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5 Things We Learned About Stan Against Evil at New York Comic Con

Stan Against Evil premieres November 2nd with back-to-back episodes at 10P on IFC.

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With Stan Against Evil set to make IFC a whole lot spookier starting November 2nd at 10P, creator Dana Gould and cast members John C. McGinley and Janet Varney descended on New York Comic Con to meet fans and chat about their new horror comedy series.

After screening the first episode for a packed house, Dana, John and Janet talked about the origins of the show, how they approach their characters, favorite horror movies (Janet recommends Housebound and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) and much more. John even made a fan’s dreams come true by insulting him as his Scrubs character Dr. Perry Cox.

Check out a few things we learned from Dana, John and Janet about the upcoming season of Stan Against Evil.

1. Dana Based Stan on His Dad

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While star Janet Varney was the inspiration for Evie, Stan’s curmudgeonly attitude came from Dana’s own father. In fact, a colorful phrase Stan uses in the first episode to describe a witch’s face came straight from Papa Gould’s mouth. “‘A barrel of assholes’ is something my dad said about a Red Sox pitcher,” Dana said.


2. We May Learn More About Stan’s Wife

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When asked if we would see Claire, Stan’s late wife who protected her husband from the terrors of Willard’s Mill, Dana confirmed that she might appear in flashbacks. “She’s also played by Louie Anderson,” he joked, nodding to the Emmy-winning star of FX’s Baskets.


3. Shaun of the Dead Is a “Cousin” of Stan

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Dana credits films like Shaun of the Dead and An American Werewolf in London, along with creepy TV movies from the 1970s, for inspiring Stan. He said the team aimed for a tone where “the horror is played completely straight and the comedy comes from people just behaving normally.”


4. Stan and Stranger Things Are Connected

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Dana revealed that the sheriff station in Stan is the same one used in Stranger Things. He and Janet are big fans of the show, and had no idea they were sharing a set with the ’80s-set Netflix series. Dana added: “I’ve never watched a show that I love as much as Stranger Things, and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’ve totally pooped in that room.'”


5. There’s a Bit of Comedy Bang! Bang! in Stan

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Janet revealed that Stan’s chilling music is supplied by Eban Schletter, a composer known for his work on everything from Comedy Bang! Bang! to Spongebob. Is it too much to hope for a crossover episode?

Tune in November 2nd at 10P for the premiere of Stan Against Evil. 

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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