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Evil Season 2 Release Date, Cast, And Trailer - What We Know So Far

Broadcast television was in dire need of a truly creepy but engaging supernatural horror series when Robert and Michelle King's "Evil" debuted on CBS in the fall of 2019. Word of the show's excellence quickly spread, and it became one of the must-see shows of the season, earning an early Season 2 renewal in the process. Though the series has officially been moved from the broadcast net to fledgeling streamer Paramount+, the release date is officially imminent.

The series stars Mike Colter and Katja Herbers as David and Kristen, a priest-in-training and skeptical forensic psychologist, respectively, as they investigate supernatural occurrences on behalf of the Catholic Church. The duo is often assisted in their efforts by Aasif Mandvi's Ben, who serves as a technical expert offering scientific explanations for phenomena that seem to be of supernatural origins.

Given the long wait between seasons (the Season 1 finale aired back in January 2020), we've had plenty of time to scour the internet for clues about the show's second season. Here's everything we know so far about "Evil" Season 2.

What's the release date for Evil Season 2?

CBS renewed "Evil" in October 2019, approximately one month after the show's debut, but like most TV shows, "Evil" was affected by the coronavirus pandemic. When CBS first announced its 2020-2021 lineup in May 2020, it fully expected "Evil" to return in the fall, revealing it was slated to air Thursdays at 10pm Eastern. Obviously that did not happen.

However, there is some good news to be had. We know the show has been filming Season 2 during the pandemic because the cast has been posting photos to social media. Meanwhile, in an Instagram post dated early January, star Katja Herbers actually revealed that Evil would return "this spring." On April 20, star Mike Colter shared another pic to Instagram from the set of "Evil" Season 2. From the shot, the show appeared to still be in production. Then came the big announcement: Alongside the official teaser trailer for Season 2, the release date on new series home Paramount+ was officially pegged for June 20 (via Deadline). It looks like we've got one more reason to be excited for summer.

Who is in the cast of Evil Season 2?

It should go without saying that Mike Colter and Katja Herbers will be reprising their roles in Season 2 as David and Kristen, respectively — someone has to figure out if the latter is now possessed after picking up a rosary in the Season 1 finale and finding that it burned her hand. Much of the rest of the cast from Season 1 is returning, as well. Aasif Mandvi will be back as Ben, and according to co-creator Robert King, we're going to learn a bit more about his character in Season 2.

"Ben is a fascinating character, as is [Aasif Mandvi] as an actor. I think we're going to meet his father [next season]," King told Entertainment Weekly shortly after the Season 1 finale. "We're definitely going to continue the relationship [between Ben and Vanessa, played by Nicole Shalhoub]. As someone who is scientifically based, how do you deal with a girlfriend who really thinks that she needs to detach herself from a phantom sister? There's a town upstate New York that deals with psychic phenomenon and fortune telling, so to see Ben go to this place with his girlfriend to try and solve it is kind of funny to us. Most of it will be things that bring Ben a little bit more to the forefront."

Elsewhere, look for Michael Emerson to return as Leland, Christine Lahti to reprise her role as Kristen's mother, Sheryl, and Kurt Fuller to be back as Kristen's therapist, Dr. Boggs, per TV Guide.

Is there a trailer for Evil Season 2?

The cast read lines from episodes of Season 2 over Zoom last fall, and those line readings were then cut into a semi-trailer — complete with plenty of stock footage to stand in for the lack of actual footage, since production had been delayed.

That pseudo-trailer, which was released as part of the show's virtual panel during New York Comic Con in October 2020, hinted at trouble for Kristen after she seemingly killed the serial killer Orson LeRoux (Darren Pettie) once he started harassing her and her children. It also revealed that Michael Emerson's Leland wants an exorcism ahead of his wedding to Kristen's mother and that he was only using her to get to her daughter.

The entire trailer is edited in such a way that it mimics the tropes and aesthetics of a traditional TV show trailer, playing up the drama and suspense almost for laughs. It is really fun, and featured enough information regarding what's to come that it pleased fans of the show at the time, but everyone's been on pins and needles waiting for some actually footage. Thankfully, Paramount+ released an actual teaser trailer for "Evil" Season 2 on May 23, then launched another promo video on June 8.