It’s that time of year again when networks put some shows on the chopping block and other series get renewed for another year. IFC announced that Stan Against Evil will get a season two and WGN America cancelled Salem after the current season.
Stan Against Evil stars John C. McGinley as a retired sheriff of a small town that is inhabited by demons. He loses his sheriff job after his wife dies and is replaced by a female sheriff, Evie Barret. Everything is not as it seems in the sleepy little town when it is revealed that all sheriffs are cursed to be killed and Stan was only saved because of his demon hunting wife.
In the early days of the city’s settlement, a corrupt sheriff burned innocent people at the stake and it’s these restless souls that haunt the town.
He discovers her stash of weapons and books and begrudgingly offers to help Evie rid the town of vengeful spirits. It was clear from the beginning that the show was a more family friendly doppelganger of Ash Vs. The Evil Dead. I starred an older curmudgeon that must defend himself from demons. It even has a similar 30-minute episode time.
The show’s audience has grown steadily since its premiere and it has earned a sophomore season.
WGN America’s first scripted series Salem won’t be back next year. The series tells the tale of witch May Sibley as she tried to maneuver through a male dominated society and raise the devil. She is tempted to the path goodness thanks to her true love John Alden.
The first season was amazing, but it was followed by a dismal second season that couldn’t even be helped with the introduction of Lucy Lawless. The third season has so far been a drastic improvement, but it wasn’t enough to save it for another year.
Apparently, the creators were aware of this ahead of time and could craft a satisfactory ending to Mary Sibley’s often tragic story.