So it appears that, like Henry Deaver, we’ll be staying in Castle Rock a little while longer. Hulu has announced that it has renewed the supernatural mystery/thriller series for a second season.
Considering Hulu said in a new release that Castle Rock wound up being the “most successful first season Hulu Original launch” on the day of its premiere, it’s not surprising that the streaming service provider is eager to return to the fictional town. Plus, the series scored “the highest view-through rates for a Hulu Original” in its first and second weeks since its launch. So, clearly, viewers are into it.
Castle Rock will be an anthology series like American Horror Story or Fargo in which each season will tell a new, single, self-contained story, according to media reports. Hulu’s senior vice president and head of content Craig Erwich told Variety that Castle Rock will tell a “wholly original” story for its second season, while Castle Rock co-creator Dustin Thomason told The Hollywood Reporter: "Each season is going to be its own self-contained story: beginning, middle, and end."
The current 10-episode season, which stars Andre Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy, and Terry O'Quinn, centers around a Texas lawyer (Holland) who returns to his hometown after receiving a mysterious anonymous request.
Named after the fictional town in Maine featured in several short stories, novels, and novellas written by Stephen King, Castle Rock tells an original story inspired by the author’s narrative universe. (Although it features several nods and references to King’s work, it’s not essential to read them beforehand to follow the series.)
Sam Shaw and Thomason created the show and serve as executive producers, along with J.J. Abrams, Mark Lafferty, Ben Stephenson, Liz Glotzer, and King himself. Castle Rock is being produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Castle Rock is part of Hulu’s ever-growing roster of original sci-fi and horror series including The Handmaid’s Tale, Future Man, Marvel’s Runaways, Into the Dark, Freakish, and the upcoming The First. It’s also the second project that King, Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television have developed for Hulu after producing the miniseries 11.22.63, based on King’s novel.
Castle Rock is currently streaming its first season on Hulu, with new episodes airing every Wednesday. The sixth episode will air on Aug. 15.