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'Under the Dome' gets a second season

Britt Robertson, as Angie, in a scene from

Britt Robertson, as Angie, in a scene from the pilot of the TV series "Under the Dome," premiered June 24, 2013, at 10 p.m. on CBS. The series is based on Stephen King's bestselling novel. Credit: AP

Beverly Hills -- The "Dome" stays! Which may not be such good news to those trapped within its semipermeable barrier, but fans will be pleased nonetheless. "CBS This Morning" announced a second season for next summer. Not at all a surprise. Star Dean Norris has said in interviews that a second season would likely happen, and after CBS saw those opening night  numbers (13 plus million) that word "likely" was struck. Plus, CBS has a unique second window deal with Amazon -- which means the cost is being shared. Even better.

Plus this: Stephen King, whose doorstop this hit is based upon, will write next summer's opener. 

The quote:

“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.

(By the way, Tassler is not at this summer's press tour; a close friend of hers passed away over the weekend, and she is attending the funeral today.)

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