 18-49 demo, the Stephen Kingsian drama series scored a 3.2, likely placing second only to NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup finals (which per preliminary numbers is starting off with a sure-to-grow 3.2, plus 8.3 million total viewers).
Under the Dome stands as broadcast TV’s most watched summer premiere since NBC’s The Singing Beecirca 2007 (13.3 mil), and CBS’ most watched summer launch since Big Brother in 2000 (22.3 mil).In the demo, its CBS’ best summer debut since something called Fire Me Please, in 2005. Elsewhere, ABC’s The Bachelorette (6.4 mil/1.9) was up 16 percent and two tenths, while Mistresses (3.7 mil/1.1) dipped a tenth versus the Dome. Fox’s penultimate The Goodwin Games (1.6 mil/0.6) was up 14 percent and a tenth.
June 12, 2013
Is Natalie Zea ready to turn the tables…? After being victimized for much of The Following‘s freshman run, the actress is heading Under the Dome with a “continuing” role on CBS’ summer series, where it appears she will rouse some rabble and stir some pots. Executive producer Neal Baer tells TV Guide Magazine that Zea, whose TV credits also of course includeJustified, will play Maxine, “a woman who makes an alarming appearance” in Episode 9. “If you think Jim Rennie” — one of the tale’s antagonists, played by Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris — “is trouble, you haven’t seen trouble yet,” Baer teases.
Based on the Stephen King novel about a community that is suddenly and mysteriously closed off from the rest of the world by a transparent membrane*, Under the Dome is set to premiere Monday, June 24. Filming wraps later this summer, long before Fox’s The Following starts up production on Season 2 (to again premiere midseason).
February 20, 2013
Rachelle Lefevre (A Gifted Man, Off the Map) is making her way Under the Dome, CBS’ anticipated summer series based on Stephen King’s 2009 novel.
The 13-episode drama takes place in the New England community of Chester’s Mill, which inexplicably finds itself trapped beneath a massive, transparent barrier. Chaos soon breaks out. Lefevre plays an investigative reporter living in the leafy town.
The actress joins an ever-growing cast that includes Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris, Pan Am‘s Mike Vogel, True Blood‘s Aisha Hinds, Life Unexpected‘s Britt Robertson, CSI: NY‘s Natalie Martinez, Supernatural‘s Colin Ford, Jolene Purdy (Gigantic) and Nicholas Strong (Nashville).
Neal Baer will serve as an exec producer alongside Steven Spielberg and Lost‘s Jack Bender.
February 15, 2013
Stephen King’s Under The Dome has added Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris to its cast. TV Line are reporting that Norris will play Big Jim Rennie. Those of you who have read the novel will remember Big Jim as the primary antagonist; a greedy man who sees the dome incident as a way to further his status as the town’s unofficial mayor. The pilot episode is written by Brian K Vaughan and will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev.
February 14, 2013
After an extensive casting process, Mike Vogel (Pan Am) has been tapped as the lead of Under The Dome, CBS’ 13-episode summer series from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel. This represents one of the final castings on the series set in Chester’s Mill, a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away. Vogel will play Barbie, an Army veteran who is in Chester’s Mill on a mysterious mission. Vogel, repped by WME and manager Geordie Frey, recently shot a major recurring arc on the upcoming A&E series Bates Motel as well as indies McCanick and Jake Squared.
February 7, 2013
Former True Blood witch doctor Aisha Hinds is joining CBS’ summer series Under the Dome. Hinds will play Carolyn Hill, a powerful Los Angeles entertainment attorney who’s trapped in the doomed (and domed) town of Chester’s Mill while she and her partner drive their teenage daughter to a camp for troubled youth.
January 29, 2013
Jolene Purdy (Glee) and Nicholas Strong have landed regular roles on Under The Dome, its 13-episode summer series from Steven Spielberg andStephen King based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel. Purdy, repped by Buchwald/Fortitude and Vanguard Management, will play Dodee, a brilliant, eccentric engineer at the local radio station who will draw on her unique skills in an effort to make contact with the world outside the dome. Strong will play Phil, a popular radio DJ and indie rock fanatic, a charismatic figure with a dark secret.
Januari 27, 2013
Robertson will play Angie, an attractive young waitress and aspiring nurse who has dreams of escaping her town, Chester’s Mill. Before playing Circle‘s Cassie, Robertson was Life Unexpected‘s foster kid Lux. Her other TV credits include Law & Order: SVU, Swingtown and CSI.
Under the Dome is produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and will premiere Monday, June 24, at 10/9c.
January 24, 2013
CBS has announced that actors Natalie Martinez (CSI: NY) and newcomer Alex Koch have been signed to star in the 13-episode straight-to-series Under The Dome, which is being produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and is based on a novel by Stephen King.
The series, set to air this summer, is about a small New England town that suddenly finds itself cut off from the rest of the world by a dome, and must learn to survive in post-apocalyptic conditions while trying to discover where they dome came from, and why.
Source: Sci-Fi Storm
January 16, 2013
Under The Dome, based on the novel by Stephen King, will premiere in the US on June 24 2013 on CBS, according to Shock Till You Drop. Adapted by the brilliant comic-book writer Brian K Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways) from King’s doorstop of a novel, it’s the story of a small town in Maine that suddenly finds itself under a clear but impenetrable dome.
Sides form, panic begins and general unpleasantness kicks off. For added class the pilot episode is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, the man behind the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. “So far it has been incredible,” said Vaughan, speaking exclusively to SciFiNow back in issue 69. “Stephen King was a massive influence on my upbringing, so to talk with him about shepherding one of his creations has been great.”
Perhaps most excitingly, King gave the writer free reign in adapting the book.
“As Elvis once said, ‘it’s your baby, you rock it now’. ‘I trust you, you’ve got good instincts, don’t screw it up, don’t make the people in this town look dumb and go with God.’ That’s an incredible thing to hear from a creator,” Vaughan concluded.
January 15, 2013
Considering that CBS's Under the Dome series debuts later this year, the network is ramping up casting for the new Stephen King inspired sci-fi project. The first addition? A familiar face, at least for Supernatural fans.
Actor Colin Ford, who plays young Sam Winchester during flashbacks on the beloved CW demon-hunting series, has signed on to portray Joe in the CBS project. The character is separated from his parents when the mysterious giant dome covers their small New England town.
The 13 episode series is based on Stephen King's 2009 novel of the same name, and explores the effects on a town's residents once it is completely cut off from the rest of the world behind a giant dome (ala The Simpsons Movie).
January 14, 2013
CBS has announced that its ambitious, 13-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s Under The Dome will premiere in the US on Monday 24 June. The first episode is written by Brian K. Vaughan, and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
November 30, 2012
Three years after it was first announced, Stephen King's Under the Dome is finally coming to television in a big way. According to Deadline, CBS-TV has picked up King's massive novel as a 13-episode project that will go straight to series—which means that a pilot doesn't have to be shot first for the network to scrutinize (and pick apart) before saying yes.
That's not surprising, considering the huge names behind the endeavor: Along with King himself, Steven Spielberg will executive-produce the show, with his Amblin Entertainment on board as the production company in association with CBS Television Studios. This, by the way, represents a promotion of sorts for the series. It was first announced as being under development for cable and ended up at Showtime, which is owned by CBS. Now the show's been upped to the parent network, where it has a bigger chance of being seen by a wider audience. If it's also better for the tv series itself remains to be seen when you look at the cables popularity at the moment regarding their tv series.
The show is being written by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Lost) and the first episode will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The book, when it was published in 2009, was widely acclaimed as one of King's best in a long time, with many comparing its scope favorably to The Stand. The story takes place in a small Maine town—of course—that is sealed off from the rest of the world by a gigantic, transparent dome, leaving its inhabitants to desperately fend for themselves while trying to find out what the dome is and whether it can be breached.
Interestingly, Vaughan has, with King's permission, added some new characters and changed the book's ending—which was arguably its weak spot—at the request of CBS in case the network wants to order up a second season. Under the Dome is expected to premiere next summer. Are you looking forward to this one?