Everybody panic! Hulu, the streaming giant, is reportedly developing a new show called Demons. The show, created by writer Juliet Lashinsky-Revene, focuses on the North American Satanic Panic of the 1980s and 1990s.
For those who might be unaware, the term “Satanic Panic” refers to a moral panic that took over news headlines for years. The panic started when a California mother accused her child’s preschool teacher of sexual abuse. The accusations eventually escalated to include bizarre claims that the teachers could fly and flush children down the toilet to send them to a secret sub-basement in the facility. From there, some really irresponsible police work and questionable psychiatry gave way to the misplaced panic led concerned parent groups to declare that basically every fun thing was a secret Satanic recruitment tool. Comic Books, Dungeons & Dragons, Heavy Metal, Horror Movies; They even went after Halloween, those bastards!
(A quick side note: We like to think of this Satanic Panic as being locked in the 80s, but I distinctly remember churches holding Harry Potter book burnings because of all the “Witchcraft“)
With that cultural backdrop, Demons looks to tell the story of Marilyn Jones, who helped kick off the aforementioned Satanic Panic with her husband, psychiatrist Bennett Lewis. As the show is in the early stages of development, no casting has been announced as of yet. Currently, the plan for the series is for each season to deal with a different accusation investigated by Jones and Lewis.
In addition to creating and writing the show, Juliet Lashinsky-Revene will co-executive produce it. The other co-executive producers are Karyn Usher (veteran TV writer and producer, best known for Bones and Prison Break) and Lisa Zwerling (another longtime TV writer and prouder, best known for ER and Flashforward). It’s impossible to say anything for certain at this point, but looking at the talent assembled for this project, it’s a safe bet that Demons will be heavier on drama than gore. Though, now that I think about it, ER had its own kind of gore.
Are you stoked for Demons?! I love this era of pop culture, where suburban parents just accepted that their neighbors hold secret cult rituals in the guest room on weekends. For more Demons news as it develops, check back here.