Netflix Greenlights Second Season of ‘Hemlock Grove’19 Jun, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sophomore season will feature three less episodes
Netflix June 19 said it has approved production of a second season of “Hemlock Grove,” the episodic horror series from executive producer Eli Roth and based on Brian McGreevy's novel of the same name.
Charles (Chic) Eglee ("The Walking Dead," "Dexter," "The Shield") joins the series as showrunner and executive producer in season two. A showrunner is a person who handles the daily operations of a TV series. S/he is accountable to the owners of the series, ensuring that episodes are delivered on time and in accordance with the budget.
The one-hour gothic thriller is produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix.
Though reviews for “Hemlock Grove” were mixed, Netflix said initial streaming audiences were higher than the subscription video-on-demand’s critically acclaimed (and more expensive) political thriller, “House of Cards.”
The series which explores the strange happenings in a small Pennsylvania town, stars Famke Janssen (X-Men), Bill Skarsgard (Simon & The Oaks), Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova), Freya Tingley (X), and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II).
The second season will consist of 10 episodes that will go into production later this year. The sophomore season of "Hemlock Grove" will premiere in 2014.
"In its first season, Eli, Brian, Lee and the team did an incredible job of introducing viewers to a unique world of memorable characters," said Cindy Holland, VP of original content at Netflix, in a statement. "Chic's addition to the show, and his experience on such fan favorites as ''The Walking Dead' will heighten the intensity of the mystery that grips Hemlock Grove."
Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix, which has 36 million subscribers across 40 countries, just announced it will bow service in Holland later this year.