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‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ already picked up for second season

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Ash vs Evil Dead.

The 10-episode half-hour series, set to debut on Halloween on Saturday, stars Bruce Campbell and reunites him with the original Evil Dead filmmakers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct 28, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Ahead of its Halloween premiere, STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” has earned an early renewal for a second season from Starz.Campbell returns as Ash Williams, an obnoxious, self-centered monster hunter who battles a legion of demonic spirits known as Deadites, which he and his friends accidentally unleashed in the first movie. (That tale is briefly told in the series premiere, appropriately on Halloween.) Sam Raimi also returns to direct the first episode.

Raimi previously spoke with EW about the decision to go with a television series instead of another film, saying, “It just so happens that the world had changed so much that it seemed like cable TV was the place for the next Evil Dead.” “… [The audience] can really get to know him and hate him and love him,” he said, referring to Ash, “and they’ll get exasperated by his outrageous and sometimes foolish decisions, his big ego, and his blowhard nature. The cast includes Lucy Lawless as the mysterious Ruby; Ray Santiago as Ash’s new sidekick, Pablo; Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly, who wants payback for what the Deadites did to her family; and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda, a cop who blames Ash for the death of her partner. “It would be silly for us to rip the fans off by giving them a watered-down version of this series,” he said. “So the beauty of working with Starz is we have no content restriction whatsoever, and that’s vitally important as filmmakers.” Raimi agreed that it’s “really important that we fulfill our obligations to the fans who’ve asked us to make this either as a movie or a series” because “they have certain expectations.” They expect excessive violence, horrific gore and humor — and the TV series delivers all three to a fan base that has been “relentless” in demanding more, according to Campbell. The series has generated strong buzz among horror fans as Starz has stoked anticipation for its return for months with well-placed screenings and online ballyhoo. Lucy Lawless (Spartacus) is also set to return in season two as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the evil outbreaks. “One season isn’t enough to satisfy the fans’ two decade-long appetite for more Ash,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said. “The early fan and press support, along with the international broadcaster demand for more story have made it clear that the adventures of Ash Williams can’t end with season one.” Starz, which retains domestic and international multiplatform rights, announced global licensing deals in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide as the series will premiere simultaneously around the globe.

It just takes a long time to get over yourself and realize that that’s the audience you want to entertain.” “There’s a little bit of the humor,” he understated. “We’ve tried to always maintain the balance between those. Ash joins a roster of originals that include comedy Blunt Talk — picked up straight to series for two seasons — Outlander, American Gods, Survivor’s Remorse, Havana Quartet, Power, The Girlfriend Experience, Black Sails, The Missing, The One Percent and the final season of DaVinci’s Demons. But I think it’s Bruce Campbell [and] his character which has kept it unique and keeps people now coming back to see these movies again and again.” “I think Sam is very astute in his answer,” said Campbell, demonstrating that the character he plays isn’t that far removed from the real Bruce Campbell. Starz, which doesn’t develop via the traditional pilot model, has a history of handing out early renewals with the cabler looking at the renewal as both a show of faith as well as a way of allowing the series to find itself.

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