Dr. Death

SeriesFest 2021: Peacock gives first look at Dr. Death

Dr. Death is coming to Peacock this summer, but SeriesFest attendees can get early details about the true crime series with June 28’s panel featuring several of the major players. Tickets are available here for the event, which goes live tonight at 6:00 p.m. for just 24 hours.

The miniseries is the most anticipated original coming up for Peacock, and continues NBCUniversal’s push of turning true crime podcasts into scripted dramas. Bravo premiered Dirty John, based on the podcast of the same name by Christopher Goffard, and that series moved to USA for its second season. But this program, which takes its cues from the Wondery podcast also called Dr. Death, isn’t about love but terrible medical malfeasance.

When Dallas neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch began killing or maiming his patients, two of his colleagues and one prosecutor came together to bring an end to his murder spree. Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story lead Christian Slater co-stars as Dr. Randall Kirby, one of the key players in bringing Duntsch to justice. Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and AnnaSophia Robb (The Act) also star, with Joshua Jackson (The Affair) delivering a bone-chilling performance in the title role.

Jackson, Robb and Slater join director Maggie Kiley and executive producer Patrick Macmanus on the SeriesFest panel to discuss how Dr. Death made its way from podcast to TV program. Since Slater has already done a show that’s similar, it should be particularly interesting to hear from him, especially since he played the victim in his season of Dirty John compared to a hero in this program.

And Jackson, whose recent career has involved tough emotional roles like The Affair and When They See Us, has certainly come a very long way from the earnest and everyman parts that made him a fan favorite in his younger years. There’s a lot to unpack about the making of this show, which is what always makes for a good panel; the best events don’t just promote a series, but have a story of their own to tell.

Watch the latest Dr. Death trailer below and then follow the links underneath to get tickets to this evening’s SeriesFest discussion. Learn what went into what’s certainly going to be one of the most-talked about series on any streaming service this summer.

Tickets for the Dr. Death panel at SeriesFest are available here; the program will stream starting on June 29 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET until June 30 at the same time. For more about SeriesFest, visit the website.

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