From Bleeding Cool reporter Jimmy Leszczynski:
The deadpan horror comedy Stan Against Evil follows Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) and Evie Barret (Janet Varney) as they valiantly fight a plague of unleashed demons that have been haunting their quaint New England town…which just happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning.
I had the chance to sit down and chat with the stars and executive producer of Stan Against Evil ahead of its highly anticipated Season 2 premiere on November 1st at 10 p.m. ET on IFC. Here are some of the "tricks and treats" directly from the cast and creators.
McGinley plays the titular Stan Miller, the forced-into-retirement sheriff that would rather sit in his favorite easy chair and drink beer while watching TV than save the world from witches and demons. Known for previous roles such as Dr. Perry Cox on Scrubs and Sgt. O'Neill from Platoon, McGinley recently challenged our definition of office politics in The Belco Experiment.
McGinley talks about how he loves to play Stan because he is the least full-of-shit guy he has ever met. He explains that his character is a broken man who's trying to get whole this season. As a producer, McGinley says his photographic memory can be helpful in finding the best take. He also likes to have to scripts as early as possible so that he and the other actors can own the words and story. He tells me that writers put in a lot of time and effort and you need to read what's on the page — especially when it's so good. And writer Dana Gould's scripts are great.
Janet Varney is the new sheriff in this sleepy New England town of Willard's Mill. Her character Evie Barret, is taking over for the recently fired Stan. She does want to stop the demons, however…much to his chagrin. Varney is perhaps best known as the voice of Korra in The Legend of Korra, and acting roles such as Becca Barbra on You're the Worst.
Varney is a little concerned that my tripod is a "bit bot" and will scurry over to attack her. After I assure her that I can control it, she discusses how even though the heat in Georgia is not ideal to wear a polyester sheriff's uniform; you have to "nut-up and stop complaining." She also talks about the breakneck speed at which they film eight episodes in five weeks. I got to ask her about the least favorite special effect that she had to endure:
Dana Gould is a comedy legend known for a diverse career that included writing and producing The Simpsons for 16 years, and as Mob City's Tug Purcell. In addition to his creator/writer hat, Gould plays the mentally slow grave digger, Kevin, who's named after his brother (and pretty much the only thing his Dad notices about the show). His latest "labor of love" affords him the opportunity to bring together his comedic flavor and his love for monster movies.
Gould starts by letting us know that Comic-Con is not the greatest place to break in a new pair of shoes. He tells us the Season 1 cliffhanger can only be solved one way — time travel — and how it will affect the story this season. He also discussed his love of Famous Monsters magazine, Universal's movie monsters, and Twin Peaks; and how they influenced the series. Gould also discusses the creature designs in show, and how much he prefers practical special effects over digital effects:
Stan Against Evil Season 2 premieres on IFC on November 1st at 10 p.m. ET. Make sure to watch with the lights on!