Hulu has officially booked a return trip to “Castle Rock” next year.
Announced this morning by the streaming service, “Castle Rock” has been renewed for a second season. The announcement comes just one week after the horror anthology series’ reached the halfway point of its first season, with it set to release its sixth episode tomorrow. Creators, showrunners, and executive producers, Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, are set to return for the second season.
The series takes place in the same fictional universe as author Stephen King’s novels, in a Maine town with plenty of references to King’s work (“The Shining, “It,” “Cujo,” etc.), but which tells its own original story. King is an executive producer on the series, alongside J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson.
There is currently no word on what the anthology show’s second season will be about, or if any of its current cast will return for it. The first season’s star-studded ensemble includes Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn, Bill Skarsgard, Jane Levy, Melanie Lynskey, and more.
While Hulu – like many of the other streaming services and online content platforms – doesn’t release its official viewership numbers or “ratings,” the service has been open about the success of “Castle Rock” up until this point. According to the platform, “Castle Rock” became the most successful first-season original launch in both viewer consumption and its reach with its premiere back in July, and also has the highest view-through rates of any Hulu original throughout its first and second weeks.
There’s no telling if “Castle Rock” will be able to maintain that popularity and momentum throughout the rest of its first season, but the show’s viewership numbers, critical reception, and online presence seems to be more than enough for Hulu to agree to continue its run.
New episodes of “Castle Rock” are released every Wednesday on Hulu.