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CBS orders 2nd season for ‘Under the Dome’

CBS says it’s renewing the summer series “Under the Dome” for next year.

The drama, about a small town enclosed in a mysterious dome, has been a success for CBS. It’s based on a bestselling Stephen King book.

CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves told the Television Critics Association on Monday that King will write next summer’s debut episode.

More than 13 million people watched the June debut episode of “Under the Dome,” a strong number for the fall season, much less the summer.

Organizers reviving Miss America Parade

Miss America is getting reacquainted with some old traditions as she returns to Atlantic City for the first time in nine years.

Organizers on Monday gave The Associated Press details of the Miss America Parade scheduled for Sept. 14. The parade is known for pageant contestants showing off their extravagantly decorated shoes.

Producer John Best says the 2013 edition will feature 4,000 participants, including 22 marching bands, two youth choirs, all the contestants and some former Miss Americas.

One float will include veterans back from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Filming ends for ‘Hobbit’ trilogy

Peter Jackson has wrapped up filming “The Hobbit” trilogy and shared pictures of his last day on the set with his Facebook fans.

The New Zealand filmmaker provided a steady stream of updates and photos from the set of the final film, “The Hobbit: There And Back Again,” on Friday.

The second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” will be released in December, and the finale appears in 2014.

The director posted pictures of dwarves, crew members and actor Martin Freeman, who plays the protagonist, hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

Film speculates on JFK assassination

Weeks before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination this fall, ReelzChannel will take another look at the killing in a docudrama that suggests a Secret Service agent fired one of the bullets that felled Kennedy.

“JFK: The Smoking Gun” is based on the work of retired Australian police Detective Colin McLaren, who spent four years combing through evidence from Kennedy’s death on Nov. 22, 1963.

The two-hour docudrama airs Nov. 3 in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

The program is ReelzChannel’s second Kennedy-related offering. In 2011, the cable channel aired “The Kennedys.”

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