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Earlier this week, I attended an Under the Dome press event with executive producer Neal Baer and series stars Dean Norris and Rachelle Lefevre. As a result, I've screened the first new footage of Season 2, which premieres at the end of June, and I hope I'm not giving too much away here, but Under the Dome is whack. My good buddy Tim is far braver than I am, and he reviewed every episode of the first season last summer. I've read every single one of his writeups, and I still don't have any idea what's going on in Chester's Mill. But here's what I can tell you about Season 2, based on what I've seen and what Baer, Norris, and Lefevre said during their panel. 


1. A major character dies within the first few minutes of the premiere

We've actually known this was coming for awhile now, but having seen the footage myself and knowing who kicks the bucket dome, I can tell you that knowing something's coming doesn't make it any less shocking. According to executive producer Neal Baer, a second major character will also bite the dust fairly early in Season 2. However: "That doesn't mean you won't necessarily see them again," he teased, "because anything is possible under the dome."


2. Communication with the outside world is a thing now

EggDome has been broken, so to speak, which means there's a possibility for new characters to arrive in Season 2. One of them will be played by The Young and the Restless's Max Ehrich whose new character Hunter is introduced in Episode 3, but only digitally, which I guess means he's texting with someone on the inside now that there's a crack in the fishbowl a way to communicate. "There's a break in the dome ... where internet messages can get through," explained Baer. "In Episode 3, Norrie and Joe start to get messages from this young man and we will actually meet him in Episode 8."


3. First the internet gets through the Dome, then whole people? 

"Maybe someone might possibly get out and maybe someone might possibly get in," Baer hinted. This makes it sound like Under the Dome's writers have come up with a workaround for the fact that this tiny town is supposed to be completely encapsulated by a giant dome, yet they still want to introduce new characters, regardless of whether it's plausible those characters were in Chester's Mill when the dome dropped (Natalie Zea's Max, anyone?). In addition to Ehrich's new character Hunter, we'll be meeting Big Jim's brother-in-law Sam (CSI: NY's Eddie Cahill), a teacher named Rebecca (Misfits' Karla Chrome), and Barbie's father Don (Person of Interest's Brett Cullen).



4. The Dome has wants and needs just like everyone else!

During Season 2's opening scene, there's a loud ringing sound that'll pierce your eardrums while most of the townspeople fall to the ground unconscious. One character says, "I think the Dome's trying to tell us something!" And then another character (who's probably channeling the show's audience) responds, "That's nonsense!" 


5. Big Jim's heart grows three sizes (maybe)

When asked whether Big Jim will stop being such a dick in Season 2 (my words, not those of the very professional reporter who asked the question), Norris said, "[He has a] come-to-God—or come-to-Dome—moment where he believes maybe his purpose in life should be that he shouldn't be so nasty." Baer elaborated a bit by saying, "It's the season of transformation. This is the year where we will find out what they're truly made of."



6. The dome is newly magnetic and a bell flies out of a church! 

As you can see in the first-look photo at the top of this page, the dome has developed a taste for metal. Also, as you can see in the photo directly above, Oscar the Grouch is now homeless!


Under the Dome premieres Monday, June 30 at 10pm on CBS. What do you think is in store for Season 2?


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Sometimes, something is just so bad and far out there that it comes back the other way around and people watch it :D And if enough people hate-watch it then it'll be on TV forever because of the ratings ^^
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I've read that Stephen King wrote the season two premiere. I've also read that two major deaths occur in the season premiere. How about Junior, Angie, Barbie, Julia, and the sheriff. Just two? Crap, ok how about two writers? You've got three more episodes, to convince me not to drop you.
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This is going to be fun. I can sense that the bad acting and really bad writing will continue.
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Good try DOME!!
I suffered season 1 as i thought it was going to be ALOT better than it was, I am not coming back for seconds.

Dome Fail.
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They should really just scrap this show and make a quality series, like Sharknado.
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i honestly thought this was supposed to be a 1 season mini series. Glad to see it back. Also, glad to see the love story from CSI N.Y. continuing this summer!!:D:D
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It's like they never even read the book.
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I've read every single one of his writeups, and I still don't have any idea what's going on.

Now that's not nice to your buddy Tim :-)
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Great it's coming back and with such logical new developments. Next to having fun by disbelief, the reviews and especially the funny comments are reason enough to watch. I'll try to put my two pennies in again this year.
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Is it a non-ferrous bell that flies out of the church due to The Dome's magnetism? That would be entirely consistent with the quality of writing and research we got in S1.

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I don't watch the show but I can't wait to read those funny reviews again
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This show is the equivalent of the entire Lost Seasons in terms of "What the effin' happened?". Now more is coming and Lost didn't answer half of our questions. With this scale, I believe Under will have no time answering the mess they made. Change the title, Under the Doomed more likely. Nonetheless I'll still watch just for the fun of it. Nonsense shows make my brain go up up up and away. Exited for the god-complex dad and his psycho winny son. Best family team-up ever. hahaha
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This sounds Horrible and nothing like the book. I'm in. Let the hate-watching commence.
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This is one of the single best hate-watching events of the summer. I'm in.
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Chrome under the Dome. Okay, someone had to say it, :-).
I don't like these changes and I think it makes the premise even worse.What's the point of a Dome that is supposed to isolate the town from all the rest of the world, if it doesn't. So in fact we don't even have a premise to this show if anything goes and there are no unbroken ground rules. Big Jim is now nice.
No, I am not going to go through that back again.I am out.
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Kill this one off and grab Almost Human instead! I waited long for this series to happened but this is not what I waited for. Not sure what second season will bring but I repeat, sideline this one for something truly worth watching aka Almost Human.
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Dang.. I thought this show would be a flop! I'm here to say I'm sorry. Sorry
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Dang spoilers. S2 better improve.
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I'm giving this show 4 episodes, to convince me not to drop it. Hey i gave The Following 10 total episodes. Unlike that crap fest, there were a few good episodes in Under The Dome. Personally i hope they kill off, all the characters we know minus 3. Only Big Jim, Joe, and Norrie should survive. Then develop of residents of the town. It could be like Thunder Dome. :)
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It is coming back on my bday yay!
anyway i liked season 1. wasn't like huge piece of art but it was pleasant to watch. I am looking forward to see what is going to happen in season 2
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Let's hope the acting got exponentially better, and that Steven King's premiere can put it on the right track.
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HANK!
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I'm looking for forward this show coming back and a big part of my excitement is seeing barbie again
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Nice. I thought the book had sort of a crappy end. I like it that the series moved away from the book (it already did a *lot* during the first season, and has to move a lot more if these 6 "spoilers" hold). I can't wait for it to begin and I hope that King has thought of a better end this time. That being said, I *do* think it must end in season 2. It's not something that can go on and on and on.
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due to may sweeps and all the finales , we need this show sooner. when are all the networks going to realize everyone is not on the beach playing volleyball or whatever. there is a great summer for them if they can get out of their September/October thing.
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I love how bat shit crazy this show is. Its like a sci-fi american horror story with bad acting. Ive missed your stupidity cop Linda. Cant wait til June :)
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Wasn't this (according to here and AV Club) the worst show in the history of the world? Why is it coming back?
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i believe super fun night has conquered this title by an ocean or a few
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People watched it, that's all that is necessary.
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the only highlight of season one was reading the reviews... i never tuned in and that Stephen King let this happen and is even writing the first episode for this second season tells me he has finally and totally sold out. As a writer, regardless of money I would never let someone butcher my work like this show has done. He has the pull now to get things done the way he wants and let's this crap go on tv.
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Don't call Mr. King a sellout, esp since you just admitted you haven't even watched the show. This show isn't any prize but I doubt Mr. King has had that much control over the series.. maybe that's why he's guest directing the premiere of s2, to try n steer this boat in a better direction... Have you even read the book?
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I'm one of the few that liked this show and I can't wait until June 30! They won't screw it up :)
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How could they screw it up? Get it right? It's like asking how you know when buttermilk goes bad. It tastes good?
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Oh this show. *smh* LOL

"Under the Dome Season 2 : More domier than ever"



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Great picture. Dean can say anything and I believe him.
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hahaha SPN has the cheesiest lines that i like. Bu what you did above tops them off. hahaha. Under the Doomed.
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Unless they fired the entire writing staff of season 1 and hired a new one I will not be tuning in.
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Ugh, seriously? Of last summer's 'event programming' couldn't Siberia come back for a second season instead of this hot mess?
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I would love to see a season 2 of siberia, I want answers, dammit.
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Ditto.

Has there ever been an official announcement that Siberia was cancelled?
I've looked, but I can't seem to find actual confirmation either way...

It's probably just wishful thinking, but I'll still hold out some hope until I see proof.
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i was wondering about that show too... because i want to know what happens...
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The show was completely independently finance, NBC bought after it was produce, I guess mostly as a quick and cheap answer for completing with Under the dome. So far nothing from the production company. It recently began airing the first season in France through.
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Well, here's hoping it gains enough international interest and they decide to make a 2nd season.

That was a hell of a cliffhanger & I still want answers!
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I really wanted to skip this. If this was NOT on in the summer, it will definitely fail.
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Lol what?
I can't wait!
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Oh no. Oh no. OH NO! Why am I getting the feeling that they are aiming for a third season?

The only thing I'm looking forward to are the Dome related puns that were so entertaining in the comments last year. Are there any left for this year?
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I was hoping it would be a miniseries!
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Straight up bonkers! I watched the first season and have no idea what's going on. I can only imagine reading what's coming up, without having watched, and trying t make sense of any of it. Ridiculously bad but hilarious
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That has to be what they are going for. Love the show, but there is no possible way anyone could take anything seriously Under the Dome.
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I hope everyone knows better than to waste their time on this one. This show continues while deserving shows like Community and others fail to catch an audience. Life really isn't very fair, is it? :/
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I think it's one of the funniest shows in a while, can't wait for season 2
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I think I gave it 3-4 episodes before giving up. My brain hurt watching this crap.
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Amen. I'm still reeling from the fact that this show got renewed. (Seriously. WTF??)
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"That doesn't mean you won't necessarily see them again," he teased, "because anything is possible under the dome."
LOL that made me laugh more than it should have. This show is a hot hot mess. Yet I know I'll be back to watch every episode of season 2, eagerly looking forward to Tim's reviews.
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#7 No one with any intelligence will exist in the dome.
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#8 no one with any intelligence will watch the dome

(too soon?)
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I would normally agree, but it falls into that special category that it is just so bad that you have to watch it just to see how horrible it can go.
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Agree, that thing we love to hate.
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No word on what Stephen King is bringing to the premiere?
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Stephen King should distance himself far, far away from this. It has absolutely nothing to do with the book anymore.
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A law suite?
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That made me laugh more than it probably should have.
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Pretty unlikely, since he's writing the season premiere.
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A cameo!
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As always thanks for the spoilers. Now I don't have to watch it
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"Under the Dome: 6 New Things We Know About Season 2"
Well with a title like that you could suppose that you'll learn things about newt season. Don't need to be a genius for that?!
And if that prevents you to watch next season I think Kaitlin may have done you a favor :D!
Just saying!!
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Do you really have any idea what is going on even after reading the "spoilers" ?
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I didn't have any idea what was going on after watching the entire 1st season!
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That is what I meant :-)
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