Stan Against Evil has been a solid ratings performer for IFC. Its November 2 premiere episode drew 679,000 total viewers in Live+3, making it the network’s highest-rated original series premiere in more than a year, since the Documentary Now Season 1 debut in August 2015.
Created by Dana Gould and starring John C. McGinley and Janet Varney, Stan Against Evil follows Stan Miller (McGinley), a perpetually disgruntled former sheriff of a small New England town who was forced into retirement. Stan has trouble relinquishing his authority to Evie Barret (Varney), the tough and beautiful new sheriff in town, but they form an unlikely alliance when both begin to realize things are not quite right in their quaint New England town. Together, they valiantly fight a plague of unleashed demons that have been haunting the town, which just happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning.
Tom Lassally executive produces with Gould. RadicalMedia produces the series with Frank Scherma and Justin Wilkes executive producing. McGinley also serves as a producer. Deborah Baker Jr. and Nate Mooney co-star.
“Stan Against Evil instantly connected with IFC viewers, making it one of the network’s most popular original series launches to date,” said Jennifer Caserta, President of IFC. “IFC is thrilled for another season of keeping Willard’s Mill safe from demons, monsters and succubuses, and we are enormously grateful for the talented John C. McGinley and Janet Varney, along with master storyteller Dana Gould, for bringing this oddly wonderful world to life.”
“It was so great to see Stan connect with its fans. Thanks to DVRs, the audience more than doubled each week. That amazed me,” said creator Dana Gould. “I love the characters and I love the world, and I’m very grateful we all get to go back to Willard’s Mill and blow up more stuff.”