Even with the most minimally invasive surgeries around, when a person goes under the knife, there’s always a fear that the worst might happen. In the new Peacock series, “Dr. Death,” the fear is validated by the fact that there’s a surgeon that wants to make sure the worst does, in fact, happen.
As seen in the new trailer for “Dr. Death,” the series is based on the scary true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a hotshot neurosurgeon in Dallas who has a penchant for making sure his patients come in with one issue and leave with a variety of others. You know, like when you go in with some back pain and leave a quadriplegic. That sort of problem.
Joining Jackson in the cast are Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, and AnnaSophia Robb. “Dr. Death” is based on the Wondery podcast of the same name and directed by a team that includes Maggie Kiley (“Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story”), Jennifer Morrison (“Euphoria”), and So Yong Kim (“Grand Army”). The series is showrun by Patrick Macmanus, who is probably best known for his TV work that includes “Marco Polo,” “Happy!” and the upcoming series, “The Girl from Plainville.”
“Dr. Death” is expected to debut on Peacock this summer. You can watch the trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
Based on Wondery’s hit podcast, DR. DEATH is inspired by the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), as well as Dallas prosecutor Michelle Shughart (AnnaSophia Robb), set out to stop him. DR. DEATH explores the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.