When Fede Alvarez’s reboot of The Evil Dead wowed audiences in 2013, fans were excited for a reinvigoration of the slumbering film franchise. Instead, we got Ash vs Evil Dead, a TV series on Starz that turned future chapters in the ongoing saga into serialized seasons. Things started off strong with Bruce Campbell back as Ash, Sam Raimi directing the premiere episode, and Ted Raimi remaining close to the set as an executive producer.
Unfortunately, the writing’s been on the wall for Ash vs Evil Dead since Season 2 slumped considerably compared to the show’s debut run. Internet piracy, Starz inaccessibility, and changing trends in horror all combined to send the show into a tailspin. Today, Starz announced that the show is officially canceled, coming as a surprise to no one who’s been following its turbulent run.
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Campbell broke the news to his Twitter followers in an emotional Tweet, one that hints strongly that this Season 3 finale will be Ash’s permanent swan song.
Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime.
I will always be grateful to Starz, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and our tireless fans for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers. Thank you! 😎 pic.twitter.com/oNmTopS1Ab
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) April 20, 2018
Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. I will always be grateful to Starz, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and our tireless fans for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers. Thank you!
Amid cries of disappointment comes a Hail Mary in the form of a petition aiming to convince Netflix to acquire Ash vs Evil Dead for Season 4. It may be more a symbolic gesture than a significant bargaining tool, but it can’t hurt to show your support. Feel free to read and add your name to the petition: HERE.
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Official Synopsis: Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) leads the cast, reprising the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, devises her most diabolical plan to defeat Ash and raise hell on earth; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, forever loyal to Jefe (Ash) will realize his true destiny in the battle against evil; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, whose single goal is to kill Ruby and end the Evil Dead torment once and for all.
New to the cast for Season 3 are Arielle Carver-O’Neill (“House Husbands”) as Brandy Barr, Ash’s long-lost daughter left in his care when her mother meets an untimely demise, and Lindsay Farris (“Home and Away,” Primal) as Dalton, leader of an ancient order called the Knights of Sumeria, who seek Ash to lead their fight against The Dark Ones. Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man”) returns as Brock Williams to warn Ash from beyond the grave.
Sam Raimi serves as Executive Producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” “Xena: Warrior Princess”), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”), Ivan Raimi (Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man 3), and Rick Jacobson (“Spartacus”). Mark Verheiden (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Daredevil”) serves as Executive Producer / Showrunner. Ian Williams (“Power”) serves as Co-Producer and Moira Grant (“Spartacus”) serves as Producer.