Several days ahead of the series premiere, Starz has renewed Ash Vs Evil Dead for a second season to air in 2016. The network has not specified the size of the episode order, but season two is expected to consist of at least ten episodes – matching the size of the order for season one.
Ash Vs Evil Dead follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from “Evil’s” grip.
The series, which has been in the works at Starz for more than a year, is a sequel to The Evil Dead feature film series and sees Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ash. Other cast members include Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), Ray Santiago (Touch), Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) and Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow).
This kind of an early renewal is far from an unprecedented move for Starz. The premium cable network has previously picked up several of theirs series – including Spartacus, Boss, Da Vinci’s Demons and Black Sails – for second seasons ahead of their respective series premieres. In this instance the network said that the decision to hand out an early renewal to Ash Vs Evil Dead was motivated by the fan response to the series at recent screenings and strong support from the press.
“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.”
Starz’s international sales division Starz Worldwide Distribution has been doing a lot of business on Ash Vs Evil Dead and have sealed deals with international broadcasters in a number of territories including Amedia in Russia, C More in Scandinavia, Fox Latin America Channels, Sky TV in New Zealand, Stan in Australia, Starz Play Arabia in the Middle East & North Africa and Super Channel in Canada. A UK deal for the series has not yet been agreed.