Starz renews Ash vs Evil Dead in advance of premiere

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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. 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.

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. 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. 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. Starz STRZA, +2.10% STRZB, -0.21% is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.

As of June 30, 2015, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 56.8 million subscribers, including 23.5 million at STARZ, and 33.3 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S. STARZ [®] and ENCORE [®] , along with Starz Networks’ third network MOVIEPLEX [®] , air more than 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY.

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