Hulu's Castle Rock Canceled After Just Two Seasons

Stephen King's anthology series Castle Rock has come to an abrupt end, just like so many of his characters.

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Countless television shows get the axe each year for a dozen reasons. But every time a network or streaming service cancels a show in 2020, it's hard not to blame it on COVID-19. The latest show to be snuffed out is Hulu's Castle Rock, Stephen King's horror anthology series, Variety reports.

If there's any other connected transmedia universe apart from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has stood the test of time, it might be Stephen King's loosely connected bibliography of horror stories. Castle Rock brought them all together, telling stories set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine.

The show brought together actors and characters from and related to King's huge library. Actors that popped up throughout the show included King alums Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Bill Skarsgard (It). Characters, meanwhile, included the niece of The Shining's Jack Torrance and Annie Wilkes from Misery, among others. JJ Abrams executive produced the series through his Bad Robot production company.

King is one of the most adapted authors ever. Even if the cancelation of Castle Rock hurts, he has plenty of other stuff in the works. HBO Max has a Shining-inspired series called Overlook in the works (also produced by Bad Robot), while CBS All Access is putting together a remake of The Stand, which airs in December.

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