"Hemlock Grove"

“Hemlock Grove”

Fans of Hemlock Grove, rejoice! Netflix has recently announced that they have renewed the divisive, small time supernatural soap opera, joining the ranks of Lilyhammer and House of Cards. Now with a 10-episode order, three shorter than that of its inaugural run, executive producer Eli Roth released a statement saying, “Netflix members loved the potent combination of sexy monsters, mystery, and the dark family soap opera that ended with a huge twist, leaving audiences worldwide totally shocked. Season One was just a warm up for what we have in store for Season Two. Get ready to be scared in ways you never expected.”While one had to truly be expecting anything from the Netflix Original Series  to have those expectations defied, this season offers a terrific opportunity to the series runners to live up to the potential presented in the first season. In spite of the merits of the show, this news does mean something very exciting for the growing industry of online exclusive content. With some television now taking deep root in online outlets, it will be quite interesting in the years to come to see just what that will end up meaning.

Bill Skarsgaard in "Hemlock Grove"

Bill Skarsgaard in “Hemlock Grove”

The First Season, which was also Eli Roth’s first foray into television programming, featured Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Bill Skarsgaard, Landon Liboiron and Lili Taylor, as well as a plethora of others cast members within the convoluted Twin Peaks-inspired series. The show had reportedly been a hit for Netflix, who claimed that the views and ratings had been higher than that of their first original production, House of Cards. However, the series was very polarizing within the horror community, with many ardent critics focusing on the writing and over-utilized, poorly rendered CGI effects as the series weakest elements.

In addition to the Second Season, the series has also gained a new Executive Producer in The Shield and The Walking Dead producer Charles “Chic” Eglee, who joins Eli Roth and Hemlock Grove novel writer Brian McGreevy as the key creative influences on the program. No word has been given on the budget or casting of the Second Season, as many key players will likely not return due to their fates within the First Season. For more news on Hemlock Grove’s Second Season, check back to DiaboliqueMagazine.com!

By Catherine Kovach