Coming out of the New York Comic Con this weekend was the news that Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead, which just had it second season debut, has been renewed for a third year. The series is a continuation of the Evil Dead movies and re-teams star Bruce Campbell with original creative team Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert. It pulled very modest ratings for Starz in its first year but showed an improvement with its Season 2 bow. last week. But the pay cable channels are not as focused on the ratings and have their own formula to gauge the success of shows based on the subscriptions it has drawn to the service. Apparently the show has done well enough on that meter to draw an early renewal. It probably helps that it is likely not expensive to produce and brings over a dedicated core of fans from the original movies. Since it is now set for a third year, consider it likely to survive for four to five seasons because that has become the typical benchmark of low to moderate rated cable entries these days and that fits with Bruce Campbell’s vision for the series.
As for Black Mirror, the sci fi / horror anthology series that aired two seasons in Britain and has an upcoming third one on Netflix, executive producer Annabel Jones has indicated that a fourth year is already in the works. The show is debuting an episode at the London Film Festival, and Jones made the comment there that “we’ve got another season coming up” after the third. Season 3 of Black Mirror is set to debut on Netflix on October 21st.
There could be more announcements coming out of the New York Comic Con this weekend, so be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for updates and breaking announcements.