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'Chucky' Gets GLAAD Media Award Nomination For Outstanding Drama Series
'Chucky' did a lot for LGBTQ+ representation in Season 2 and has been nominated for Outstanding Drama at the GLAAD Media Awards.
“Chucky” just got major recognition for its portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters. On Wednesday, GLAAD announced its nominees for its 34th Annual Media Awards and gave the slasher series a nod in the coveted Outstanding Drama category.
The SYFY and USA Network original series joins fellow shows “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “Good Trouble,” “Gossip Girl,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The L Word: Generation Q,” “P-Valley,” “September Mornings,” “Star Trek: Discovery” and “The Umbrella Academy” in the category, the winner of which will be announced later this year. According to its website, the GLAAD Media Awards are dedicated to recognizing and honoring “media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and the issues that affect their lives.”
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Franchise creator, Don Mancini, who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, has been vocal about his commitment to representation in his work, and “Chucky” Season 2 furthered that endeavor. The latest season included many storylines designed to highlight both gay youth and non-binary characters.
It continued the story of Jake Wheeler (Zackary Arthur) and Devon Evans (Björgvin Arnarson), two teens who got together at the conclusion of Season 1. The latest season brought them to a Catholic School setting where both the killer doll as well as the oppressive religious environment tested their relationship. In addition, Season 2 reintroduced the world to the non-binary twins Glen and Glenda, who were initially introduced in the 2004 movie “Seed of Chucky" as a killer doll voiced by the incomparable Billy Boyd.
Lachlan Watson, who played both twins in human form in Season 2, previously told USA Insider what the opportunity to bring non-binary characters to the screen meant to them as well as their hope for what it will mean for the future of television.
“This is probably the most monumental and perfect example of that I've gotten up until this point in my career. Because I've never been so literally able to show how different queer characters can be from each other and how lovely and magical it can be to play with gender and to have queer characters be a part of your stories,” they explained. “So, if I were to tell the audience what they can take away from it, I would say, explore gender, imagine bigger things outside of what you know, and go with the flow, but I also feel like I have an opportunity to show other networks and showrunners and creators and writers how putting nonbinary characters in your projects and telling queer stories is not a risk.”
“Chucky” was recently renewed for Season 3 and will be hacking and slashing its way back to TV in the fall. Fans can expect more murder, mayhem, and, of course, LGBTQ+ representation directly from the mind of Mancini.
Catch up on Season 1 of the USA Network and SYFY original series, “Chucky,” on Peacock right now.