Podcasts are as popular as ever. Peacock is bringing “Dr. Death” to life on TV with a new production. The series is based on Wondery’s hit podcast, the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a rising star in the Dallas medical community.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, the series has begun production in Albuquerque and Moriarty.
It is produced by Northern Entertainment Productions LLC/UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch – played by Joshua Jackson – 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, played by Alec Baldwin, and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby, played by Christian Slater, set out to stop him. Also starring in the series are Grace Gummer, Carrie Preston and AnnaSophia Robb.
The series explores the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.
“We are thrilled to welcome the television series ‘Dr. Death’ to New Mexico,” said Amber Dodson of the New Mexico Film Office. “This UCP production will be the first to utilize NBCU’s new studio in Albuquerque.”
In June 2019, NBCUniversal entered into a 10-year agreement to renovate and develop a warehouse into a state-of-the-art TV and film studio. With the agreement, NBCUniversal became a film partner with the state of New Mexico.
According to the film office, the production will employ about 100 New Mexico crew members, five New Mexico cast members, and 100 New Mexico background and extras.
The series is directed by Maggie Kiley, So Yong Kim and Jennifer Morrison and executive produced by Patrick Macmanus.