DEVENS -- There hasn't been a television series produced in Massachusetts since the development of the suspense program "Spenser: For Hire," which ran on ABC from 1985 to 1988.

It's a factoid shared by Chris Byers, New England Studios' director of marketing and operations, as well as the studio's founder, before he stesses that it won't be quiet on the set much longer.

The wait for Massachusetts has ended with the production of the 10-episode series "Castle Rock," on the 28-acre plot in Devens that houses New England Studios.

Described by Hulu as a "psychological-horror series," from well-known executive producer J.J. Abrams and author Stephen King, Byers points out that when New England Studios officially opened in 2013, this is what creators had in mind.

"This series is really what we were gearing towards," said Byers, a Lowell native. "It was to bring series television to Massachusetts -- to bring it back. This coming here is what New England Studios was geared to do."

The notoriety of the high-profile series and the presence of the film industry in the state also offers a forum for marketing, as well as job-creation throughout the area.

"I can't speak to anything at this time, but we're hoping that this is the first of many television series, which is going to increase the work pool and increase the size of the infrastructure for the industry here," Byers said.

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