Dr. Death is now streaming on Peacock, as NBCUniversal’s streaming service unveils its first true crime original.
The heavily promoted, star-studded miniseries stars Joshua Jackson as Dr. Christopher Duntsch, the titular surgeon who harmed more patients than he ever saved. Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater add more power in the roles of the colleagues who stopped his murderous ways, along with AnnaSophia Robb as the prosecutor who ensured that Duntsch was brought to justice.
The scripted drama takes its title from the podcast of the same name, which in turn is based on true events. Duntsch injured or killed more than 30 patients before being sentenced to life in prison in 2017.
CNBC’s American Greed previously profiled Duntsch in a February episode; the first ten minutes are still available here. A new companion documentary, Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story, will also stream on Peacock starting July 29; the trailer has already been released.
Given the subject matter, Dr. Death won’t be for true crime fans who are uncomfortable with medical scenes. But it will likely appeal to the huge audience that’s developed for material based on podcasts, a lot of which has come from other NBCUniversal productions.
NBCU’s cable channel Bravo got a Golden Globe nomination for Dirty John, which was based on the podcast about con man “Dirty John” Meehan. The show was picked up for a second season as an anthology show; the second season moved to Bravo’s sister channel USA and was subtitled The Betty Broderick Story as it focused on the infamous Betty Broderick murder case.
Dr. Death is exclusive to Peacock and as such requires a subscription to stream. All eight episodes are available now.
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