Starzplay acquires Dr Death and Confronting a Serial Killer, as true crime shows steal viewers

Starzplay has nabbed the rights to Dr. Death, a highly anticipated new true crime series based on the real-life events surrounding a Texas surgeon who earned the nickname, after maiming more than 30 patients between 2012 and 2013. 

Based on the crime podcast from Wondery, Dr. Death relates the grim tale of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community, with a flourishing neurosurgery practice. But when an increasing number of patients, in for routine spinal surgeries, are left permanently maimed or dead, suspicions are aroused that not all is as it seems.

Fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), set out to stop him.  The true life crime show also stars Christian Slater (Mr. Robot), Grace Gummer (The Hot Zone), Anna Sophia Robb (Little Fires Everywhere) and Carrie Preston (The Good Wife).

Starzplay EVP of International Digital Networks Superna Kalle said: “The Wondery podcast on which Dr. Death is based on a harrowing tale that captured record-setting attention when it was released in 2018. I have no doubt this will be equally captivating for our wider international audiences.”

The series boasts an all-female directing team which includes Maggie Kiley (Dirty John), who will also executive produce the first two episodes. 

Acquired from NBCUniversal, the limited series will stream in the UK, Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and throughout Latin America. There’s no news yet of a streaming date.

“Dr. Death is based on a harrowing tale that captured record-setting attention when it was released in 2018…”

Going big on true crime, the streaming service has also secured the five-episode docuseries Confronting a Serial Killer. It’ll be available to stream from April 18, with new episodes airing every Sunday.

The series tells the timely story of the unprecedented relationship between journalist Jillian Lauren and the most prolific serial killer in American history, Sam Little, and her race against time to identify his victims before it’s too late. Little recently died in prison at the age of 80, after avoiding justice for his crimes for decades.

Through the perspectives of Lauren and several female investigators, survivors and victims’ family members, Confronting a Serial Killer aims to highlight systemic issues in the American criminal justice system. It’s executive produced  and directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes) with Po Kutchins (The Murder of Laci Peterson).

Interest in the True Crime genre has boomed over lockdown. Top rating true crime TV shows on streaming services include Unsolved Mysteries, Making a Murderer, Abducted in Plain Sight, The Keepers and The Imposter.

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