Why did Hulu cancel Castle Rock?

Even though fans were excited for season three of Castle Rock, Hulu announced that it would not be renewing the show.

Castle Rock is named after one of Stephen King’s fictional towns, Castle Rock, Maine. The show’s characters, themes and settings are featured and inspired by the stories created by King. It is a psychological horror streaming series that premiered on Hulu in July 2018.

The show’s creators, Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason took several character elements from assorted King stories, to put them together in and around Castle Rock.

Season one featured several actors who are not new to King’s work, such as Sissy Spacek from Carrie and Bill Skarsgård, who portrayed Pennywise the dancing clown in IT.

Season two of the show took a dramatic turn, as it centers around new characters. The season follows Misery’s Annie Wilkes, played by Lizzy Caplan, whose story intersects with French colonial cultists, Somalian refugees, and pod people.

Both seasons of Castle Rock have high reviews, with season one receiving a rating of 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while season two is at a rating of 89 percent.

Although the show was quite successful, it was not renewed for a third season. Hulu revealed that it had always planned to end the series after Annie Wilkes’ story concluded.

It was also canceled due to the shift in production, as Warner Brothers, who produced the Hulu original, focused on its collaborations with HBO Max.

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