'Stan Against Evil' Renewed for Second Season at IFC

Stan Against Evil - Still - H - 2016
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IFC is staying in the Evil game.

The cable network has renewed scripted horror comedy Stan Against Evil for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Set to air again in season two, the show stars John C. McGinley (Scrubs) and Janet Varney (You're the Worst). The horror series launched Halloween week and has since ranked as one of IFC's most successful original series debuts. Time-shifting among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic also is said to have helped double the Dana Gould-created series' returns.

"Stan Against Evil instantly connected with IFC viewers, making it one of the network’s most popular original series launches to date,” IFC president Jennifer Caserta said Tuesday in a statement. “IFC is thrilled for another season of keeping Willard’s Mill safe from demons, monsters and succubuses, and we are enormously grateful for the talented John C. McGinley and Janet Varney, along with master storyteller Dana Gould, for bringing this oddly wonderful world to life.”

The series, produced by RadicalMedia, follows Stan (McGinley), a disgruntled former sheriff of a small New England town forced into retirement who has trouble relinquishing his authority to Evie Barret (Varney), the tough and beautiful new sheriff in town. Together, they wind up fighting a plague of unleashed demons.

"It was so great to see Stan connect with its fans. Thanks to DVRs, the audience more than doubled each week. That amazed me,” said Gould. “I love the characters and I love the world, and I'm very grateful we all get to go back to Willard’s Mill and blow up more stuff."

Stan Against Evil is part of an IFC lineup that also includes The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Portlandia and Documentary Now.