Netflix Renews ‘Hemlock Grove’ for Season 2

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Hemlock Grove Werewolf Transformation Netflix Renews ‘Hemlock Grove’ for Season 2

It’s something of an age of experimentation for purveyors of serialized entertainment. Not only are television networks better leveraging on-demand and Internet-based platforms for distribution, but entities such as Amazon and Netflix are getting in on the competition for viewers.

Netflix has been especially proactive in this regard, hosting both original shows such as House of Cards and the revival of Arrested Development. Now, the first of these streaming-only offerings has earned itself another season; the werewolf mystery-thriller Hemlock Grove has been confirmed to be returning with new episodes next year.

Hemlock Grove’s producers announced via press release that they have inked a deal with Netflix to create and broadcast a second season of the series, set to be “broadcast” in 2014. Executive producer Eli Roth (The Green Inferno) commented:

“The worldwide fan response to Hemlock Grove was phenomenal… 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.”

Hemlock Grove will add producer Charles H. Eglee (The Walking Dead) to its behind-the-camera talent for season 2. The show will continue to star Bill Skarsgård (Anna Karenina), Dougray Scott (Doctor Who), Famke Janssen (The Wolverine), and Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova).

The first season of Hemlock Grove began with the grisly murder of a teenage girl on the outskirts of the titular town. Caught up in the subsequent investigation, reluctant allies Roman Godfrey and Peter Rumancek began to uncover some of the savage secret past of their hometown – as well as share a few secrets of their own. The series’ blood-spattered finale definitely promised even more werewolf-related mayhem to come.

Hemlock Grove Bill Skarsgard Landon Liboiron Netflix Renews ‘Hemlock Grove’ for Season 2Though the news of Hemlock Grove’s renewal is a great coup for Netflix, one wonders whether the series actually needs a second outing. Despite the enthusiastic praise of producers such as Roth, Hemlock Grove received a lukewarm reception from critics. The first season sports a score of 44 on Metacritic – not exactly a guaranteed stinker, but divisive enough that its quality comes into question.

That said, individual user reviews are far kinder, backed by viewership numbers high enough that Netflix is apparently willing to bankroll another order of episodes. At the very least, the renewal of Hemlock Grove bodes well for the future of Netflix’s distribution model. With properties such as Hemlock Grove, the streaming service is cutting a path toward a new paradigm of television viewership – a paradigm that’s been fascinating to watch emerge.


Hemlock Grove will debut its next season in 2014. Its first run of episodes is currently available for streaming via Netflix.

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  1. The first series was a slow start but caught your attention at the end of each show! Don’t like all the series released at the same time. You get done watching and have a long wait till the next series. Awesome show no complaints

    • WHEN is season 3????


  3. AMAZING SERIES. I dont understand why the majority of the better shows end up being cancelled. This is certainly one of them- the whole series had me at the end of my seat. I like how Hemlock Grove doesnt give u all the answers right away either… but ur left to comtemplate your own theories and to sort of the clues given and actually USE YOUR BRAIN. Hemlock Grove is a sight for sore eyes since it is probably one of the best series Ive seen in a while. Amazing- Horror, Mystery, Violence & Monsters all rolled up into one big accomplishment that is Hemlock Grove.

  4. hemlock grove needs another season because there is still questions to be answered if it was canceled in the first season id be extremely mad

  5. I Loved the entire season!!!! I can’t wait for it to return next year. A great storyline as well as an excellent cast.

  6. I love this show can’t wait for Season 2!!!!

  7. The thing is, what critics say doesn’t matter. With these new avenues of distribution, companies like Netflix can see exactly how many people watched a show, how many episodes they watched, and how they rated it. There’s no flawed data like you get with Neilsen ratings. Now good shows won’t get cancelled after one season because instead of relying on critics and flawed data, they can see what real fans actually like. With the internet, there’s simply no reason to read critic reviews when you can instead open lines of discussion with actual consumers directly. Moreover, most professional reviewers don’t “get” the genre. Most of the bad reviews of Hemlock Grove showed a basic misunderstanding of what surrealist paranormal drama even is.

    • Exactly, even criticism of the acting, which focused on the actors being over the top, wooden,etc.misses entirely the nature and genre of the show. Some expected traditional fantasy or horror I suspect and Hemlock Grove, while having elements of both, fits such genres about as well as any film of the Coen Brothers fits the genres they are a homage to or are generally classified as. Which is to say, not at all.

      I think professional reviews, critics, and audience reviews all have a place but that place is not nearly as simply separated and defined as it once was.

  8. I don’t know why this article brings up that critics didn’t like it that much. It seems that critics don’t rank anything too kindly ever anyways. People love this show and it’s entertaining so the critics can go fly a kite in my opinion. The people don’t care if a show is critically acclaimed as long as it’s entertaining.

  9. The people loved it, but half wit critics wanna tell us what to watch. :O what else is new.

  10. Loved Hemlock Grove season 1. Yes – some of the acting is wooded, yes some of the storylines don’t make sense, but it all works and is really enjoyable.


  12. I love the show!!!
    I really hope they make season 2, HEMLOCK GROVE was very interesting, kept me holding on to my seat, wondering what’s going to happen next! I LOVED IT!!!!

  13. Hemlock grove needs more season it is a great show I want more waiting

  14. I want the dates that my favorite programs are going to be released on Netflix, when I pull them up to see. It never gives a date. I finally found out that *Orange is the new Black*, only by mouth and news. It was forever before I found it on line,

    I want to know when the 2nd season of *Bitten* and *Hemlock Grove* will be out ??????

    • Hemlock Grove is out on July 11th!

  15. Fabulous series great show can’t wait for season 2

  16. Love the show there was some wait on season2 hopefully Season 3 won’t take so long cause both seasons of orange is the new black came out before season 2 of hemlock grove just saying

  17. I would love to see a season 3. I love the show.

  18. There deff needs to be a third season !

  19. Getting tired of “critics” determining whether a series is good or not…there are so many shows that are cancelled that shouldn’t have been and a lot of crappy shoes that continue to get renewed! I like this series and can’t wait for season 3!