Patrick Macmanus serves as a writer, executive producer, and showrunner on Dr. Death. The new Peacock original is based on Wondery’s hit podcast of the same title, which has over 50 million listeners to date, and will also tell the horrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch. The show began streaming on Thursday, July 15.
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.
Macmanus has developed shows at AMC, Starz, ABC, Sony Pictures Television, Fox Television Studios, NBC, Tribeca, CBS, Amazon, Netflix, and more. Next, he will serve as co-showrunner on Hulu’s The Girl from Plainville.
I spoke with Macmanus about how this series stands out compared to his other work, which role he was most excited to see brought to life on screen, the challenges of turning this true story into a show, and so much more. Watch my interview below to hear what he shared!