The creators of CBS’ new psychological drama “EVIL” say their aim is to give viewers a glimpse into the supernatural and explore unexplained occurrences through science and religion.
“The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Catholic Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there’s a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work,” the synopsis reads.
Actors Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”), Katja Herbers (“Manhattan”), Aasif Mandvi (“The Proposal”), and Michael Emerson (“Person of Interest”), are part of the star-studded cast.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Robert and Michelle King, the husband and wife creators of “EVIL” who reveal how their different beliefs inspired the new series that starts on Sunday.
CP: Where did the idea for this TV show come from?
Michelle: The idea for the show really came out of a conversation that Robert and I have been having for the last 30 years. That is, we both recognize that there’s evil around us but we don’t necessarily see it coming from the same place. Robert, who’s a devout Catholic, explains it through religion. I, as a secular Jew, am far more likely to see it coming from psychological issues.
Robert: I think what we wanted to do was have an exciting genre show. So there would be a thrill. But it’s really about the chemistry between the three lead [actors] and how very different people could work together and help each other understand why do people do bad things.
CP: Talk about the importance of people working together despite their differences, especially in a “cancel culture” where people today cancel each other out for having different beliefs or ideas.
Michelle: That was one of the most important things we wanted to underline as we were creating the show, which is we wanted people with very strong beliefs that were different from each other but that could listen to each other and be respectful of each other. Because it feels as though there’s a lot of disagreement in the world that is not respectful and does not involve listening.
Robert: I think what helps for the show is they’re dealing with very challenging information like “why do people do bad things? Are there miracles in the world? Is their prophecy?” And they come at it from trying to figure out whether something can be considered scientific, explainable through empirical means, or is it something that’s beyond empiricism and therefore, either unexplained, as the character Kristen would determine, or something that is miraculous, as David would define it.
CP: How have the actors reacted to this theme of science versus the supernatural?
Michelle: I think they were all intrigued by the theme and characters that they haven’t played before, that it was something a little bit new for them. I believe they found that exciting.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law