This year's Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press event has been one helluva' rush this year, with the networks, cablers, and streamers not just looking to their shows' immediate futures, but also their long-term prospects. Case-in-point: Hulu. Senior Vice President of Originals Craig Erwich took some time to offer a few updates on the futures of Castle Rock and The Orville, as well as his thoughts on Veronica Mars and that ending.
"Castle Rock" Season 3
Having recently wrapped its second-season run only a little more than a month ago, the streaming service is still looking at how the widly-praised Stephen King "shared universe" series continues to do duirng its run window:
"We have not made any further decisions on Castle Rock, people are still continuing to discover it. I thought Lizzy Caplan was revelatory in her portrayal of Annie Wilkes, it was a whole new take on the character and it was very brave of her given what Kathy Bates has done [in Misery]."
"The Orville" Season 4
Though Seth MacFarlane left 20th Century Fox Television and signed an exclusive creative deal with NBCUniversal Content Studios, his Orville deal with Hulu will not be impacted. As for the possibility of the series boldly going into a fourth season and beyond, Erwich is taking a wait-n-see approach – though he will be screening the first episode of the new season next week:
"The Orville has a very loyal following on Hulu so when there was an opportunity to bring a new season to our viewers we jumped at it, I will see the first episode next week. We'll monitor and evaluate the show as it goes."
When asked about the future of Veronica Mars with the streamer, even after announcing that the streamer would not be moving forward with future seasons, Erwich seemed to want to focus on the past… library of Veronica Mars episodes, currently available on the streamer:
"We were thrilled with the entire Veronica Mars experience that we brought to our viewers. It was a really unique set of content in terms of having past episodes and then a new seasons. It was really interesting to see. We watched a lot of new people discover the show for the first time. For fans of the show, the opportunity to check back in and see where she is in her life was very exciting. That collection, that journey of Veronica Mars in terms of the television episodes and in terms of her life as a character exists on Hulu and will exist for a long time. There's still a lot of Veronica Mars for people to check out. Right now we think that's a really satisfying narrative experience for them."
As for series creator Rob Thomas tragic and not-too-fan-approving ending, Erwich supports the creative decision:
"That ending was Rob Thomas' decision. He has been the creator and longtime steward of that franchise. I support the decision that he made. For me, we talk about the volume of conversation, but the other thing that you're looking for is the intensity of conversation. And I think the intensity of that reaction was a testament to how much people like the show."