'Under the Dome' returns for summer thrills

Posted June 30, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014

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— 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.


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  • Donald Holder Jul 1, 2014
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    I had no trouble picked up the storyline right where they left off before the hiatus.

  • Thomas Fenske Jul 1, 2014
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    It was an ok show last year but I wish network execs would figure out that these complexicated storylines get just a little confusing to reconstruct after almost a full year. Generally, a long hiatus kills complex shows. Well, unless they repeat them before the premier, which is the smart thing shows like Walking Dead do.

  • BarryHatesAmerica Jun 30, 2014

    I was hooked from the opening credits. Just an awesome concept and quite realistic. And folks said that the "Red Dawn" scenario was stupid.

  • Donald Holder Jun 30, 2014
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    I can't wait for the season premiere tonight!!