HE'S BACK: NEW TV SERIES "CHUCKY"
DEBUTS OCT. 12 ON SYFY AND USA NETWORK.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
I can tell you that I will be locked into the new "Chucky" TV series that premieres Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on the USA and SYFY network.
"Chucky," the killer doll is set to wreak havoc right in time for the Halloween season. The "Chucky" eight-episode TV series will pick up where the last movie--"Cult of Chucky"/"Child's Play"--in the franchise left off.
In the "Chucky" teaser trailer, franchise creator Don Mancini says he wanted to bring the series back to its "Child Play" roots and give the film more of a contemporary edge. The series centers around teenagers and some of the issues they face like bullying.
"With this first season of the TV series we use Chucky as a metaphor for bullying, explained Mancini. "I think in a way Chucky is the perfect bully because he comes, as he always has in our franchise, in the guise of being your best friend. People will laugh and they will scream in the ways that they expect, but I also hope to make people cry."
Well, I'm just hoping that "Chucky" will pack plenty of scares. After seeing the trailers, it looks promising.
In the show Chucky finds his "killer" groove again when he turns up at a yard sale in a suburban American town. It doesn't take long for the little, red-headed monster to unleash his fury. However, Chucky must contend with his past when friends and foes come around to expose his murderous ways.
"Chucky" will feature some fresh faces and familiar ones that will please fans of the movie franchise. They include: "Final Destination's" Devon Sawa, Lexa Doig ("Arrow"), Zackary Arthur ("Transparent"), Teo Briones ("Ratched"), Bjorgvin Arnarson ("PEN 15"), and Alyvia Alyn Lind (TV's "The Young and the Restless"). The Chucky series marks the return of Brad Dourif as the voice of the titular doll. Look for Jennifer Tilly and Dourif's real-life daughter Fiona, reprising as Nica from "Curse/Cult of Chucky." Alex Vincent reprises his role as Andy which he played in the original "Child's Play" and "Child's Play 2" along with Christine Elise McCarthy, who played Andy's foster sister Kyle in "Child's Play 2."
The "Chucky" series serves as a sequel of "Cult of Chucky," the seventh film in the franchise and is produced by UCP and executive produced by creator Don Mancini, David Kirschner, Nick Antosca and Alex Hedlund. Harley Peyton will also serve as executive producer. Mancini, who penned the film franchise, wrote the television adaptation, will direct the first episode, and serves as showrunner.
IN OTHER TV NEWS:
"SWAN SONG" PREMIERES IN THEATERS AND GLOBALLY ON APPLE TV+ DEC. 17.
Apple Original Films today revealed that the highly anticipated, star-studded film "Swan Song" will debut in theaters and globally on Apple TV+ Dec. 17. "Swan Song" stars two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, ("Greenbook") who also serves as producer; eight-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close; and Academy Award nominee Naomie Harris. Golden Globe Award winner Awkwafina and Golden Globe Award nominee Adam Beach also star in the ensemble cast.
Set in the near future, "Swan Song" is a powerful, emotional journey told through the eyes of Cameron (Ali), a loving husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness who is presented with an alternative solution by his doctor (Close) to shield his family from grief. As Cam grapples with whether to alter his family's fate, he learns more about life and love than he ever imagined. "Swan Song" explores how far we will go, and how much we are willing to sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people we love.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Benjamin Cleary ("Stutterer") helms the emotionally compelling and thought-provoking film, from an original screenplay written by Cleary and produced by Anonymous Content and Concordia Studio. Producers are Adam Shulman ("Defending Jacob") and Jacob Perlin ("The Amazing Johnathan Documentary") on behalf of Anonymous Content; Jonathan King ("Stillwater," "Dark Waters") on behalf of Concordia Studio; Rebecca Bourke ("Wave"); Mahershala Ali and Mimi Valdas" ("Hidden Figures") through Know Wonder.
"Swan Song" will join an expanding lineup of Apple Original Films including "CODA," the first film to win all top prizes at Sundance Film Festival and now streaming on Apple TV+; the soon-to-premiere "Finch," the latest film starring Academy Award winner Tom Hanks that marks his follow-up to global smash hit "Greyhound."
In addition, there is the highly anticipated "Emancipation," from director Antoine Fuqua, and starring and produced by Academy Award nominee Will Smith; Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Others include: Joel Coen's "The Tragedy of Macbeth," starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand; "Sharper," from Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, starring and produced by Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, the upcoming YA adaptation "The Sky is Everywhere," directed by Josephine Decker, and starring Grace Kaufman, Cherry Jones and Jason Segel; and more.
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Editor's Note: Some Information used in this report obtained from SYFY, The USA Network and Apple TV+.