‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ Grabs Early Season 2 Renewal From Starz

Ash vs Evil Dead renewed season
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Starz has given “The Evil Dead” fans an early Halloween treat by confirming that “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” has been renewed for a second season, four days prior to its premiere.

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. The drama, exec produced by “Evil Dead” masterminds Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, bows Saturday, Halloween night, on the premium cabler. Craig DiGregorio is showrunner.

Bruce Campbell reprises his role from the 1981 movie, playing an aging lothario who wields a chainsaw hand in his hunt for evil-minded monsters. Lucy Lawless also stars. The movie spawned a 1987 sequel and numerous videogame spinoffs.

“One season isn’t enough to satisfy the fans’ two decade-long appetite for more Ash,” said Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz. “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.”

The second season renewal is no surprise as Starz frequently gives early pickups to its in-house productions. That certainty of more episodes to come allows the show to better amortize production expenditures. Starz has ordered another 10 episodes for season two.

Given the notoriety of the “Evil Dead” film franchise, Starz had no trouble selling “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” to TV outlets in more than 100 territories worldwide.


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  1. Dave says:

    Give me some sugar baby! and a season 2 please!!

  2. Whitey says:

    AWSOME! Can’t wait for more. Bruce is outstanding as always and GROOVY.

  3. Hannover says:

    The movie spawned TWO sequels. Come on Variety, you’re leaving out Army of Darkness (1992) which, while not called Evil Dead 3, is indeed the 3rd movie of the trillogy. Do your dang homework. What are you, 19 years old or something?

  4. Tracy colmenero says:

    Don’t get too excited people they did this with magic city and then cancelled it in the second season way to go start

  5. Luke Ball says:

    Hey Starz, if you are reading this, I just added your channel just for this one show. Thanks!

  6. Bogga tooga fooga says:

    Seriously… Starz? To the torrent sites!

    • Jedi77 says:

      Now, that is exactly the kind of behaviour that is going to get the show cancelled.

      While I agree that Starz is a network generally scorned by the target audience of “Ash”, if Ash is going to thrive it needs ratings. The better the ratings, the more likely it is that Starz will change its style away from girlyteenyweepy shit to more adult themed fare.
      Think about that before you torrent “Ash”…

      • Well… make it available to see! Enough with the cable bullshit – are you saying it costs at least $60 a month TO SEE THE DAMN THING!?! That’s why!!!! If it’s not also put on VOD for people to enjoy without buying a product from an ISP, and cable provider, AND the Starz! package – it’s all bullshit. If it’s not put on multiple platforms, it’s their own fault.

  7. Ugnut says:

    What about Army of Darkeness?

    • Phil says:

      Yes there are three in the trilogy but in the Ash vs Evil Dead world Army of Darkness never happened. They couldn’t include it due to copyright issues or something,

    • Randall Starr, you are aware that Starz, HBO and several other premium channels are available as stand alone purchases for around $10/mo no cable channel needed right? If not welcome to the current landscape of TV where copyright infringement is easy to avoid and affordable too!

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