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Executive Producer Brian K. Vaughan Leaving CBS’ Under the Dome

Executive Producer and Writer Brian K. Vaughan will be leaving the CBS drama Under the Dome after the conclusion of the second season.

There seems to be a change in the tide over at CBS as Executive Producer and Writer Brian K. Vaughan has announced that he will be leaving the highly successful series Under the Dome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vaughan was handpicked by legendary Director and series Executive Producer Steven Spielberg to adapt the popular Stephen King novel for the small screen all the way back when it was being optioned to Showtime.

In the report, Vaughan’s departure was his own decision and had already helped plot out the entire second season of the series prior to his exit from the show.

Instead, Vaughan has decided to shift his priorities back to his family and his comic book duties.

“Right after we finished season one of Under the Dome, our showrunner Neal Baer and I had the amazing honor of working with Stephen King himself to help plot the new direction of our second season. It was one of the best experiences of my creative life, but it was also a really long time to be apart from my family, who I’ve seen way too little of since I started helping to develop Dome years ago, so I decided to step away from the show,” Vaughan said in a statement via The Hollywood Reporter. “I really miss the cast and crew, but it’s awesome to get to see my kids again and catch up on my comic-book deadlines. I’m very grateful that CBS and Amblin gave me this opportunity to help adapt one of the best novels ever by my lifelong hero, and I’m excited to watch all of my friends’ hard work come to life in a few weeks.”

While fans will certainly be sad to see him leave the series which has been so well received throughout the first season, you can’t exactly blame a man for wanting to get back to basics and spend more time with his children.

A show like Under the Dome is a huge undertaking. Maybe not one the size of HBO’s Game of Thrones; however, when you have such giant shoes to fill as the ones left by one of the greatest authors of our generation, Mr. Stephen King, to follow in, you certainly have your work cut out for you.

At this point and time, there is no word on whether or not anyone will be brought on to step into Vaughan’s place; however, since the entire second season has already been completed, I doubt there will be a need for this at the present time; however, if the series, which was originally billed as one of those “limited event series,” is picked up for a third season, we may see some movement in this arena.

Under the Dome is scheduled to premiere its second season on Monday, June 30that 10:00 p.m. on CBS.

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