There’s been a large debate going on in the TV realm over the last several years as genre-bending comedies and dramas make their way onto television and into different Emmy categories. Shows with nontraditional formats often have trouble figuring out just where they fall in the TV spectrum. It’s a problem that the creative team over at Ash vs Evil Dead encountered when figuring out whether or not the new series would be a half hour or hour-long program. In a press room at San Diego Comic-Con, we talked to Sam and Ivan Raimi, who revealed why they ultimately opted to go with the half-hour episodes.
It doesn’t sound like it was an easy decision, but I do really like the idea that we will be getting 10 snappy, half-hour episodes during Season 1 of Ash vs Evil Dead. The series isn’t exactly character-driven, although Bruce Campbell’s Ash is certainly the beloved character at the heart of the franchise. So, by cutting down to a half-hour, the creative team is hoping to deliver a snappy, action-driven series with enough creative one-liners to keep the audience rollicking from start to finish, no extra exposition required. And since Ash is essentially where we last left him at the start of the series—working as the oldest bagboy for a store called Value Stop—it doesn’t seem as if a whole lot of exposition will be needed to catch us up on the last several years or why the Deadites have returned, at all.
Executive Producer Craig Digregorio also spoke out about why he feels the half-hour format is the better fit for Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead in the press room.
You can catch Ash vs Evil Dead when it premieres on Saturday, October 31 at 9 p.m. ET, only on Starz.
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