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As told to David Hochman

What's funny about Aasif Mandvi's role on Evil is that the role isn't meant to be funny. Mandvi was a comedy guy before playing tech whiz Ben Shakir on the supernatural drama.

He made his name in theater, having won an Obie Award for his one-man show Sakina's Restaurant and playing the lead character in the Pulitzer prize–winning play Disgraced. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart put him on the map as a comedian; he went on to create and star in the Peabody Award–winning web series Halal in the Family, which logged more than 500 million media impressions within days of its announcement. With guffaws or without, Mandvi is a serious force.

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By Nate Millado

If you're craving tricks and treats this Halloween, head over to CBS All Access for some spooktacular television episodes. And just like the ultimate bag of candy, there's something for everyone: sticky situations, sweet moments, genuine jolts, boo-worthy baddies, and classic comedy.


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Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.


When the creative team behind The Good Wife and The Good Fight tackle a mystery-based drama about hauntings, miracles, and spiritual possession, you know it's gonna be scary good. Also scary smart, scary engrossing—and maybe just a little funny, too.

Meet the resident good guys Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, and Aasif Mandvi of CBS' drama series Evil, who took a break from the dark side to glam up for a Watch cover shoot. Photographers Williams + Hirakawa captured the chic cast members at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, and the photos are so good, we guarantee you won't be able to look away.

Click through to see all the gorgeous photographs of the Evil cast!

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Katja Herbers straddles the lines

Actress Katja Herbers reclines while wearing a black dress.

Dress by Ralph Lauren. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Cast member Aasif Mandvi describes Katja Herbers' forensic psychologist character Kristen Bouchard as "interestingly caught in the middle, because she's naturally a skeptic but also leans toward, Could it be true? Could some things be true?"

Mike Colter explores the uncharted

Actor Mike Colter wearing a white tee and a necklace.

T-shirt by Calvin Klein. Necklace by Cartier.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"My character," says Mike Colter, Evil's almost-priest David Acosta, "is on the journey of a priest. He's supposed to be—chaste and sort of changing."

Aasif Mandvi takes time to reflect

Actor Aasif Mandvi wears a beige linen suit while standing in a swimming pool.

Suit and shirt by Todd Snyder. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"One of the realities you realize as you get older in this business is that it's all up and down," Aasif Mandvi tells Watch in the September-October 2019 issue. "That's how this business goes, so you can't take yourself too seriously at any moment."

Katja Herbers opens new doors

Actress Katja Herbers stands in a doorway wearing a green patterned dress.

Dress by Dolce & Gabbana.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"[Evil's creators] were looking for someone who can do some drama," Katja Herbers tells Watch! in the September-October 2019 issue, "but also has a lightness, has a bit of a twinkle sometimes, can bring some fun to this darkness."

Mike Colter keeps things cool

Actor Mike Colter of the CBS show Evil grimaces as water pours over him in a jungle setting.

T-shirt by Calvin Klein. Necklace by Cartier.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"Will we gloat when we're right?" Mike Colter asks in reference to Acosta's and Bouchard's differing stances. "I don't know, but we have these moments where it's a healthy debate. And perhaps that's our flirtation, perhaps that's our relationship."

Katja Herbers hits new heights

Actress Katja Herbers posing while wearing a black dress.

Dress by Ralph Lauren. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"I am quite a scaredy-cat myself, so it frightened me to read her story at first and to envision it a little bit," says Katja Herbers of her Evil alter ego Kristen Bouchard.

Good cast chemistry

Actors Katja Herbers, Aasif Mandvi, and Mike Colter of the show Evil poses on the top of a hotel.

On Mandvi: Suit, shirt, and tie by Hugo Boss. Sneakers by Vince. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo. Watch by Omega. Ring, Mandvi's own. On Colter: Tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, and sunglasses by Tom Ford. Shoes by Barneys New York. On Herbers: Dress by Markarian. Shoes by Ruthie Davis. Sunglasses by Garrett Leight. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"We get each other," says Mike Colter regarding his relationship with costars Katja Herbers and Aasif Mandvi. "And I feel like the characters can go any way we want them to go."

Mike Colter's many talents sparkle

Actor Mike Colter swims fully clothed in a swimming pool.

T-shirt by Calvin Klein. Necklace by Cartier.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Before he was cast as David Acosta in CBS' new drama series Evil, Mike Colter achieved cult-star status for his titular role in the Marvel TV series Luke Cage.

Aasif Mandvi stays afloat

Actor Aasif Mandvi reclines on a floating pool mattress in a swimming pool.

Suit and shirt by Todd Snyder. Sneakers by Vince. Watch by Omega. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo. Ring, Mandvi's own.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"I was raised in an Indian Muslim family, and it was very common for my grandparents to talk about ghosts, and demons, spirits, things like that," shares Aasif Mandvi tells Watch! in the September-October 2019 issue. "It was just the tapestry of how they grew up and what they believed."

Katja Herbers is a funny girl

Actress Katja Herbers smiles and wears a black dress.

Dress by Ralph Lauren.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"I think [Evil's creators] were interested in my comedy work, because I come from comedy in Holland," says Katja Herbers, who cites Julia Louis-Dreyfus as one of her favorite actors.

Aasif Mandvi knows good humor

Actor Aasif Mandvi and Actor Mike Colter of the show Evil smile together.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Many Evil viewers will recognize Aasif Mandvi as a former The Daily Show fixture, where his satirical sketches such as "Paging Dr. Mandvi" left a lasting comedic mark.

Katja Herbers plays to win

Actress Katja Herbers sits on a boardwalk coyly tossing playing cards.

Top by Cami NYC. Pants by Saint Laurent. Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Though psychologist Kristen Bouchard flirts with danger and takes risks, Katja Herbers tells Watch! that her alter ego isn't totally reckless: "If somebody's threatening her, she could just give them something back, throw them off their game. She's not easily intimidated. Maybe underneath, but she's never gonna show it."

These co-stars have three times the charm

The cast of the CBS show Evil pose together on a rooftop dressed to the nines.

On Mandvi: Suit, shirt, and tie by Hugo Boss. Sneakers by Vince. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo. Watch by Omega. Ring, Mandvi's own. On Colter: Tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, and sunglasses by Tom Ford. Shoes by Barneys New York. On Herbers: Dress by Markarian. Shoes by Ruthie Davis. Sunglasses by Garrett Leight. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"There's a cohesion that's happened because we're working together," says Aasif Mandvi his Evil castmates. "But I feel like we're also the kind of people that all get along organically."

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2019.

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By Nate Millado

When it comes to award-worthy shows and performances, it's been an embarrassment of riches in the age of Peak TV. But when the Television Academy announces its Emmy nominations on July 28—yes, the show will go on in September—fingers crossed we hear these 10 names among the nods. Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and some made us laugh until we cried.


The Good Fight For Outstanding Drama Series + Christine Baranski For Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Christine Baranski in a red pantsuit standing against a red backdrop

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight.

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From Season 4's opening what-if standalone—which reimagined a world where Hillary Clinton became president—to the season-ending Jeffrey Epstein episode (with a ballsy final shot), TV's best drama continues to shock and awe. Christine Baranski was nominated six times in a row for playing Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife—but never won. It's time for the Academy to let justice be served.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Evil's Mike Colter For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Mike Colter as David Acosta on Evil

Mike Colter as David Acosta in Evil.

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Demonic possessions and hauntings could be a hard sell for some, but Mike Colter somehow grounds this supernatural procedural with his nuanced performance as a priest in training. His talent is on full display in the episode "Room 320," where Colter conveys fear and desperation at the hands of Nurse Plague—all from the confines of a hospital gurney.

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Schitt’s Creek For Outstanding Comedy Series

The cast of Schitts Creek sitting at a booth eating in a diner

Annie Murphy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Eugene Levy in Schitt's Creek.

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The riches-to-rags cult comedy, from and starring father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, single-handedly put Pop TV on the map, but became a pop cultural phenomenon thanks to Schittheads—aka diehard fans such as Jennifer Lawrence and Mariah Carey—discovering it on streaming. Of course, it helps to have improv legends like the elder Levy and Catherine O'Hara among the cast, plus the younger Levy's GIF-worthy catchphrases ("Very uninterested in that opinion") all over social media.

As difficult as series finales can be, dare we say that Schitt's Creek stuck its landing with a hilarious yet heartfelt sendoff?

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

One Day At A Time's Rita Moreno For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Rita Moreno as Lydia on One Day at a Time

Rita Moreno makes one of Lydia's famous entrances in One Day At A Time.

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The EGOT-winning living legend deserves an Emmy for Lydia's theatrical entrances alone ("I came out of the womb wearing stilettos!") As the sassy, sexy matriarch of a Cuban-American family, Rita Moreno accents abuelita's every line on One Day At A Time with dramatic flair.

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Black Monday's Regina Hall For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Regina Hall in a green and blue colorblocked blazer in Black Monday

Regina Hall as Dawn in Black Monday.

Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/SHOWTIME.

Dawn Towner, one of the few female traders in male-dominated 1980s Wall Street, is both one of the guys and in a league of her own. Regina Hall handles rapid-fire repartee and absurdist humor with aplomb, all while rocking the era's outlandish hair and shoulder pads. She truly paints a complete picture: Dawn is unapologetically zany, ambitious, and sensitive.

Stream Seasons 1 and 2 of Black Monday on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Bob ♥️ Abishola For Outstanding Comedy Series

Folake Olowofoyeku leaning on Billy Gardell in Bob Hearts Abishola

Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell in Bob ♥️ Abishola.

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Sure, we all ♥️ Bob (Billy Gardell) and Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), but Chuck Lorre's groundbreaking sitcom centering on a Nigerian family boasts TV's best supporting cast of scene-stealers: Christine Ebersole as Bob's offensively funny mother, Dottie; Vernee Watson as no-nonsense nurse Gloria; Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley as Abishola's super-protective auntie and uncle; Matt Jones and Maribeth Monroe as Bob's siblings, and co-creator Gina Yashere as Abishola's blunt bestie, Kemi,

Transcending stereotypical tropes, Bob ♥️ Abishola shines a light on the hardworking immigrant experience.

Stream full episodes of Bob ♥️ Abishola on CBS All Access.

Mom's Kristen Johnston For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Kristen Johnston in a plaid shirt on Mom

Kristen Johnston stars as Tammy in the CBS series Mom.

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Two-time Emmy winner Kristen Johnston deserves a crack at a third winged trophy as Tammy, an ex-con with a heart of gold. Johnston is a brilliant physical comic who can uppercut you with over-the-top slapstick—but she can also knock you out with an emotional wallop, as evidenced by her scenes with long-lost Aunt Cookie (Kathleen Turner).

Stream full episodes of Mom on CBS All Access.

All Rise's Simone Missick for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Simone Missick holding chopsticks on All Rise

Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael in All Rise.

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The JAs (judicial assistants) call Judge Lola Carmichael a "Lolacoaster" behind her back because "nobody knows where the ride is taking us." The same can be said about Simone Missick, who takes us on a ride every week with her portrayal of Lola: confident, vulnerable, empathetic, and unorthodox.

Watch All Rise on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Picard's Patrick Stewart For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Patrick Stewart as Picard sitting in a chair on Star Trek Picard

Patrick Stewart as Picard in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard.

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Not any actor can slip so seamlessly back into a beloved character, but Patrick Stewart is not just any actor. His early-25th-century Picard may be older and more weathered than his confident Jean-Luc from Star Trek: The Next Generation. But the way this prolific Shakespearean actor imbues Picard with melancholy and regret, and yet with a glimmer of optimism, is more than enough to make viewers "engage."

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