Determined to make more "big-event" noise in the summer, CBS on Wednesday announced a return date for Stephen King's "Under the Dome" and a premiere date for Steven Spielberg's "Extant."
"Under the Dome," last summer's biggest prime-time hit, will return for its second season at 10 p.m. June 30 with an opener written by King himself.
"Under the Dome" is the story of a small town that is inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town's inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.
During the TV critics press tour, CBS showed preview clips of "Dome" revealing that two "favorite" characters from the show will meet their doom in the first episode.
Also this summer, CBS will debut "Extant," a sci-fi limited series starring Halle Berry, at 9 p.m. July 2. "Extant," from Spielberg's Amblin Television unit, is a mystery thriller about a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will "change the course of human history."
Other highlights from the CBS executive session: