Chucky is back, Jack! And he is ready to play. The iconic killer doll returns in its first-ever TV series, which premieres tonight, October 12, on both Syfy and the US. Knife in hand, the not-so-good guy has a few new friends and plenty of old enemies to contend with as playtime turns into deathtime. Participate Chucky are franchise newcomers Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Alyvia Alyn Lind and Bjorgvin Arnarson. We recently spoke to the young cast to find out what it was like to work with Chucky.
In the new television series, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos after a vintage ‘Good Guy’ doll shows up at a suburban sale. Soon everyone is faced with a series of gruesome murders that uncover the deep hypocrisy and hidden secrets of the city. Meanwhile, friends and foes from Chucky’s past crawl back into his world and threaten to uncover the truth behind his mysterious parentage as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this infamous monster.
Chucky is produced by UCP and executive produced by creator Don Mancini, David Kirschner, Nick Antosca and Alex Hedlund. Harley Peyton will also serve as an executive producer. Mancini, who wrote the film franchise, wrote the television adaptation, directs the first episode and serves as showrunner.
The “classic coming of rage” story kicks off tonight, October 12, and brings some big scares ahead of the Halloween season. The TV show is considered a direct sequel to the 2017 Child’s play movie Cult of Chucky, which served as the 7th film in the franchise. The VS and Syfy series has no affiliation with the recent Child’s play reboot, and instead continues the legacy first formed in the 1988 original, with longtime franchise icon Brad Dourif returning to reprise his role as the voice of Chucky, former serial killer Charles Lee Ray .
The first episode titled Death by misfortune introduces new hero Jake (Zakary Arthur), a gay teen whose father does not accept the boy’s “nascent sexual and romantic identity”. After finding the vintage Good Guy doll at a garage sale, Jake and Chucky embark on a chaos that will bring many familiar faces back into the herd. Episode 2, titled “Give Me Something Good to Eat,” is in debt on October 19. There are 8 episodes in the first season with franchise creator Don Mancini directing them all.