Comic-Con is all about the surprises, whether it’s the reveal of new trailers, additional cast members, or, in the case of our video suite, stars’ “porn names.”
Twenty years after its premiere, Xena: Warrior Princess is still alive and well —thanks in no small part to its availability on Netflix. Looking back, its influence on modern action shows like Blindspot and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are clear, and star Lucy Lawless — who’s now kicking zombie butt on Ash Vs. Evil Dead — continues to be bombarded with adulation for her first major television role. 1. Lawless Modeled Xena’s look on a Tennis Star Xena was originally going to be blond, but the actor thought that an Amazon princess should look “big and bronze and dark-haired,” according to a 2015 interview — like, say, Argentinian tennis champ and US Open winner Gabriela Sabatini (below). 2. Lawless Was the Second Person Cast for Xena The first was Vanessa Angel, who you probably don’t remember as the genie-like “perfect woman” from the Weird Science TV show.
As his chainsaw-handed alter ego, Ash Williams, Bruce Campbell has three decades worth of experience fighting the evil dead. But based on this clip from the third episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead — Starz’s continuation of the enduring Evil Dead film franchise — it seems that his most formidable opponent may be someone who is very much alive. That someone is former Cylon, Warrior Princess, and Mrs.
If you’re the latter, there’s nothing wrong with you — you’ve just never experienced the grotesque magic of the Evil Dead series. If you’re the former, you’re a fan, and whether you’ve been one for 34 years or just a day (and watched the entire Starz Evil Dead marathon Friday night), that catch phrase is carved into your black little heart. Related: ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ Review: Bruce Campbell Can Do No Wrong Ash vs Evil Dead is a fan’s dream, but if you’re not one, here’s a quick rundown. In 1981, Michigan buddies Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi (who went on to direct Spider-Man), and Rob Tapert (who went on to produce Xena: Warrior Princess) made Evil Dead, a low-budget horror flick so violent that it received an X rating and was banned in many places.
Thanks to the presence of star Bruce Campbell, original Evil Dead director Sam Raimi and master producer of enjoyable junk Robert Tapert, Ash Vs. Evil Dead is a blood-squirting, wisecracking success as a half-hour TV series premiering on Starz on Halloween night. Years have passed for Campbell’s Ash Williams since his last encounters with Deadites and the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, book of the dead.
So, if you like either or, stop on by and see if you can tolerate the other.” Bruce Campbell’s laid-back attitude tells you he doesn’t really need to sell Ash vs Evil Dead. Fans of the Evil Dead series have literally been screaming for a sequel going on almost twenty years now and Campbell and original producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert are giving them exactly what they want, finally. The original Evil Dead series set a new high (low?) watermark for gore, but also brought a sense of humor unlike almost anything then or since.
Bruce Campbell suffered through mouthfuls of fake blood during the early days of his screen career — coming up with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi through the ranks of low-budget horror. Joined by Ash vs Evil Dead co-star and warrior princess Lucy Lawless, the two consume enough sugar for Lawless to quip, “Got my insulin shot ready, somebody?” With glowing descriptors like, “It’s disgusting as it looks,” and “Tastes like coffee and rotten tooth,” the taste test could have been an unmitigated disaster.
With so much to watch on TV, it can be difficult to plan ahead. But we’re here to help! Here are the five shows you won’t want to miss this week. Supergirl: Monday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS DC Comics’ television universe gets a little bit bigger with the addition of a high-flying Girl of Steel.