Chucky the Killer Doll is Officially Getting His Own TV Series

He’s been terrifying children and adults since 1988 and proven himself to be anything other than a “Good Guy” with his fiery hair and murder sprees. Who would that be? It’s Chucky, one of pop culture’s most well-known horror icons who’s the source of both nightmares and giggles.

Just before the Child’s Play franchise reboot last year, efforts ramped up to shop around for a different Chucky-themed project. Now, it has a home.

Chucky in 'Child's Play'
Chucky in 1988’s ‘Child’s Play’ | United Artists/Getty Images

Syfy orders ‘Chucky’ full series

Prepare your televisions for a new incarnation of Chucky, because the little demonic doll is coming to the small screen with a TV show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Syfy has ordered Chucky straight to series and it’s coming from the mind of the character’s original creator, Don Mancini. The network shared the news during the winter panel for the Television Critics Association’s press tour.

Where will the new series take viewers? It’ll be a direction never seen before, according to Syfy:

“When a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies — and allies — from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster.”

It sounds like there’s a possibility some past film characters could make an appearance, but surely the series will dive into Charles Lee Ray’s history too.

The ‘Chucky’ pilot has been in development since 2019

In January of last year, Syfy announced that Mancini was working on a pilot for the series as its writer, showrunner, and executive producer. He was excited about joining forces with Syfy:

“I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and SYFY is the perfect network for us. 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.”

The pairing even warranted commentary from the serial killer himself, Charles Lee Ray:

“In these troubled times, I believe it’s my obligation as a horror icon to reach the widest possible audience, on TV. For over thirty years, I’ve been scaring the sh*t out of you. But now at SYFY, I look forward to really making a difference.”

What to expect from the ‘Chucky’ TV show

Mancini was not involved with the 2019 film remake of Child’s Play and did not approve of MGM’s decision to redo it in the way they did. He’s down for change, but with his series, he plans to glean inspiration from Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky.  

Information about episodes and a release date is still under wraps, but Mancini will be sharing producer duties with David Kirschner, Nick Antosca, and Harley Peyton.

Mancini and Kirschner are the originators of Chucky and have been keeping his soul alive since the beginning. Expect a bit—or more—of that old horror that the plastic-encased menace is known for delivering.