Thanks to an Entertainment Weekly exclusive, the Chucky TV series on SYFY now has an official premiere date, first-look image, and teaser. Not only did SYFY share some awesome content for the highly anticipated show, but franchise creator Don Mancini also chatted with the publication about his murderous doll and Chucky’s potential future beyond the Chucky TV series.
As fans of the Child’s Play film series know, Chucky is the name of a Good Guy doll. In the SYFY series, the plot begins with a vintage Good Guy doll is sold at a typical suburban yard sale. As you’ll see in the teaser, Chucky happens to grab a nearby butcher’s knife to keep handy when he goes home with his new owner.
Not long after, the entire town is threatened by a series of murders that expose the seedy underbelly of this classic American small town. Plus, we’ll see many friends and foes from Chucky’s past return as the show explores his origins.
Chucky features franchise newbies like Zackary Arthur, Lexa Doig, and Devon Sawa alongside returning favorites such as Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, and Christine Elise. Brad Dourif is also back to voice the titular killer.
Franchise creator Mancini, who co-wrote the original 1988 Child’s Play and many of the sequels (along with directing), returns to showrun the SYFY original.
Chucky TV series release date
Fans of the serial killer doll don’t have to wait too much longer for the television show to premiere. Per the outlet, Chucky is set to premiere on October 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on SYFY and will receive a simultaneous airing on the USA Network.
The doll design in the Chucky TV series
Also interestingly, the version of Chucky used in the television show is modeled on the doll from Child’s Play 2, which is often considered the best of the franchise by diehard fans.
Mancini took note of fan feedback, saying, “Over the years, I’ve heard that the consensus fan favorite among all the movies is ‘Child’s Play 2’. I think one of the reasons for that is how Chucky looked in that movie and how the late director John Lafia, who passed away last year, shot Chucky. Our goal with the series was to bring Chucky’s look precisely back to that. Tony Gardner and Peter Chevako (special effects artists responsible for creating the show’s puppets) have done a great job. I think fans are really going to love that.”
Chucky’s franchise future
If the show proves to be a success, Mancini revealed to EW that he had plans for the doll’s future, including a return to the movies.
"“We have plans to do that, whether in lieu of additional seasons of the series, or in tandem with [them], potentially. We’re creating a broader ‘Chucky’ universe with the TV series that now could span over different media.”"
Watch the official teaser below:
Chucky premieres October 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SYFY and USA.