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Evil, the supernatural drama series created by Robert and Michelle King, starring an ensemble cast including Katja Herbers and Aasif Mandvi, debuted on CBS in the United States, and Global in Canada, on September 26, 2019.
After decent results for its first season on broadcast television, but better results on streaming, ViacomCBS – which owns the CBS network, and produces Evil through CBS Studios – elected to move the second season of the series to its streaming service Paramount+ (previously known as CBS All Access), at least in the United States.
Thus, U.S. subscribers to Paramount+ are able to watch season 2 of Evil as it is made available, beginning on Sunday, June 20, 2021.
At the moment, the release plan for Canada is not clear. Global had previously announced in June 2020 that Evil would return to its schedule during the 2020–21 TV season, and despite the delays and changes in the U.S., we have not seen anything from Global, or its parent company Corus Entertainment, indicating that these plans have changed. Repeats of the first season have also continued to air on Corus' Crime + Investigation channel. But Corus hasn't said anything specific since then about when the new season might air.
Since Evil is no longer airing on CBS – meaning Global can no longer benefit from simultaneous substitution when simulcasting the show – it's much less likely that future seasons will air on Global, and more likely it'll move to one of Corus' cable channels like Showcase.
That's assuming, of course, that Corus has retained the rights. We think that's likely, since Corus has had good relations with CBS for other programming. In particular, despite a scaled-back version of Paramount+ now being available in Canada, Corus has retained rights to some "Paramount+ Originals" like The Good Fight (new episodes of which still debut in Canada on W Network).
But it's possible that the rights have reverted to CBS, in which case they might choose to debut new episodes going forward on Paramount+ in Canada –
where season 1 of Evil is currently streaming – or sell debut rights to another service like Amazon Prime Video, which picked up Canadian rights to the more recent Paramount+ original series The Stand.
(Update: On October 17, we were notified by a reader that Evil had apparently disappeared entirely from the Paramount+ app, though as of this writing it still appears to remain available on the Apple TV Channels version of Paramount+. There's nothing we can think of that could explain why it might have been pulled from Paramount+, and it may just be a bug or error of some kind. Either way, we will keep an eye out.)
As of June 20, season 2 does not appear to be available on Paramount+ in Canada (based on what's listed for the Paramount+ channel on Apple TV).
Given that season 1 is available on Paramount+ (see above), it's very likely that season 2 will be added there at a later date, but it's not yet clear whether it will be soon, or whether it'll be before or after it airs on another Canadian channel.
An inquiry that we sent to Global's viewer relations department through the network's website a few days before this post was first published, has not yet been answered; the same was true of a follow-up inquiry sent to Corus' public relations team in September. Similar inquiries sent through Paramount+'s customer support page in late June prompted generic replies about the service that did not specifically address the availability of season 2 of Evil in Canada.
If and when we find out more, we will update this page.
- October 16, 2021: updated to note that we sent a follow-up request for comment to Corus in September