Update: It's happening. Netflix has made it official.
It's looking more and more like Netflix will renew the show Hemlock Grove for a second season. To be clear, this is still unconfirmed, but pretty much all the signs indicate a renewal is likely.
When we reached out to Netflix to ask about it a couple weeks ago, the company told us it had not made any decision on it yet. Officially, it would appear that is still the case. However, Dean O'Dell, the show's art director recently indicated that he thinks the second season will happen. On Twitter, he told us Netflix should confirm "very soon":
— Dean A. O'Dell (@daodell) June 17, 2013
While Netflix hasn't confirmed, the company has been talking about the show, with apparently nothing but good things to say about its initial run.
Yahoo News reporter Peter Nowak writes that Netflix considers Hemlock Grove a "success," despite negative reviews from critics.
He quotes Netflix Director of Product Innovation Chris Jaffe as saying, “It’s one of those things where critics were saying one thing, but the popular audience was another. If you look at Twitter, it was crazy. The Internet and data allow us to thin slice it even more. A show like this doesn’t have to be watched by 90 million people. If shows find audiences, we can see that and make relative judgments there. It doesn’t have to be as cold and calculating as a formula.”
To me, that sounds like the show has a pretty high chance of being renewed.
Update: It sounds like Eli Roth, who served as executive producer and director on some episodes, would be happy for a second season. He retweeted this today:
— Bruna Miranda (@Brubs00) June 19, 2013