It’ll be a double celebration tonight on Hollywood Boulevard for director/executive producer Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless and the rest of the Ash Vs. Evil Dead gang. Not only will they be whooping it up at the Starz series’ red-carpet premiere at the Chinese Theater with a performance by Iggy Pop, but they’ll also probably be pulling the chainsaw cord in joy over being picked up for a second season.
Just days before the October 31 debut of the 10-episode series based on the Evil Dead movie franchise, the premium cabler today said the show will be back for another round. “One season isn’t enough to satisfy the fans’ two-decade-long appetite for more Ash,” said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik. “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 1.” Season 2 of Ash Vs. Evil Dead is expected to air in late 2016.
No official word on how many episodes the second season will be, but I’m hearing it is likely to be as at least as long as Season 1’s 10-episodes. Among the cast, we know for sure Campbell will obviously be returning as Ash and Lawless will be back as the mysterious Ruby. Raimi, Robert Tapert and Campbell will be back as exec producers as will Craig DiGregorio, who will continue as showrunner.
Having directed the original Evil Dead in 1981 and its first two sequels, Raimi helmed the pilot for the TV series and may be back for more in Season 2; he promised fans at Comic-Con this summer that if Ash Vs. Evil Dead got picked up for another season he would get behind the camera again.