Excited for Season 2 of “Under the Dome?” Well you’re about to get a lot more excited because we have a BOATLOAD of news for you cats from CBS’ upfronts!
First up Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the CBS summer thriller has cast Brett Cullen (pictured; “Person of Interest,” The Dark Knight Rises) as Barbie’s father Don Barbara on the show. We’ll meet Don in season two. He runs a multi-national corporation and is described as powerful, smooth, and charming. Executive producer Neal Baer teased: “Barbie is shocked to find himself face to face with his father in an unforgettable turn of events.”
Next up Deadline just chimed in with the following details… 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.”
And finally Enstars is reporting that the second season is set to explore science vs. faith, thanks in part to Rebecca (Karla Crome), a new character who is a science teacher. Rebecca takes on a science-based approach to the mysterious dome while Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) is more faith-based. Big Jim (Dean Norris) finds himself caught in the middle of both approaches.
Season 2 will feature a slew of new characters that will serve to both expand the show’s universe and help explore more about the current characters, according to Baer. Baer also revealed that even though the series was slated to be an “event” type of show, it could last well beyond that.
“We’re way past the book,” Baer explained. “The book is about the first week and we’re already two weeks in. This season will be going two more weeks. If we lasted 15 years, that would only be a year under the dome. It’s certainly possible to keep going. We have so many stories to tell.”
The popular CBS summer series returns on Monday, June 30th.
“Under the Dome” stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Natalie Martinez (Linda), Dean Norris (Big Jim), Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie), and Britt Robertson (Angie).
But no telling how long any of them will stick around as it’s already been announced that two “favorites” will be killed off in the show’s Stephen King-penned Season 2 premiere.
The new season’s newcomers include Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Karla Crome, Dwayne Boyd, and Dwight Yoakam.
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