TV’s roster of serial-killer shows is about to grow by one when A&E debuts “Those Who Kill” in March.
Though it has several familiar tropes of such shows — a profiler who gets inside the mind of killers (James D’Arcy), an emotionally closed-off female detective (Chloe Sevigny) — executive producer Glen Morgan says there are things that set it apart too.
“I don’t know” if there is a saturation point for such shows, Morgan (“The X-Files,” “Millennium”) said Thursday (Jan. 9) at the TCA winter press tour. “That’s up to the audience. But we’re aware of that, and we’re trying to do our best to steer clear of it.”
Morgan thinks the proliferation of dramas featuring serial killers in recent years has to do with such characters being “our 21st-century monsters.”
“It’s like the Wolf Man, but everyone knows now there’s no Wolf Man,” he says. “Dramatically, there’s danger and there are odd people and they’re threatening, and that’s the last thing you would want to see. That just makes good drama.
“But that’s not what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to talk about … the ramifications of violence, what the victims have to suffer. It’s just not done when you lock the guy away or he happens to die. … It rings out. That’s what our show is trying to be.”
“Those Who Kill” is scheduled to premiere March 3 on A&E.