In Jackson’s new Peacock series, Dr. Death, the Fringe alum is tapping into the mind of Duntsch, a twisted former Texas surgeon who inflicted harm on most of his patients, eventually killing two of them.
When fellow doctors began to notice a pattern of bad outcomes, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson, vascular surgeon Randall Kirby, and Dallas prosecutor Michelle Shughart banded together to take him down.
The miniseries is based on real-life events told in the first season of journalist Laura Beil’s Wondery podcast of the same name.
Here’s the trailer:
Peacock’s official synopsis reads:
“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.”
Dr. Death is from a directing team including Maggie Kiley (Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story), who will also executive produce the first two episodes, Jennifer Morrison (Euphoria) and So Yong Kim (Lovesong).
The series is executive produced by Patrick Macmanus, who also serves as showrunner. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, and Taylor Latham also executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery.
Dr. Death will be streaming on Peacock on July 15th.