Hulu has announced that its Stephen King anthology show Castle Rock will return for a second season. With its renewal, it will follow a brand-new storyline.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hulu says that Castle Rock is the streaming service’s most “most successful first-season original launch.” When exactly the show will return is yet to be announced.
Dustin Thomason, the show’s executive producer and writer, confirmed to THR that the show is, indeed, an anthology, which means that when the show does come back, it will do so with a new cast and storyline. He adds that it’ll take place in the same universe, true to the show’s impressionist feel:
“In terms of the anthology, each season is going to be its own self-contained story: beginning, middle and end. But I think that just as the books do, we want to surprise viewers with the ways in which the stories intersect. Just as the places the characters pop up in very unexpected ways throughout the books, that’s the kind of anthology that we would like to tell.”
Last October at New York Comic Con, the crew said that season 1 was designed to be a self-contained story, and any second season would “contain a completely new story and cast.”
The show is a bit of a mixtape of Stephen King tropes: the first season follows a nameless man (Bill Skarsgård), who mysteriously appears one day in an abandoned wing of Shawshank Prison, and the lawyer (André Holland) who returns home to try and unravel exactly what makes the town such a magnet for supernatural tragedy. Not only does it feature actors from previous King adaptations, like Skarsgård (Pennywise in the new Itmovies) and Sissy Spacek (Carrie in Carrie), it’s also brimming with Easter eggs for fans of his other books and films.
King’s works are already set in a sprawling, connected universe (the town of Castle Rock is one of its focal points), so bringing familiar characters into the municipality for a new supernatural adventure is in keeping with both King’s written oeuvre and the show’s eclectic spin on it.
As reported by POLYGON, Mega Man: Fully Charged, the first animated series for the Blue Bomber since a two-season run from 1994-1995, is now fully available on Cartoon Network’s website. The first two episodes are free for anyone to view; the remaining eight require users to log in with valid credentials to a cable or satellite TV provider.
Cartoon Network gave a sneak preview of episode one, “Throwing Shade Part 1,” two weeks ago. In the series, Aki Light — a “regular, upbeat robot schoolboy,” — has the power to turn into Mega Man. He will take on the diabolical Sgt. Night and his Robot Masters with help from Rush the dog and others. The target demographic is school-age children, but nothing’s stopping older kids and kids-at-heart from tuning in.
Fire Man is the antagonist for the first two episodes, whose summaries say culminates with Mega Man adopting his abilities (naturally) to put him out.
Mega Man: Fully Charged premieres after years of discussion and delay. Plans were first revealed for the show, by Man of Action Entertainment (Ben 10, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble) back in 2015. It was originally due to premiere in 2017.