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Lucy Lawless Joins Bruce Campbell in 'Ash vs. Evil Dead'

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 10, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 10, 2015 |

Back in the nineties, in the before time, there was a show called Xena: Warrior Princess. It was a show that straddled with perfect balance that cheesy B-movie sweet spot of being simultaneously terrible and awesome. Naturally, Bruce Campbell was a recurring guest star, because of course he was. And Lucy Lawless, who was largely responsible for making that show work, has never been ashamed of those roots, even as she went serious in Battlestar Galactica and made history as the bearer of a new generation of Swanson.

Then there’s Bruce Campbell, the chin, the once and future Ashley Williams (and as an aside after googling for header images, the actress who played Victoria on How I Met Your Mother is also named Ashley Williams, which I suppose must be a common name, but it’s just further evidence that Ted’s a jackass) who killed many deadites and uttered many one-liners.

Starz is bringing them both in as leads in their television sequel to the Evil Dead movies called: Ash vs. Evil Dead. This is everything wonderful in the universe. I mean, except the Starz thing. I’m still convinced their either a porn network or an old 800 number you call to find out what the movie showtimes are that evening. But hey, if they want to pay to make a series that I will eventually watch on Netflix, more power to them.

When Lawless was asked about Campbell after the announcement she warned that he better not “screw up” or “ruin her franchise.”

When Campbell was asked about Lawless, he said “Dear Ms. Lawless: Hit your marks, say your lines, or you’re fired.”

They also say nice things about each other if you click the link down below, but I prefer the sarcasm.

The show is expected to air in October, and the pilot is filming next month with Sam Raimi in the folding chair.

(source: Blastr)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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