Mike Vogel and Jolene Purdy in UNDER THE DOME - Season 1 - "Blue on Blue" | ©2013 CBS/Kent Smith

Mike Vogel and Jolene Purdy in UNDER THE DOME - Season 1 - "Blue on Blue" | ©2013 CBS/Kent Smith

At today’s CBS Summer TCA press tour, CBS Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves announced that the hit Stephen King summer series UNDER THE DOME will return again next summer.

“It’s official, and Stephen King will be writing the first episode of that 13-episode arc,” says Moonves. “We’re really proud of  what UNDER THE DOME has done. It sort of changed the face of summer television. The highest premiere of a drama, since, I think, 1992. It’s the way television should be. It’s the way television can be. Obviously it’s a very different model.”

With summer programming being difficult to finance and to be financially successful, Moonves does admit, putting on a summer show is hard, but they found the model that worked for UNDER THE DOME.

“A lot of people, including us, brought in Canadian exports [for summer series], which was very cheap,” says Moonves. “And it’s how do you figure out financially how to put on a show of that size and scale And it came down to license fees, by definition, in the summer have to be small. So it was because of a huge international sale of the show [UNDER THE DOME], as well as the participation of Amazon. And we had to make a deal unlike any we’ve ever made.”

Related: TV Review: UNDER THE DOME – Season 1 – “The Fire”

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