It seems we've seen the last of John C. McGinley's Stan. For three seasons on IFC, McGinley starred as the titular hero in the horror comedy series Stan Against Evil. It's a wonderfully unique series that's managed to build itself a devoted following since its inception. Unfortunately, despite its quality, it seems that there just weren't enough people watching to keep IFC happy. On his official podcast The Dana Gould Hour this week, series creator Dana Gould announced that the network was putting an end to the show after three seasons, opting not to renew it for a fourth. While it may be a wrap for Stan on IFC, however, there remains a glimmer of hope that the series will resume in the future if it finds a new home.
"Stan Against Evil, I am sad to report, will not be returning for a fourth season. It had a great run of three seasons. It's not coming back. Will it show up in some other form on some other network someday? Maybe. But right now, as we like to say, it's dead as Kelsey's nuts. I'm very proud of the show and its fantastic cast: John McGinley, Janet Varney, Nate Mooney, Deborah Baker Jr., our great directors, Eban Schletter our great music person, Autonomous F/X, all the people that worked on the show. I'm leaving a lot of people out. This isn't the official format for my thank you, but I thought everybody did a great job. The show's on Hulu, you can enjoy it. It ain't comin' back anytime soon, but that is, as they say, showbiz, and I'm already working on some other cool crap that will hopefully come your way."
It's always a bummer when great television shows end, but cancellations aren't the death knell they used to be. Many series have been able to move on with new networks after getting taken off the air prematurely. While not always successful, petitions and fan movements tend to spring up when certain shows are axed, and Stan Against Evil fans have already begun crying foul on social media. If enough people show support behind the show, the possibility is always there that another network or streaming service will pick it up. McGinley has been retweeting fan sentiments for the show to find a new home, suggesting he's just as eager as fans to somehow keep the show alive.
Premiering on Halloween in 2016, Stan Against Evil starred John C. McGinley as former sheriff Stan Miller, with Janet Varney, Nate Mooney, and Deborah Baker Jr. rounding out the cast. The series takes place in a New Hampshire town, which was unfortunately built on land haunted by demons, witches, and other paranormal phenomena. Along with the town's new sheriff Evie Barrett (Varney), Stan fights back against evil in a story that's just as hilarious as it is violent. The series wrapped its third season in November of last year, meaning there are no more new episodes to look forward to unless Gould gets his wish for the show to live on elsewhere.
Both horror comedies, Stan Against Evil has often been compared to the Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead. The latter starred Bruce Campbell reprising the role of Ash Williams from the Evil Dead movie series, serving as a modern sequel. Now, something else that the two shows have in common is that they ran for three seasons, as Ash vs. Evil Dead was axed by Starz early last year. In that case, Campbell squashed any hope of reviving the show elsewhere by formally retiring as the character. With McGinley still interested in coming back as Stan, Stan Against Evil still has a chance.
In the end, there's plenty for Dana Gould and the rest of those involved in the series to be proud of, even if this is the end. Three entertaining seasons are better than none, and the final episodes were particularly strong. Gould has also made it clear there's plenty more of his work in the pipeline for fans to look forward to. This information comes to us from The Dana Gould Hour.