In Jackson’s new Peacock series, Dr. Death, the Fringe alum is tapping into the mind of Christopher 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.
The trailer opens with Jackson’s character introducing himself to a medical team before beginning an operation.
“It is important we are in and out with as little fanfare as possible.
So mouths shut, ears open. Let’s begin.”
Here’s the trailer:
Peacock’s official synopsis reads:
“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.”
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).
Dr. Death premieres on Peacock this summer 2021.