‘Castle Rock’ Cancelled: Stephen King & J.J. Abrams Series Axed After Two Seasons

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That’s it for Castle Rock, the anthology series adaptation inspired by the works of Stephen King.

Hulu has decided to officially cancel the series after two seasons, the last of which premiered over a year ago. Despite being quite well received by audiences and critics (7.6 on IMDb and 88% on Rotten Tomatoes), it’s clear there simply weren’t enough people tuning in. Apart from ratings, the pandemic has also caused for cancellations – some even backtracking officially announced seasons.

Deadline reports that the decision to cancel the psychological horror series was actually made sometime ago, which makes sense, as fans have been waiting on season 3 news since the season 2 final aired in December 11, 2019. Well, it appears it’s truly dead now, with word that Warner Bros. isn’t looking at a possibility of a continuation on sister company HBO Max.

Castle Rock was created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason – who also worked on acclaimed but also short-lived series Manhattan – and had King and J.J. Abrams among its executive producing team. The first season starred André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy, and Sissy Spacek. Season 2 starred Lizzy Caplan, Paul Sparks, Barkhad Abdi, Yusra Warsama, Elsie Fisher, Matthew Alan and Tim Robbins.

Other Hulu shows cancelled include Seth Rogen-produced sci-fi comedy series Future Man, over after three seasons; Zoë Kravitz-starring High Fidelity, cancelled after just one; and Marvel adaptation Runaways, axed after season 3.