CBS’s latest procedural with a horror twist, EVIL, aired its fourth episode over the weekend. Despite airing on the typically ratings-challenged Sunday night, EVIL has seen a ratings bump with each additional episode and, with that increased rating, CBS has pulled the early trigger and renewed the surprise hit for a second season.
For those unfamiliar with the show, EVIL tells the story of “Kristen, a skeptical female clinical psychologist who joins David, a priest-in-training, and Ben, a blue-collar contractor, as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possession, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation, or if something truly supernatural is at work.”
Police procedurals have always been comfort viewing for me. They are something to throw on in the background while I work or write. So, naturally, EVIL immediately caught my attention by mixing that comfort viewing with a genre that I am passionate about. I was excited to check out the first episode when it debuted on September 26, 2019.
Happily, I can report that the first episode is exactly what I had hoped the show would be. It is a well-crafted mix of The X-Files and Law & Order. The pilot’s story of a serial killer who might be possessed by a demon is a tightly wrapped, well-acted, down-to-earth horror story that will appeal to both horror and non-horror fans.
EVIL is currently airing on CBS Sunday nights at 10PM in the U.S. The series stars Katja Herbers (Dr. Kristen Bouchard), Mike Colter (David Acosta), Aasif Mandvi (Ben Shroff), Michael Emerson (Dr. Leland Townsend), and Christine Lahti (Sheryl Luria). EVIL is written and conceived by The Good Wife writing duo of Robert and Michelle King.
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