The first episode of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season 2, titled “Home,” has been submitted as Starz’s paid entry on the TV academy’s FYC website, Gold Derby has learned exclusively. While the Emmy site is updated frequently, as of this writing “Ash vs Evil Dead” is one of only a few Best Comedy Series contenders that have episodes available for voters to watch on their laptops, tablets and phones. This episode may not necessarily be Starz’s official Emmy submission following the nominations, but the premium network feels confident enough to present it to voters to begin the awards conversation.
In our recent webcam chat with the show’s iconic star Bruce Campbell, he told us, “The first ‘Evil Dead,’ we didn’t even think we were going to finish the movie. So this is all making it up as we go along, tap dancing as fast as we can.” Based on the cult horror franchise, the show finds Ash Williams once again battling the undead to save mankind. In the second season, Ash returns to his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan, giving fans an opportunity to find out more about the beloved character.
While the first season only nabbed a 75 score at Metacritic, Season 2 jumped up to 82 rating. Michael Roffman (The A.V. Club) raved, “It’s chewy popcorn television, where everything zips by at face value, from the laughs to the thrills to the kills, and once again, ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ delivers this mayhem with gutsy results.” And Melanie McFarland (Salon) wrote, “The story hits the gas immediately in Season 2, juicing up the excellent comedic chemistry … while taking the story into fraught emotional spaces for Ash.”
Below, see a detailed look at Starz’s Emmy FYC entry for “Ash vs Evil Dead.”
Airdate: October 2, 2016
Written by: Craig DiGregorio
Directed by: Rick Jacobson
Emmy FYC synopsis: The party is over when Ash, Pablo and Kelly are summoned by Ruby back to Ash’s hometown to form an unlikely alliance. Ash’s dad Brock, and the local pub give a chilly welcome to the man who’s come to save them from evil.
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