For the next two weeks, journalists from all over the U.S. are gathered in Los Angeles for the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where TV networks and streaming companies will introduce their newest series and announce exciting news about upcoming shows. Today’s edition of TV Talk includes a major horror TV development, plus intel on NBC Universal series Project Runway, Suits spin-off Pearson, and sitcom Abby’s.
Horror television is about to get a little more adorable (and a whole lot more terrifying): Syfy announced Tuesday that it is developing a TV series centering around Chucky, the red-headed, freckle-faced doll that just so happens to be possessed by a serial killer. The Child’s Play character, who has been the star of seven different slasher films, as well as an upcoming reboot, will be brought to the small screen by original creator Don Mancini, producer David Kirschner, and Channel Zero creator Nick Antosca.
“The show will be a fresh take on the franchise, allowing us to explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format, while staying true to the original vision that has terrorized audiences for over three decades now,” wrote Mancini in a statement announcing the news. Even the scariest doll in the world had a say in the statement: “In these troubled times, I believe it’s my obligation as a horror icon to reach the widest possible audience, on TV. For over 30 years, I’ve been scaring the s— out of you. But now at Syfy, I look forward to really making a difference,” Chucky “said.”