This King-focused psychological horror series is the latest show to be cancelled by Hulu. ‘Castle Rock’ now joins the cancellation of another King adaption, ‘11.22.63’ on Hulu, which was also produced by Adams.
The show gained major popularity from viewers, especially King’s fans as it cleverly merged different tales, tapped on different genres, and kept the audience guessing till the last minute. The show features numerous adaptations from King’s novels.
- Has ‘Castle Rock’ been cancelled by Hulu?
- ‘Castle Rock’ Season 3
- Stephen King TV shows in the making
‘Castle Rock’ unfolded the famous horror author Stephen King’s universe. The anthology series was set in a fictional town in Maine called ‘Castle Rock’ which has also been featured in ‘The Dead Zone’, ‘Cujo’, ‘Needful Things’, and many more. Both the seasons followed a different narrative and featured different characters.
‘Castle Rock’ unfolded the famous horror author, Stephen King’s universe. The anthology series was set in a fictional town in Maine called ‘Castle Rock’ which has also been featured in ‘The Dead Zone’, ‘Cujo’, ‘Needful Things’, and many more.
Season 1 of ‘Castle Rock’ featured Bill Skarsgård, André Holland, and Lizzy Caplan. Holland as Henry Deaver was a death-row attorney who returned home for the first time after a mysterious inmate (played by Bill Skarsgård) at the Shawshank State Prison requests Henry as his lawyer.
In season 2 of ‘Castle Rock’, the storyline was centred around Annie Wilkes (played by Lizzy Caplan) from the 1987 novel, “Misery”. The story revolved around Annie and her teen daughter who visits the town of ‘Castle Rock’. For over a year fans have been waiting for season 3. So, has ‘Castle Rock’ been cancelled by Hulu?
Has ‘Castle Rock’ been cancelled by Hulu?
As confirmed by “TVLine” in a recent article, ‘Castle Rock’ has been cancelled by Hulu after two seasons. The American psychological horror anthology was released on 25th July 2018. Many have been speculating that the streaming giant’s decision is based on reviews or viewership but that isn’t true. So, what led to ‘Castle Rock’s’ cancellation on Hulu?
The decision to discontinue was made a while ago. Though no specific reason behind the wrapping up of the show has been shared, “The Hollywood Reporter” reported that the executive producers of ‘Castle Rock’, Warner Bros. TV and J.J. Abrams are working on ‘Overlook’ for HBO Max which is a rival to Hulu. ‘Overlook’ is based on the iconic hotel that has been featured in Stephen King’s bestselling novel of 1977, “The Shining”.
At the end of season 1, the post-credits also left a subtle hint related to a potential feature on “The Shining”.
Another reason behind the cancellation of ‘Castle Rock’ is that Hulu, like Netflix, is focussing on original series and has a huge lineup of programs set to debut with its new streaming partner FX.
‘Castle Rock’ Season 3
In an interview with “Collider” in 2019, series co-creator Thomason spoke about the third season of ‘Castle Rock’. He mentioned how the plan was always to have an interconnected set of stories. Every season would have its own launching point, but there would be a fabric of Stephen’s multiverse.
Thomas further added that if they get a season three, they will continue what they have done in this season and work on an expansion. The audience will start to feel that there was a plan from the beginning.
Thomas had planned to introduce new characters and continue what they had done in the show. Fans can, however, still watch the two-seasons of ‘Castle Rock’ on Hulu or Netflix.
Stephen King TV shows in the making
Even though King’s adaptation series ‘Castle Rock’ has been cancelled by Hulu, fans can watch ‘The Outsider’. The show is based on the proficient writer’s 2018 novel of the same name. Even though the show has not been officially renewed, King confirmed that a second season is on its way.
In an interview to “Entertainment Weekly”, King said,
“I know exactly where it’s going because I have seen some of the scripts. I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. I’ll just say that it’s really great and a real spooky paranormal element”.
Some of them include ‘The Stand’ on CBS, ‘Mr Mercedes’ on Peacock, and Season 2 of ‘The Outsider’ on HBO. Till then you can watch the two seasons of ‘Castle Rock’ on Hulu or Netflix.
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