October-December 2015: Westside
Michael is directing episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.7, and 2.8 for South Pacific Pictures. This prequel to Outrageous Fortune stars Antonia Prebble, David De Lautour, Dan Musgrove, and Esther Stephens. Click here for info.
6 December 2015: Ash vs. Evil Dead ep. 6, 'The Killer of Killers'
13 December 2015:
Ash vs. Evil Dead ep. 7, 'Fire in the Hole'
Starz premiered Ash vs. Evil Dead in more than 100 countries on Halloween, including New Zealand (The Zone), Australia (Stan), Canada (Super Channel), Scandanivia (C More), Latin America/Brazil (Fox Action), and Middle East/North Africa (STARZ Play Africa). Michael directed episodes 6 and 7. Season 2 was announced in the week prior to the premiere.
Watch the preview for episode 6:
"Would the catchphrases, the skittering camera work, and the deliberately primitive special effects still have their enormous charm after all these years ...Fortunately, you can say 'Hail to the King, baby,' because Ash – and everyone else involved in this continuation franchise – has still got it. Raimi only directed the 45-minute 'Ash' premiere ... but based on the second installment ... it's clear that others can pull of the giddy blend of horror, comedy, and action just fine". (Alan Sepinwall, HitFix)
"it’s clever, engaging, brisk and, crucially, unpretentious. Amid the current glut of serious horror series ... the Ash vs. Evil Dead pilot stands out for its intelligent esprit". (Mike Hail, New York Times)
"it's goofy, doesn't take itself too seriously, and certainly feels well-calibrated to a very particular appetite that's uniquely suited to pay cable. ... the show does justice to its campy, low-budget roots". (Brian Lowry, Variety)
"After decades of false starts, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have finally reunited for Ash vs. Evil Dead, a weekly series on Starz, which allows them to get as gory and crazy as they want ... there are plenty of 'Well, I haven’t seen that on TV before' moments to keep one entertained. ... The supporting cast is good here too, especially Santiago and DeLorenzo. ... Ash vs. Evil Dead lives up to its comedy-horror potential". (Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com)
"The gore and the laughs begin almost at once and never let up. ... with Ash vs. Evil Dead, [Starz] earns a label it’s never had before: hip". (David Weigand, San Francisco Chronicle)
"Beyond the camp of the films, and well into the comedy, this remake is soaked in blood, one-liners, chain saws, and evil dead people. Of course it's good. ... There were a thousand ways to screw up this remake, and only one way to do it right. Dead fans will be pleased to learn that the right one, or mostly right, arrives Halloween night". (Verne Gay, Newsday)
"as you’ll learn from my endless gushing below, this show is goddamned amazing. ... Ash vs Evil Dead is the rare film-to-TV adaptation that convincingly proves no other continuation of this story could have been better. ... From the music to the direction to sequences that could legitimately cause nightmares, Ash vs Evil Dead is a neverending delight that will likely find zero detractors, and those that do surface should run and hide somewhere deep in the woods". (Nick Venable, CinemaBlend)
"it's freakin' great. ... Ash vs Evil Dead is a crowd pleaser, designed to provide full-throttle goofiness and thrills along with moments that fans both old and new will love". (IGN)
The show is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, and showrunner Craig DiGregorio, and stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, and Jill Marie Jones.
This 10-episode first season is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip.