Evil star admits horror drama is raunchier after being dropped from CBS

Evil star admits horror drama is raunchier after being dropped from CBS



Evil returned for a third terrifying outing in June, with the latest chapter playing out on Paramount+. Starring Katja Herbers as skeptical psychologist Dr Kristen Bouchard and Mike Colter as priest-in-training David Acosta, they investigate the church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries. As expected, the first three seasons have opened their eyes to the darker side, often leaving them with more questions than answers.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Evil.

Evil originally made its debut back in September 2019 on CBS and was quickly renewed for a second season.

But there had been no sign of the next lot of episodes for two years and by this time, a major change had been announced.

It was revealed Evil was going to be one of the shows making the shift from CBS to its streaming service Paramount+.

Evil season two joined the likes of SEAL Team season five and Clarice on the streamer where it has remained.

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Paramount+ had officially launched in March last year so bringing these shows over was reportedly CBS’ way of encouraging its loyal fanbase to subscribe.

At the time, president and CEO of the CBS Entertainment Group George Cheeks said: “Our Studio and Network have a strong track record of developing high-quality dramas that have multiplatform success, and these series speak to that strength.

“These moves mark another example of how our linear and streaming ecosystem can strategically work together to maximize value for the content and benefit the series and its creators.”

While the move was made for strategic reasons, Evil’s Leland Townsend star Michael Emerson believes it was the best move for the drama.

Emerson told Express.co.uk: “The show was not a normal or natural fit for CBS, a conservative, legacy network.

“So we thought ‘oh we’ll be lucky if they keep this show going’ because it’s kind of out their brand.

“When we switched to Paramount+, then we thought this is a whole new thing so we can be more experimental, raunchier, more profane.

“But [the cast thought] how will that fly, how will that transition successfully but I think we have.

“So I’m a little more confident about the longevity than I would have with previous seasons.”

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There will be plenty more to come as Evil was renewed for season four in June.

The news came as series three was still playing out on Paramount+, showcasing the confidence the streamer has in Evil.

It was revealed in a statement from the president of Paramount+ Original Scripted Series Nicole Clemens that Evil consistently ranks among the streamer’s top five most watched original shows.

She added: “We couldn’t be more excited to be terrified by what Robert and Michelle create for season four with our outstanding cast bringing it to life.”

Evil’s third season concluded on Paramount+ on Sunday, August 14 with a shocking ending.

Kristen realised her worst fears had come true as her eggs were in the hands of Lelan which he used to impregnate an unknown surrogate.

Her mum Sheryl (Christine Lahti) had also aligned herself with Leland but what has he got planned?

Evil is available to watch on Paramount+.

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