Castle Rock cancelled after two seasons

Castle Rock s2Hulu has cancelled Castle Rock, the horror anthology series based on the works of Stephen King.

According to a report by Variety, Hulu pulled the plug on the show after two seasons with disappointing ratings. The show was created by Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw, who also served as show runners. JJ Abrams, Mark Lafferty, Ben Stephenson, Liz Glotzer, and King also served as executive producers. Bad Robot Prods.produced in association with Warner Bros Television. Hulu also previously aired the limited series 11.22.63, starring James Franco, based on King’s book about a man who travels back in time to stop JFK’s assassination.

Even Stephen King fans were not as enthusiastic about Castle Rock as expected and in a landscape saturated with horror anthology series, it failed to stand out, despite strong performances from its all-star casts.

The first season of Castle Rock was a combination of various King works and starred Andre Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Sissy Spacek. 

The second season aired in 2019 and was a prequel to Misery, featuring the character of Annie Wilkes played by Lizzy Caplan. The season also starred Tim Robbins, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, and Matthew Alan.

While Castle Rock may be gone, the demand for Stephen King television adaptations remains strong. 

J.J. Abrams is working with HBO Max on a series based on The Shining which focuses on the Overlook Hotel. CBS All Access will be premiering a limited series adaptation of The Stand, starring Alexander Skarsgard. (What is it about the Skarsgard brothers and Stephen King adaptations?)

Recently, HBO aired a limited series adaptation of The Outsider starring Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo.

All three seasons of Mr. Mercedes starring Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway are also streaming on Peacock.

Castle Rock had a lot of potential but never seemed to make the most of it. Here’s hoping the upcoming Stephen King adaptations fare better.