'Under the Dome' returns for summer thrills
Posted June 30, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
Wilmington, N.C. — Although the summer hit "Under the Dome," filmed in Wilmington, returns to television Monday night (8 p.m., WRAL-TV) for a 13-episode run, none of the actors is ensured that same luxury.
The sci-fi sensation was such a ratings hit last summer that CBS pulled out all the stops for Season 2, and no character is assured of making it through alive. Author Stephen King even returned to write the season premiere.
In fact, the cast will see an addition in Eddie Cahill. The former CSI: New York star joins the series as the reclusive brother-in-law of Dean Norris’s "Big Jim" Rennie.
Norris will get to show a different side of the violent and manipulative political leader in Season 2.
"He gets visited by the people he killed and has a realization: 'Maybe I need to change my ways.' We'll see how long that lasts," Norris said.
Alexander Koch, who plays Norris/Rennie's son, Junior, will see his character evolve as well.
"He very much this season is coming into his own," Koch said. "He is stepping out from his father's shadow."
The sci-fi series set in fictional Chester's Mills is filmed in North Carolina. In Wilmington, Screen Gems Studios maintains permanent sets for the Sweet Briar Rose Café, the police station, a school and several home interiors. Other scenes are shot on location in Burgaw and Southport.