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NYCC 2017: ‘Stan Against Evil’ Panel
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It’s that special time of year again, New York Comic-Con has arrived. Running through Sunday, the annual event once contained to the Jacob Javits Convention Center now sprawls across Manhattan. Professional Day opened at 9:30 AM at the New York Public Library located at 5th avenue and 42nd Street and events are also emanating from the theater at Madison Square Garden and Hammerstein Ballroom. I spent most of Day 1 located at Hammerstein with the gang from IFC’s Stan Against Evil. The horror comedy begins its second season on November 1st, and creator, writer, and producer Dana Gould as well as stars Janet Varney (Evie) and Stan himself, John C. McGinley took the stage to entertain the crowd.

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‘Stan Against Evil’ Renewed for Season 2!
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Horror is this “it” thing on TV right now, and horror-comedy is even better. Ash vs. Evil Dead just wrapped a second great season on Starz, and has already been renewed for season 3. Scream Queens is blending horror and insane comedy on FOX Tuesday nights. This fall, IFC joined the party with Dana Gould’s Stan Against Evil which premiered in early November. I watched the pilot back at NYCC in October and it instantly hooked me. Stan is played by John C. McGinley who brings the same rough sarcasm he did as Dr. Perry Cox on Scrubs only this time with a shade of melancholy. The show ran a limited run of 8 half hour episodes, run back to back for four straight weeks. IFC has just renewed Stan for a second season.

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TV Review: Stan Against Evil 1.8 “Level Boss”
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Stan Against Evil
Episode 1.8 “Level Boss”
Directed by Justin Njim & Jack Bishop
Written by Dana Gould & Jessica Conrad
Starring John C. McGinley, Deborah Baker Jr., Janet Varney, Nate Mooney
IFC
Air date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016, 10pm

IFC aired the two-part Season 1 finale last Wednesday for Stan Against Evil. Check out my full review of the first part, Episode 1.7.

Spoilers below for Episode 8, the second part of the Season 1 finale of Stan Against Evil:

We open with a girl streaking out onto the highway and causing a massive car accident leaving Stan pinned under the car and Evie takes out her frustrations by shooting the girl”¦

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TV Review: Stan Against Evil 1.5 “Ouija Bored” & 1.6 “I’m Gleaning My Coven”
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Stan Against Evil
Episode 1.5 “Ouija Bored” & 1.6 “I’m Gleaning my Coven”
Directed by Jack Bishop & Justin Njim (1.5, 1.6)
Written by Jessica Conrad (1.5) & Susan Burke (1.6)
Created by Dana Gould
Starring John C. McGinley, Deborah Baker Jr., Janet Varney, Nate Mooney
IFC
Air date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, 10pm

Last week on Stan Against Evil, Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) and new sheriff of Willard’s Mill Evie Barret (Janet Varney) were able to fight off a succubus, a pig demon, and demon preacher. They are trudging away on the list of 172 demons out to get them in revenge for a town curse. We open this week’s two-pack of episodes with flashback to Claire Miller (Susan Williams), the demon huntress doing her thing before succumbing to a heart attack mid-battle. Before she died she uprooted a scary looking flower monster… but now they’re everywhere.

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TV Review: Stan Against Evil 1.2 “Know, Know, Know Your Goat”
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Stan Against Evil
Episode 1.2 “Know, Know, Know Your Goat”
Directed by Jack Bishop & Justin Nijm
Written by Dana Gould
Created by Dana Gould
Starring John C. McGinley, Deborah Baker Jr., Janet Varney, Nate Mooney
IFC
Air date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 10pm

Debuting at NYCC, Stan Against Evil was created by Dana Gould, former writer for The Simpsons. Imagine your significant other, your soulmate, your one and only has passed away. Now imagine that in the aftermath you discover a secret that completely changes everything. That is what is happening to Sheriff Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) of Willard’s Mill, New Hampshire. Now alone with his odd daughter Denise (Deborah Baker Jr.) he is fired after an incident at his wife, Claire’s funeral. Stan has old world views and is thus aghast when a woman, Evie Barret (Janet Varney) replaces him as Sheriff. Even harder to accept and understand is finding out his wife was actually a demon hunter, protecting him and the town from a legendary curse. With her gone, demons are out in droves to put Stan, Evie and all law enforcement.

Spoilers below for Stan Against Evil.

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