Under the Dome Begins Production on Season 2

Wilmington area Setting for popular TV Series

The dome is officially descending upon the Wilmington region again as CBS’ smash hit series from last summer, Under the Dome, began shooting season two this week. The show, based on the Stephen King book of the same name, follows the picturesque small town of Chester’s Mill and its residents who scramble to survive after a mysterious, impenetrable dome suddenly appears, separating them from the outside world. Premiering to more than 13 million viewers last June, Under the Dome‘s pilot was the most watched summer series debut since 2002 and paved the way for the show to become the runaway hit of the summer. During its 13 episodes, the show garnered an average of more than 10 million viewers. The N.C. Film Office started recruiting Under the Dome in late 2012; the show started work on its first season last March. This past December, Gov. Pat McCrory announced popular television productions fueled one of the strongest years experienced by the film industry in North Carolina. More than 60 productions registered with the N.C. Film Office and filmed in North Carolina in 2013. Those productions amassed a record-high of more than 5,700 production days with filming taking place in more than 30 of the state’s 100 counties. Year-end projections showed television and film productions had a direct in-state spend in excess of $254 million and created more than 4,000 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled workforce. These productions created nearly 25,000 job opportunities (full time equivalent and temporary jobs), including talent and background extra positions, for North Carolinians. These numbers are the second highest in the industry’s history for in-state spending by productions as well as total job opportunities created.

(Posted from NC Newslink)

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