Having secured her next significant TV role as an investigative journalist on Dr. Death, Mandy Moore has lined up her next major TV role. The actress stars alongside Edgar Ramirez as a celebrated surgeon in season two of the Peacock anthology series. Mandy Moore had previously starred in This Is Us, a six-season NBC drama that concluded in May. As part of her recent casting for Hulu’s Twin Flames, Moore reunited with Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who co-created This Is Us. In addition to that, she is currently working on her eighth studio album, “In Real Life,” which was released in May of 2022.
Dr. Death is based on a podcast of the same name and tells the story of a surgeon who deliberately destroys his patients’ lives with his scalpel. A real-life Texas surgeon named Christopher Duntsch is portrayed on the show. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2017 after operating on nearly 40 patients and severely injuring or killing most of them between 2011 and 2013. The primary question driving Dr. Death is how Duntsch could operate with impunity for so long, even though many individuals tried to call attention to his action but failed. The series tells the story of the doctor’s journey from a young man to a friend to a medical student and surgeon.
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Dr. Death’s second season stars Moore as Benita Alexander, a reporter who falls in love with Paolo Macchiarini, a regenerative medicine researcher from Italy. But before long, Alexander discovers a whole new side to him. Peacock notes that the new season will focus on the life and career of Macchiarini. Alexander discovers the extent to which he is willing to go to protect his secrets when she approaches him for a story. Meanwhile, a group of doctors halfway across the world makes shocking discoveries that raise doubts about everything.
Featuring Joshua Jackson as the slick and overconfident Duntsch, the first season of the series is a lightly fictionalized version of the podcast. Christian Slater and Alec Baldwin played the two doctors that helped bring him down, while AnnaSophia Robb appeared as the assistant district attorney in the show. Both the podcast and show document their efforts to stop Christopher Duntsch, who moves between hospitals and continues to hurt patients.
Patrick Macmanus from the first season will executive produce season two, with Ashley Michel Hoban stepping in as showrunner. Executive producers include Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Taylor Latham, Aaron Hart, Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewy, and Linda Gase. The first four episodes of the series’ second season will be directed by Jennifer Morrison, while the last four will be directed by Laura Belsey.
Dr. Death Gets Renewed for Season 2 at Peacock