The streaming service Hulu announced today that its Stephen King-universe horror series Castle Rock will be returning for a second season. I have seen no viewership numbers for that show, but according to Deadline Hollywood it is “one of the most successful launches for a Hulu Original, in terms of reach and consumption”. The show has received some good buzz in its first season, though not on the same level as Hulu’s Emmy-favorite The Handmaid’s Tale. Still, the streaming service considers it on of their “impact shows” and it has apparently done a good job at drawing in viewers and subscribers. The second season will likely consist of ten episodes and should debut at some point in 2019. This Wednesday the show releases the sixth episode out of the ten ordered for its first season.
Castle Rock is takes place in the fictional Maine town of the title and draws together elements from many of Stephen King’s stories in the process of “weaving an epic saga of darkness and light”. It comes from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot productions and stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek.
Hulu still has several other shows awaiting word on their fate such as Freakish, Dimension 404, and Hard Sun. It appears that the first two will not be returning for additional seasons, and the fate or Hard Sun may be dictated more heavily by the BBC which partnered with Hulu on the show. Be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for breaking news and updates on these shows and more in the coming weeks and months.
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