Netflix Supernatural Horror Series Trying to Be Saved by Actors

By Jason Collins | Published

Netflix has become known for picking up great releases that nobody else wants to spend their time on, making them better, and hosting them on its platform. Just take Lucifer as an example; the show’s ratings went down, Netflix bought it from Fox, and the show concluded with a great ending. Well, a similar thing is happening with Evil, an American supernatural drama TV series, which is trying to be saved by its actors and creators.

Four Seasons Of Evil

The Robert and Michele King series initially premiered on CBS—before moving to Paramount+—in 2019, running for four seasons. Season 5 was initially planned, but one of the cast members had a death in the family, and the filming was subsequently delayed by last year’s Hollywood labor disputes, after which both King and the cast were notified that Paramount+ decided to cancel the series, concluding it with Season 4.

The filming of Evil continued once the strike was over and the story was concluded but left open for further expansion if it was ever picked up.

Impacted By The Strikes

Actress Katja Herbers later revealed that her father had died, which caused her to step away from work, delaying filming by a few days, just enough for the series to be caught by the strike and work cease.

Following the conclusion of Season 4, the actress has publicly lobbied Netflix and Amazon to pick up the series and continue its narrative for the initially planned fifth and final season of Evil. This isn’t outside the realm of possibilities, considering that the show delivered rather strong ratings and viewership on Netflix.

On A Mission From God

For those who haven’t seen Evil, the series featured a cast led by Michael Emerson, Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, and Aasif Mandavi, who portrayed three individuals from different backgrounds tasked by the Catholic Church to investigate potentially supernatural incidents. The series has received universal acclaim, with particular praise for cast performances, characters, writing, direction, and cinematography.

An Award-Winning Series

The first season of Evil has a 92 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is the epitome of the best show on television in 2021—at least according to the TV Guide. It received four nominations at the 1st Critics’ Choice Super Awards for Best Horror Series, Best Actor in a Horror Series (for both Colter and Emerson), and Best Actress in a Horror Series for Katja Herbers’ performance. The second season showed even more success, with a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and things only went up from there.

There’s A Chance Evil Can Be Saved

Both Season 3 and Season 4 have received 100 percent ratings from fans and critics, indicating massive success among their audiences. Unfortunately, those ratings weren’t enough to save the series from a chopping block, and Paramount decided to pull the plug after its financial situation took a turn for the worse. However, now that the company has finally reached a preliminary agreement with Skydance, things might look better for not just Evil but also for other series produced by Paramount, such as Star Trek.

This is, of course, speculative; Skydance and Paramount should conclude their deal in the first half of 2025, and by then, Netflix could easily acquire the rights to Evil and film the final season for its platform. The fans honestly wouldn’t mind.