IGN had the opportunity to visit the set of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” during the filming of Season 2 (see our Episode 2.01 review here), and they’ve been rolling out a few of the tidbits they learned while there. Today’s is a blockbuster for fans of the original Evil Dead films…
Exec producer Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell confirmed that the character of Cheryl Williams, Ash’s sister from the original The Evil Dead, will appear in the upcoming season. Ellen Sandweiss, who portrayed Cheryl in the 1981 film, will return to guest star as the character.
“Ash’s sister makes a tiny little guest appearance, causes a little commotion,” Tapert said.
Campbell explains why Cheryl, who turned into a demon and then was killed by her brother in the original film, is coming back. Basically, it’s fan service. “Well, it’s all street cred,” Campbell said of the decision to tie the TV series in so deeply with the films. “It’s like fried pork rinds to the fans. Like, ‘Ah, that’s Cheryl! Shit! She’s back!’ I think it’ll freak them out, and that’s the idea… it’s gonna look really accurate [to the original film].”
About “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season 2:
“Ash vs. Evil Dead,” a 10-episode half-hour series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film, The Evil Dead.
The second season roars back into action in October 2016 with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby Knowby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead. Lee Majors (Do You Believe), Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” Spider-Man), and Michelle Hurd (“Law & Order: SVU”) join the series this year as Brock Williams, Ash’s father; Chet Kaminski, Ash’s childhood best friend; and Linda, Ash’s high school love, respectively.
Sam Raimi serves as executive producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”), and Ivan Raimi (Drag Me to Hell, Spider-Man 3) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”), who serves as executive producer/showrunner. Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Moira Grant (“Spartacus”) serve as producers.
Watch “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season One: The full first season of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” can be viewed now on the Starz App on Chromecast, Apple TV (4th generation and newer), iPhones and iPads running iOS 7.0 or higher, Google Nexus Player, Sony Android TV, and Roku as well as most Android phones, tablets, and TV devices.