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NYCC 2018 Interview: ‘Stan Against Evil’ Star Janet Varney
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Stan Against Evil

Stan Against Evil has moved to “Regular” status at New York Comic Con. The IFC series created by Dana Gould made its third consecutive appearance at NYCC, New York’s largest gathering of geek culture, to promote the upcoming third season, which debuts on Halloween night. Along with Gould and Stan himself, John C. McGinley, was Janet Varney. Varney plays Sheriff Evie Barret, who must protect Willard’s Mill from demons and deal with a constant barrage of insults from Stan. She’s a veteran of multiple series including lending her voice to the title role in The Legend of Korra. She sat with us at NYCC to discuss Stan Against Evil and its upcoming Season 3, as well as her new project on IFC.com.

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NYCC 2017: ‘Stan Against Evil’ Panel
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NYCC 2017: Stan Against Evil panel

It’s that special time of year again, New York Comic-Con has arrived. Running through Sunday, the annual event once contained to the Jacob Javits Convention Center now sprawls across Manhattan. Professional Day opened at 9:30 AM at the New York Public Library located at 5th avenue and 42nd Street and events are also emanating from the theater at Madison Square Garden and Hammerstein Ballroom. I spent most of Day 1 located at Hammerstein with the gang from IFC’s Stan Against Evil. The horror comedy begins its second season on November 1st, and creator, writer, and producer Dana Gould as well as stars Janet Varney (Evie) and Stan himself, John C. McGinley took the stage to entertain the crowd.

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‘Stan Against Evil’ Renewed for Season 2!
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Horror is this “it” thing on TV right now, and horror-comedy is even better. Ash vs. Evil Dead just wrapped a second great season on Starz, and has already been renewed for season 3. Scream Queens is blending horror and insane comedy on FOX Tuesday nights. This fall, IFC joined the party with Dana Gould’s Stan Against Evil which premiered in early November. I watched the pilot back at NYCC in October and it instantly hooked me. Stan is played by John C. McGinley who brings the same rough sarcasm he did as Dr. Perry Cox on Scrubs only this time with a shade of melancholy. The show ran a limited run of 8 half hour episodes, run back to back for four straight weeks. IFC has just renewed Stan for a second season.

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TV Review: Stan Against Evil 1.8 “Level Boss”
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Stan Against Evil 1.8

Stan Against Evil
Episode 1.8 “Level Boss”
Directed by Justin Njim & Jack Bishop
Written by Dana Gould & Jessica Conrad
Starring John C. McGinley, Deborah Baker Jr., Janet Varney, Nate Mooney
IFC
Air date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016, 10pm

IFC aired the two-part Season 1 finale last Wednesday for Stan Against Evil. Check out my full review of the first part, Episode 1.7.

Spoilers below for Episode 8, the second part of the Season 1 finale of Stan Against Evil:

We open with a girl streaking out onto the highway and causing a massive car accident leaving Stan pinned under the car and Evie takes out her frustrations by shooting the girl…

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TV Review: Stan Against Evil 1.7 “Spider-Walk With Me”
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Stan Against Evil
Episode 1.7 “Spider-Walk With Me”
Directed by Justin Njim & Jack Bishop
Written by Dana Gould & Sam Boyd
Starring John C. McGinley, Deborah Baker Jr., Janet Varney, Nate Mooney
IFC
Air date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016, 10pm

Here we are… the double dose of finality to the Stan Against Evil premiere season. Stan (John C. McGinley) has unwantedly taken over the reins of demon slaying from his deceased wife. His hometown of Willard’s Mill, New Hampshire is beset by a curse dating back to the time of Salem and now demons and witches want all law enforcement dead. That means him and new sheriff, Evie Barret (Janet Varney). Using his demon hunting wife’s spellbook and weapons, they’ve managed to do a decent job of keeping evil from taking over Willard’s Mill. Let’s see how things end for Stan and friends as we conclude the inaugural season on IFC…

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TV Review: Stan Against Evil 1.5 “Ouija Bored” & 1.6 “I’m Gleaning My Coven”
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Stan Against Evil
Episode 1.5 “Ouija Bored” & 1.6 “I’m Gleaning my Coven”
Directed by Jack Bishop & Justin Njim (1.5, 1.6)
Written by Jessica Conrad (1.5) & Susan Burke (1.6)
Created by Dana Gould
Starring John C. McGinley, Deborah Baker Jr., Janet Varney, Nate Mooney
IFC
Air date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, 10pm

Last week on Stan Against Evil, Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) and new sheriff of Willard’s Mill Evie Barret (Janet Varney) were able to fight off a succubus, a pig demon, and demon preacher. They are trudging away on the list of 172 demons out to get them in revenge for a town curse. We open this week’s two-pack of episodes with flashback to Claire Miller (Susan Williams), the demon huntress doing her thing before succumbing to a heart attack mid-battle. Before she died she uprooted a scary looking flower monster… but now they’re everywhere.

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TV Review: Stan Against Evil 1.3 “Let Your Love Groan” & 1.4 “Life Orr Death”
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Stan Against Evil
Episode 1.3 “Let Your Love Groan” & 1.4 “Life Orr Death”
Directed by Jack Bishop & Justin Njim (1.3, 1.4)
Written by Jessica Conrad (1.3) & Guy Busick & Ryan Murphy (1.4)
Created by Dana Gould
Starring John C. McGinley, Deborah Baker Jr., Janet Varney, Nate Mooney
IFC
Air date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, 10pm

Last week on IFC’s new horror comedy, Stan Against Evil, Stan (John C. McGinley) and Sheriff Evie Barret (Janet Varney) took down a goat demon with the help of Stan’s daughter, Denise (Deborah Baker Jr). That leaves 170 more demons to go.

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TV Review: Stan Against Evil 1.2 “Know, Know, Know Your Goat”
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Stan Against Evil
Episode 1.2 “Know, Know, Know Your Goat”
Directed by Jack Bishop & Justin Nijm
Written by Dana Gould
Created by Dana Gould
Starring John C. McGinley, Deborah Baker Jr., Janet Varney, Nate Mooney
IFC
Air date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 10pm

Debuting at NYCC, Stan Against Evil was created by Dana Gould, former writer for The Simpsons. Imagine your significant other, your soulmate, your one and only has passed away. Now imagine that in the aftermath you discover a secret that completely changes everything. That is what is happening to Sheriff Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) of Willard’s Mill, New Hampshire. Now alone with his odd daughter Denise (Deborah Baker Jr.) he is fired after an incident at his wife, Claire’s funeral. Stan has old world views and is thus aghast when a woman, Evie Barret (Janet Varney) replaces him as Sheriff. Even harder to accept and understand is finding out his wife was actually a demon hunter, protecting him and the town from a legendary curse. With her gone, demons are out in droves to put Stan, Evie and all law enforcement.

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NYCC 2016: ‘Stan Against Evil’ Screening and Q&A
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After a long day at New York Comic-Con that started by waiting on a 90-minute line for Ash vs Evil Dead at 9:30AM, I sat down at the Stan Against Evil screening at 5:15PM. And I could not have planned a better opening/closing part to my day. Stan Against Evil was created by Dana Gould, a former stand-up comic who has written for The Simpsons. The television show focuses on a heartbroken widower, whose life spirals out of control when his wife passes away. Soon, he is fired from his job as police chief of Willard’s Mill, NH, and is forced to salvage a relationship with his quirky daughter whom he barely knows. If this sounds all doom and gloom, fear not my friends… Willard’s Mill is beset by witches and demons and somehow, it’s up to Stan to save the day.

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ConnectiCon 2015: Convention Photo Gallery
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ConnectiCon 2015 Photo Gallery

ConnectiCon 2015 rang in its 13th year with an array of guests and creative cosplay choices. Some special guests included George Takei, the original Power Rangers, and Janet Varney.

Check out this gallery of Geeks of Doom’s favorite moments.

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