LOS ANGELES - Robert and Michelle King have been, unknowingly, making their new TV show for three decades.
The married producing duo behind “The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight” are taking a turn for the dark with their new CBS series “Evil” about the intersection of science and religion, and the origins of evil.
While speaking to journalists about the new series (premiering 10 p.m. Sept. 26) at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday, Robert said he is a devout Catholic and Michelle described herself as an agnostic Jew, meaning they’ve spent much of their marriage debating the relationship between science and religion, and the meaning of life.
“We’ve been writing (‘Evil’) for the past year and researching it for the last 30 years,” Michelle said. “You’re looking at the result of a conversation we haven’t stopped having.”
The series follows a forensic psychologist (Katja Herbers) who works with a priest in training (Mike Colter) and a carpenter (Aasif Mandvi) to discern the fine line between the evils of humanity and demonic possession.
Despite the title, Robert said they are more interested in mining evil with a small “e” and not a big capital letter, like when, as he put it, a boss who throws things at his employees.
“Where does that fit in?” he said. “What is genetically based villainy, and what is bigger and something more supernatural?”
But the series won’t get stuck in an exorcism-of-the-week gear. Rather, they plan to continue to explore the broader complicated interwoven idea of the supernatural and reality.
Specifically, the second episode will focus on miracles.
“It’s about those question marks in life that you don’t quite know how it happened,” Robert said.
Later adding, “If there aren’t miracles, why is God choosing winners and losers?”
As for whether you should watch the new pulse-pounding series with the lights on, that remains to be seen. But with demons and dangerous people afoot, the possibility is certainly high.
Still, actor Michael Emerson, who plays a (human) villain figure, said that it’s been scary in a “really pleasurable way” and he hasn’t been plagued by nightmares - at least not yet.
“It’s fun in the course of your work day to explore the gray areas on the fringes of consciousness and daily life and see what’s in there,” he said. “Like good ghost stories or gathering around the campfire.”
Hunter Ingram can be reached at Hunter.Ingram@StarNewsOnline.com. Hunter is a member of the Television Critics Association.