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EVIL Premieres at Comic Con

By on July 19, 2019

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By Pauline Perenack 

One of the first shows to premiere this year at Comic Con was the upcoming CBS drama, Evil. From the creative minds of Robert and Michelle King (of The Good Wife), Evil is about a clinical psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a contractor as they investigate potential possessions, miracles, and other unexplainable situations to see if it can be explained by science, or if something supernatural is happening.

After watching the pilot, series stars Mike Colter, Michael Emerson, Katja Herbers, and Aasif Mandvi came out with the Kings to discuss the show, and what viewers can expect throughout the season. As such, here are a few things we learned.

  1. Colter explains that all the characters are simply searching for the truth, regardless of whether that truth proves their beliefs right or wrong. He said this is what drives his character.
  2. Colter was introduced to the show through the Kings, with whom he’s kept in contact from The Good Wife.
  3. Herbers explains that she’s never met the actor who plays the demon George, and has only ever seen him in the demon suit – meaning she’d never recognize him on the street.
  4. All demons in the show have “David Lynch bland town kind of names” according to Robert King.
  5. Mandvi says his character is like the MacGyver of the show. He’s always able to figure out things that explain the weird happenings.
  6. Emerson says that his character has a long way for redemption, and that he’s a full on scary guy.
  7. Colter says that they’re out to create a show where viewers can find something they didn’t know they were looking for.
  8. The series will have a strong serialized feel to it, but people could easily start watching on any episode. There will be a puzzle aspect to it, that’ll make viewers want to return each week, but it definitely won’t be a possession of the week kind of show.
  9. Emerson is only in about 10 episodes of the series
  10. Attendees at the panel saw a version of the pilot that no one else will see, as Christine Lahti has been recast as Herbers’ mother.

Overall, although Evil is capable of delivering the scares, there is still some smoothing out to be done. The demon that visits Herbers’ character felt very computer generated which took away from the suspense, and the acting in a few scenes was suspect. I think once everyone settles into their characters, and the show finds its footing, it could be pretty creepy, but I’m not sure it’ll find an audience before that happens.

Evil will premiere on CBS on Sept. 26.

 

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