Hulu Shuts Down ‘Castle Rock’ After Just Two Seasons

Not even Stephen King hits a home run with every swing.

Castle Rock–the horror anthology series named after, and inspired by, the fictional Maine town featured in several of King’s stories–this week was unceremoniously dropped by Hulu after two seasons, as reported by

The streamer gave no specific reason for the cancellation, but the series never seemed to get the usual “King buzz” enjoyed by so many of his adaptations. And, of course, it may just have been another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Craig Erwich, Hulu’s senior vice president of original programming, when discussing the show earlier this year following the conclusion of Season 2, said, “We have not made any further decisions on Castle Rock. People are still continuing to discover it.” Well, it looks like the decision was made, and the axe fell.

Castle Rock–created by showrunners Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason and inspired by King’s flights of imagination–debuted on Hulu in July 2018. The show combined “the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland,” according to the official description.

Over the course of its two seasons and 20 episodes, the show’s stars included Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgard, Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek, Lizzy Caplan, Paul Sparks and Tim Robbins.

The second season dealt with a different take on Misery–one of King’s most popular novels–and the intriguing story surrounding Annie Wilkes. Both seasons–produced by Warner Bros. Television–are currently streaming on Hulu.

Keep reading Horror News Network for details on all future Stephen King adaptations and any additional Hulu horror offerings on the horizon.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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