At the beginning of the year, we learned that Marvel Television was teaming with Hulu on four new animated shows inspired by various characters from Marvel Comics. There’s M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, Marvel’s Tigra and Dazzler Show, and Howard the Duck. Despite the recent shift in power as Jeph Loeb steps down from Marvel TV and Kevin Feige starts to oversee both the film and television sectors of Marvel Entertainment, almost all of the shows remain on track at Hulu. Except for one.
Marvel’s Tigra and Dazzler Show (seen above left) has fired showrunner Erica Rivinoja (Girls Trip, The Addams Family) and the entire writing staff of the animated series due to creative differences with Marvel. In the wake of this development, production has been paused and a major creative overhaul is in the works. Read More »
Stephen King fans, if you haven’t been keeping up with Castle Rock this season, now might be a good time to do an emergency binge-watch. Like The Leftovers, Hulu‘s streaming series — which is set in the ever-expanding King multiverse — may have alienated some viewers in its first season, even as it managed to serve up episodes of great television like the Sissy Spacek showcase, “The Queen.” In the age of crowd-sourced show-solving, however, having some viewers fall away may have actually primed Castle Rock to do what The Leftovers did and get better and more wildly unpredictable in its second season.
So much of the buzz, these past few weeks, has been circling around HBO’s Watchmen that it feels like Castle Rock has been operating under the radar. The two shows premiered the same week in late October and have been progressing on parallel tracks. Both of them remix pop culture behemoths and they scratch the same itch for twist-filled, character-focused, mythology-rich TV (Watchmen‘s showrunner, Damon Lindelof, also co-created The Leftovers). Yet Castle Rock has been overshadowed at the water cooler by its sexier superhero cousin.
This week, showrunners Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason took advantage of that by springing a whopper of a revelation on their unsuspecting audience. In season 2, episode 7, “The Word,” Castle Rock blew the lid open on its own secrets, offering up the juiciest twist yet in a season full of them. It goes without saying that we are about to enter that camper in the woods, with the chamber known as the Filter, where the Voice of God whispers heavy spoilers.
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Runaways, the teen-centric superhero series that’s been chugging along on Hulu since 2017, is coming to an end – but there are still ten new episodes left. Hulu just dropped the trailer for the show’s upcoming third and final season, and while much of it looks pretty dour, at least Elizabeth Hurley seems to be having an absolute blast playing the evil sorceress Morgan le Fay. Read More »
When The Walt Disney Company acquired 20th Century Fox, that included the cable network FX and all of the shows that come along with it. Since Disney is also the majority stakeholder in Hulu, they’re bringing them both together with a new deal that will bring FX’s existing shows, new shows, and nearly all of their old shows exclusively to Hulu.
During a fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, Disney CEO Bob Iger laid out the company’s plan to create “FX on Hulu” starting in March. Along with the library content of old and current shows, “FX on Hulu” will also see upcoming shows moved from airing on FX to debuting only through streaming by way of this new deal between the cable channel and streaming service. Find out more about the “FX on Hulu” deal below. Read More »
(Blumhouse Television and Hulu have partnered for a monthly horror anthology series titled Into The Dark, set to release a full holiday-themed feature the first Friday of every month. Horror anthology expert Matt Donato will be tackling the series one-by-one, stacking up the entries as they become streamable.)
As a preacher of the good holiday horror word, Thanksgiving’s scant offerings leave my stomach rumbling. Last season’s November Into The Dark analysis began similarly; me lamenting over how Turkey Day has largely been ignored by genre filmmakers. Into The Dark’s Flesh & Blood popped out the oven dry and flavorless, but Marcus Dunstan’s Pilgrim charts a course for redemption. Guess that’s what happens when the minds behind multiple Saw sequels, three Feast flicks, and The Collector franchise take cosplaying to a disturbingly enraged level.
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Horror anthologies are all the rage on TV right now, so it’s curious that longtime Star Trek producer Brannon Braga is choosing to go in the opposite direction with Books of Blood – turning Clive Barker‘s horror anthology series into a feature film. But that is what is happening with Braga’s directorial debut, a Books of Blood movie adaptation coming to Hulu starring Anna Friel as a “brilliant, beautiful psychologist” who strikes up a connection with a self-described “ghost whisperer” (Rafi Gavron) after she loses her son to leukemia.
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The streaming wars have just begun so you might want to hunker down in the trenches for the next few years. Everyone is hell-bent on besting Netflix, which means we’re about to be inundated with a slew of new streaming services. This, in turn, means you’re going to have to decide which of these services you want – if any. Will you act like Rich Uncle Pennybags from Monopoly and sign up for all of them? Or will you pick and choose?
To help you with this decision, I’ve broken down how the streaming services compare to each other in terms of price and content. You’re welcome.
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Castle Rock returns to Hulu with a whole new story set in the world of Stephen King. The show’s anthology format allows Castle Rock to focus on a different King-inspired tale, with all new characters, every season – and season 2 promises to dig even deeper into the prolific horror writer’s bibliography. While season 1 was only tangibly connected to King’s books – merely using familiar characters and locations – season 2 goes further, pulling storylines directly from King’s books Misery and ‘Salem’s Lot. The end result is a blend of creepy and curious. There’s plenty of spooky stuff afoot, but Castle Rock never manages to be scary. And Misery and ‘Salem’s Lot, two vastly different King novels, make for strange bedfellows.
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Marvel’s first horror series has found its cast. Marvel’s Helstrom has announced its cast, lead by Tom Austen (The Borgias) and Sydney Lemmon (Fear the Walking Dead) as the titular Helstrom siblings who battle supernatural evil forces. They’ll be joined by Homeland alum Elizabeth Marvel as the the long-institutionalized Victoria Helstrom in the 10-episode first season of the Hulu series.
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Misery loves company in the second season of Hulu’s Stephen King extravaganza, Castle Rock. Season 2 of the horror series turns its attention to Annie Wilkes, the psychotic nurse from King’s novel Misery, played by Lizzy Caplan. The official Castle Rock season 2 trailer is full of eerie shots of other familiar King places, including the Marsten House from Salem’s Lot. Watch the Castle Rock season 2 trailer below.
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