One way or another, things will never be the same in the world of The Evil Dead.
Though ratings are up, Ash vs Evil Dead is struggling for survival, facing the threat of cancellation if the current 3rd Season doesn’t bring viewers in like gangbusters. In a recent interview with Assignment X, Bruce Campbell (better known to horror fans as Ash J. Williams) doesn’t mince words when it comes to the future of the show.
Per Assignment X:
On the Current State of Ash vs Evil Dead: “Because OUTLANDER was their [Starz’s] show that really took off. They could clearly see that that was a popular show. With us, it’s been harder to gauge, because our fans come to the table a little late. They don’t always dive on that knob to see that weekly show. So we’re not a slam-dunk, but we’re in a hundred countries, and we’ve never had better ratings as far as the audience response. Even the critics on this one have been very kind. So it’s performing really well in some areas, and not well in others.”
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On the End of Season 3: “We’re prepared story-wise to do whatever. Ash can continue. We’re going to burn the place down, though. By the end of Season 3, nothing is the same, nothing. There’s no going back at the end of this season. So it’s good that we’ve watched it, and out of respect to the fans, we did enough of a wrap-up of some storylines that they can go, ‘Okay, cool.’”
On the Future of Ash if Ash vs Evil Dead is Cancelled: “That it may be game over for Ash. He is mortal. That’s it.”
Check out a behind-the-scenes featurette from Ash vs Evil Dead below.
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.
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