TV Review: ‘Evil’

Variety | 9/14/2019 | Daniel D'Addario
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In its pilot installment, CBS’s new drama “Evil” delves into that which may lie beyond the rationally explicable. And the show itself represents something almost supernatural by 2019 standards, too: A well-made hour fueled by chemistry between its leads and a strong idea of itself. On the basis of its debut outing, which screened at the Tribeca TV Festival Sept. 14 ahead of a Sept. 26 premiere, “Evil,” the latest show from “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, shows an unusual degree of polish and promise, as well as edge that startles while existing for something other than mere shock value.

Katja Herbers (recently of “Westworld”) plays Kristen Bouchard, a clinical psychologist working within the legal system in New York City; working a murder case in which the defendant purports to have been possessed at the time and thus not liable for his actions, she encounters David Acosta (Mike Colter), a priest-in-training. Soon enough, the pair have begun a partnership in which David relies on Kristen’s masterful understanding of the criminal mind to determine which cases they encounter are possessions and which are more easily explained — a mission not really complicated by the fact that Kristen doesn’t believe in possession at all. Her skeptic’s mind runs up against Acosta’s belief in a manner that feels easy and natural from the start. Elsewhere, an underserved-so-far Aasif Mandvi promises to form a third leg of their upstart spiritual-detective enterprise.

TV - Review - 'Evil

TV Review: 'Evil'

The show’s so-far two-handed central relationship — believably at-odds without being stagily prickly — is helped along by two strong performances. Herbers is playing a bit of a mess, a mom behind on...
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