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Fire and brimstone: ‘Dome’ cast fills church pews in Southport filming

It was a day of fire and funeral in Chester’s Mill.
Nearly every member of the main cast of the CBS science fiction drama “Under the Dome” appeared in Southport Monday for all-day work on the second episode of season two.
For the second time this month, filming centered around Trinity United Methodist Church and East Nash Street.
Production crews began the morning by simulating fire and smoke, burning a pile of various wooden objects in the middle of East Nash Street in front of the post office. Those scenes featured “Big Jim” Rennie, played by Dean Norris, and new cast member Eddie Cahill, who plays his brother-in-law Sam.
Fellow main cast members Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong and Mackenzie Lintz joined newcomer Karla Crome for afternoon work both inside and outside Trinity.
There, the cast and crew, along with 100 extras, staged elaborate funeral scenes involving a hearse, while townspeople walked into “Holy Redeemer Church”. Four extras, who served as pallbearers, placed a pine box in the hearse.
Earlier, interior scenes of the funeral were shot.
The production already has announced that two popular characters of the show will meet their bitter end during the first episode of the second season, written by source novelist Stephen King.
In cast news, it was announced this week that Dwight Yoakam had joined the cast for a role this season.
Yoakam, 57, has successfully balanced his music career with acting, starring in “Panic Room” and “Sling Blade”.
Yoakam will play Lyle Chumley, who runs Chester Mills’ barber shop, the Two Scissors. According to TV Guide, Chumley has a lengthy and complicated history with “Big Jim”.
Chumley was once romantically involved with Big Jim’s wife, Pauline, who passed away. To complicate events even further, Chumley has a connection to the dome, and could be the person who knows the answers to its origin, the magazine report states.
In February, it was announced that Sherry Stringfield, who starred in “ER”, had signed on to play Pauline Rennie in the series.


New Season 2 Teasers

A couple of new teasers popped up on YouTube for Season 2 of CBS’s popular summer series “Under the Dome,” and if you don’t mind a few French subtitles, feel free to check them out right here! “Under the Dome” returns on Monday, June 30th.

“Under the Dome” stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Natalie Martinez (Linda), Dean Norris (Big Jim), Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie), and Britt Robertson (Angie).

Season 2 newcomers announced thus far include Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, and Karla Crome.

Stephen King: Why master of horror novels doesn’t scare us

LOS ANGELES—“I don’t get [scared] all that much, really; I pass on the fears to the people who read my books,” Stephen King quipped with a smile in our recent interview via Skype. The author who has sold over 300 million copies of 70-plus books talked to us from the North Carolina set of “Under the Dome,” the hit TV series based on his novel. Silver-haired, bespectacled and looking benign and relaxed, Stephen is not at all what you might expect from the writer of those horror and suspense novels that have gripped us.

“When people ask about my childhood, I feel like it’s always a masked question—‘What screwed you up so badly?’” Stephen said, still grinning. “I had a fairly normal childhood [but] I had a big imagination. I still have nightmares. The nice thing about what I do is kind of psychoanalysis turned inside out. If you have fears and anxieties, you go to a psychiatrist and pay maybe $120 an hour to vent those fears.”

Laughing, he added, “I put my fears down on paper and people pay me to have a scare alone at night. So it’s good. I’m just there to enjoy scaring the s**t out of people.”

Stephen, who wrote the first episode of the second season of “Under the Dome” (he also serves as an executive producer alongside Steven Spielberg and Brian K. Vaughan, among others), explained, “When I’m writing something, I sleep very well. I get rid of the nightmares as part of the writing process… so that’s a terrific deal for me.

“When I’m not writing, I tend to dream a lot. Some of the dreams are very unpleasant. I have a theory that, once you train your mind to fantasize, you can’t turn it off. It runs on its own circuit so that if you’re not venting by writing stories or making things up, it tends to go under your subconscious and come out as dreaming.”
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Dwight Yoakam joins season 2

Dwight Yoakam is going Under the Dome.

In fact, his character has been there the entire time! In season two of CBS’ summer breakout drama, the actor-musician will play Lyle Chumley, who runs the Chester’s Mill’s barbershop. We’re told Chumley “has a complicated history with Big Jim — having once been romantically linked with his dead wife, Pauline. Lyle also has a mysterious connection to the Dome, and very well may know the answer to its origins.”

Yoakam will appear in multiple episodes as a recurring guest star in season 2, which gets underway June 30. The Grammy-winning Kentucky native has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and appeared in more than 35 films, including Panic RoomSling Blade and Red Rock West (a terrific noir film if you haven’t seen it). On the small screen, he last had an arc on FX’s Wilfred last year.


See the First Preview of Under the Dome Season 2

Production is currently under way on Season 2 of CBS’s “Under the Dome,” and today the first preview has arrived, which teases new mysteries and characters on the show.

“Under the Dome” stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Natalie Martinez (Linda), Dean Norris (Big Jim), Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie), and Britt Robertson (Angie).

Season 2 newcomers announced thus far include Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, and Karla Crome.

“Under the Dome” returns on Monday, June 30th, and plans to kill off two “favorites” in its Stephen King-penned Season 2 premiere.

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Press Day Sneak Peek: Cast Talk To Press

The Under The Dome cast and crew take a day away from production to speak with press about the upcoming season.

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The second season of UNDER THE DOME premieres Monday, June 30 (10:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. UNDER THE DOME was the #1 program last summer, with an average of 15.06 million viewers and 3.9/11 in adults 18-49, making it the most-watched scripted summer series in 21 years. UNDER THE DOME is licensed in 200 markets worldwide by CBS Studios International and is off to strong starts in countries where it has already premiered.


Season 2 News: Premiere Date Announced

“Under the Dome” Returns Monday, June 30, 10:00 PM With the Premiere Episode Written by Stephen King

CBS today announced a premiere date for its summer event series—UNDER THE DOME, produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

UNDER THE DOME returns for its sophomore season on Monday, June 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).  The premiere episode will be written by Stephen King, whose bestselling novel the series is based on. UNDER THE DOME was last summer’s #1 program, averaging 15.06 million viewers and 3.9/11 in adults 18-49, ranking as the most-watched scripted summer series in 21 years.

UNDER THE DOME tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and 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.

UNDER THE DOME is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television.  Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Jack Bender and Brian K. Vaughan are executive producers.


‘Under The Dome’ Season 2 Begins Production With Stephen King On First Episode

The popular show Under the Dome is back in production for their second season and author Stephen King, whose novel is the basis for the CBS series, marked the occasion yesterday on his Twitter account, tweeting:

“The 2nd season of UNDER THE DOME starts production tomorrow. I’m pretty stoked.”

King, who serves as an executive producer on the show, is returning to write the season’s first episode, as he did with the pilot that kicked off the series.

Filming begins in Wilmington, but has locations around the state to bring 13 new episodes to life.

The show may return as early as June and producer Brian K. Vaughan was quoted as saying “No one is safe” Under the Dome.

CSI: NY alum Eddie Cahill and British actress Karla Crome have been cast to join Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Vogel (Bates Motel), Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight saga), Natalie Martinez (CSI: NY), Alexander Koch, Britt Robertson, Colin Ford, Mackenzie Lintz and Aisha Hinds.


‘Under the Dome’ Enlists ‘ER’ Favorite Sherry Stringfield

She’ll have a recurring guest role in the sophomore season of the CBS summer drama and reunite with her former “ER” boss, Neal Baer.

CBS’ Under the Dome is staging another ER reunion.

Executive producer/showrunner Neal Baer has recruited former ERalum Sherry Stringfield for a major role in the second season of the CBS summer drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Stringfield will have a recurring guest role and play the meaty role of Pauline, a mysterious woman who may be connected to the origins of the dome. A character with the same name — Pauline Rennie – exists in theStephen King book on which the drama is based. She’s the late wife of “Big Jim” Rennie — played on the CBS show by Dean Norris — and Junior’s mother (Alexander Koch). It’s unclear if the character on CBS’ adaptation is one and the same as the series has taken several detours from King’s best-seller.

“I’m thrilled after all these years to be working again with Sherry Stringfield. We had a blast on ERtogether and I know Sherry will bring the same grace, spirit and intensity to her new, pivotal role on Under the Dome,” Baer said in a statement to THR. Stringfield is Dome‘s second ER alum to board the series after Mare Winningham guest starred in season one.

Stringfield played fan favorite Dr. Susan Lewis on NBC’s long-running medical drama, which Baer was an exec producer on. More recently, her credits include episodes of CSI and TV movies including The Confession and Hornet’s Nest. She’s repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Jason Shapiro.

The actress becomes the latest addition to Dome‘s second season. The series, which is poised to kill off two “favorites” when it returns with its King-penned season-two premiere June 30, has also added CSI: NY‘s Eddie Cahill as Big Jim’s brother-in-law Sam; Misfits’Karla Crome as Rebecca, a teacher; and newcomer Grace Victoria Cox as Melanie, a potential love interest for Joe (Colin Ford).


‘Under the Dome’ Adds Newcomer for Season 2

Grace Victoria Cox has booked her first Hollywood gig on the Steven Spielberg-produced series.

Under the Dome is continuing to bulk up its cast.

Newcomer Grace Victoria Cox is the latest addition to the second season of CBS’ summer drama, which is executive produced by Steven SpielbergThe Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The casting marks Cox’s first screen credit.

The 18-year-old Cox will recur as the lithe, mysterious, beautiful and almost regal Melanie, who catches the eye of Joe (Colin Ford). Poised and ethereal, Melanie is from the right side of the tracks and is a clear contrast to Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz).

Under the Dome recently added CSI: NY star Eddie Cahill and Misfits alum Karla Crome as new series regulars for the upcoming season.

The additions come as Under the Dome is poised tokill off two “favorites” when it returns with its Stephen King-penned season-two premiere on June 30.

Cox is repped by Progressive Artists Agency.