Join Ussss… Join Ussss…. For The New ‘Evil Dead’ Reboot

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‘The Walking Dead’ renewed for Season 7; ‘Exorcism Live!,’ ‘Ash vs Evil Dead,’ more Halloween TV.

There are no limits to how far Bruce Campbell is willing to go for his fans. “I’ve choked and been blinded for you, the viewer,” the actor told Variety of playing the role of demon fighter Ash Williams in the “Evil Dead” film series. Here’s a round-up of news, and Halloween-y programs to watch this weekend. “The Walking Dead” lives!: In no surprise to anyone, AMC has renewed its undead megahit, “The Walking Dead,” for Season 7.

Campbell, as Ash Williams, fought back against an onslaught of monsters from beyond at a remote cabin — thus setting a template for backwoods terror that continues into the genre’s modern incarnations. Sunday talk shows: “Capital Download” (WUSA at 8:30 a.m.) talks to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 8) hosts Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina; “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) hosts Mary Dimmock for a discussion about myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features GOP presidential candidate John Kasich; “Government Matters” (WJLA at 9) hosts Maria Roat, chief technology officer at the Transportation Department; “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) talks to Rep. In a press release, AMC modestly reminds us that the zombie thriller, which recently started Season 6, is the top show on TV among viewers aged 18-49, which are exactly the demographic group advertisers most want to get their mitts on. Ash and ye shall receive II: Today at 2 and 8 p.m. are chances to get splattered with gore courtesy of “Evil Dead the Musical,” at the Byham Theater, Downtown (tickets: $50-$75; or 412-456-6666): The only musical in the world with a splatter zone, this live stage show combines elements from the horror films “Evil Dead 1 & 2” and “Army of Darkness.” as five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. Evil Dead,” premiering Saturday on Starz, feels like a king-size-candy-bar bonanza for a holiday sorely in need of full-contact, rock-and-roll gross-outs and good times.

Deadly, but adorable: Baboon Creation, a Montreal-based graphics design firm specializing in branding, has had fun all October, each day adding a cute, classic horror character to a lineup of killer GIFs. Starz has already renewed the gory horror-comedy for a second season, counting on the property’s rabid fan support before they’ve even seen the show. Sunday night on “Madam Secretary” (CBS at 8), Elizabeth and President Dalton are wary of a power grab within the Russian government in the wake of President Ostrov’s death. One day, it’s “Halloween’s” Michael Myers, skipping along with a pumpkin treat bag, another, Frankenstein’s monster (wearing a Flash T-shirt). RETURNING SHOW: The team gathers to investigate a mysterious storm threatening Manhattan in the two-hour season premiere of “The Librarians” (TNT at 8).

Here are some highlights: Exorcism: Live!”: Feel free to raise an eyebrow, but Destination America wants us all to get excited about what they’re calling the first-ever live television exorcism. The Returned (10 p.m., Sundance) – If you like your zombie shows a little on the arty side, the second season of this excellent French series returns tonight.

Pablo Echeverri, one of the designers, said, “It’s just our way of paying tribute to the films we love.” Check them out (and download) at Evil Dead’s” premiere, Campbell sat down with Variety to tell us where we’ll find Ash after all these years, the appeal of changing the medium to television and why it took so long for his return to the franchise that launched his career. SERIES PREMIERE: “Breakthrough” (Nat Geo at 9) explores innovative science and inventions, starting with a look at pioneering efforts to fight future pandemics.

View Archive Once again dipping into the lore and gore of a franchise begun with his 1981 hit cult film “The Evil Dead,” creator Sam Raimi and his collaborators have found a strange but perfect node between ghastly horror and glib humor, a style that is often duplicated but never quite matches an “Evil Dead” gestalt. Candy, crushed: Pop culture site has taken its sweet time rating the most common Halloween candies, but here are highlights from its list.

SERIES PREMIERE: On “The Demon Files” (Destination America at 10), a cop turned demonologist and his team investigate possible paranormal activity in the home of a family that says they’re plagued by attacks. The sequels (and video games and other pop-cult whatnot) have come and gone, but this 10-episode series can be viewed anew, without having to go back and do the remedial coursework. (Everything you need to know about “Evil Dead’s” past is summed up rather artfully in the first episode.) Actor Bruce Campbell, “Evil Dead’s” integral hero, reprises his role here as Ashley J. “Ash” Williams. This is, Destination America says, the true-life case that inspired “The Exorcist.” And “no one has ever attempt to cleanse the house of the spirits and demons that remain there, until now,” says the press release.

In the years since he last tussled with the demonic creatures he calls the “Deadites,” Ash has been keeping a low profile in rural Michigan, living in a trailer park and once again working as a clerk in an appliance store. Members of the cast of the Destination America series, “Ghost Asylum,” including “the Tennessee Wraith Chasers,” will be on hand, along with “psychic medium” Chip Coffey. No arguing with No. 27, however: Jack-o-Lantern peeps (“Gross at Easter, worse at Halloween.”) New “Horror”: Laverne Cox of “Orange Is the New Black” will get her “sweet transvestite” on for Fox’s two-hour taped reimagining of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” set to air in fall of next year.

A little heavier, a little less suave — but still a ladies’ man — Ash unwittingly comes back to bat when the evil from beyond returns to raise hell. “It’s probably the most fun character there is to play,” said Mr. Not only can viewers watch from the safety of their presumably demon-free homes, they can watch live camera feeds on their computers and comment on any nasty spirits that may spot. Friday, Oct. 30 on Destination America 201/776 Comcast; 168/668 Frontier; 194 Dish; 286 DirecTV; 203 Wave Broadband.) “Evil Dead Movie Marathon”: To get fans warmed up for the undead action of the new series, “Ash vs Evil Dead,” Starz airs “The Evil Dead” at 8 p.m.; “Evil Dead II” at 9:30 p.m.; and “Army of Darkness” at 10:55 p.m. Despite their frightening makeup and acrobatic abilities, the Deadites are still hams who have a delightful gift for gab: “Stop fussin,’ muffin — I just want to put [my fingernails] through your eyes,” hisses Ash’s now-possessed landlady. Evil Dead” is a reminder of how solemn we’ve become since AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (followed by “Fear the Walking Dead”) came into our lives.

The Deadites no longer fit our strict definitions of what a zombie should be; their clownishness (which is to say their essential harmlessness) seems almost outré now that we’re so deeply invested in “The Walking Dead’s” realism and a narrative in which beloved characters often lose the battle and meet their demise. Saturday, Oct. 31 on FX) “The Simpsons” “Treehouse of Horror” episode marathon: All 25 of the annual Halloween episodes air in order, beginning with “Treehouse of Horror I.” (11:30 a.m. When the stump of Ash’s right arm connects once more with his famous chain saw, you know it’s time to party, and pretty soon everything in the show looks like an explosion at the Ragú spaghetti sauce factory. Evil Dead” effectively jumps over the third film as well as the end of the second as a starting point. “That’s not material that we can do legally, so we’re not going to do it,” he said. “It’s a whole complicated bunch of legal mambo jumbo that’s not even worth going into. “I’m just really grateful that it all worked out.

Yes, this is the same show that A&E remade as a U.S. version — a pointless and possibly insulting exercise, much as when Fox remade “Broadchurch” as a stink bomb called “Gracepoint.” Back in the sad little lake town in the Rhone-Alpes region of France, things are the same as far as the mood and the pacing go, but something ineffably crucial about the show has changed since its first season. The story is still focused on the fact that some residents of the town who had died in years past began mysteriously returning, not as zombies so much as living ghosts, with no explanation for their resurrection. One problem with the series now is the feeling that it has been too long since we left off — literally hundreds of new shows have come along in the two years since Season 1 aired, which means that watching “The Returned” is like attempting to recover a set of dim, subtitled memories. Campbell said of the remake, which was far more serious in tone than its antecedents. “It has nothing to do with anything, but I wanted to [cameo].” Despite some time line disparities, what fans crave will return, including the “classic” ‘73 Delta 88 that made appearances in all three films. It also feels as if Gobert and company are pawing around in the dark, looking for a way to extend “The Returned” and not coming up with anything other than to further puzzle the viewer.

Others may find that the show still hits just the right spot between beauty and philosophical creepiness, but two episodes in, I was elegantly yet irretrievably bored out of my mind.

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