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Another Sinister Surgeon Gets the True-Crime Treatment in the Trailer for 'Dr Death' Season Two

Édgar Ramirez plays Paolo Macchiarini, who earned the nickname 'Miracle Man' — and Mandy Moore is the journalist looking into him for a story.
By Sarah Ward
November 29, 2023
By Sarah Ward
November 29, 2023

December might be all about festive viewing for some, but this year's merriest month is also delivering a new dose of TV medical nightmares. As promised since mid-2022 and feared since the first season in 2021 — if you're not fond of hospital horror stories, that is — Dr Death is returning with another true-crime tale about a sinister surgeon.

The new doc in the spotlight: surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, who earned the nickname 'Miracle Man' for his innovative operations. But his charm starts to fade when investigative journalist Benita Alexander approaches him for a story — a tale that'll change her life forever, too.

Once again, all of the details are drawn from reality. Once again, Dr Death is bound to prove disturbing whether you already know the ins and outs or you're set to discover them for the first time — as terrifying medical details, especially about deadly doctors, always do. The just-released trailer will get you feeling unsettled already, in fact, before the series drops all eight of its season-two episodes on Stan on Friday, December 22.

Édgar Ramírez (Florida Man) plays Macchiarini, while Mandy Moore (This Is Us) steps into Alexander's shoes. Macchiarini's first reason for getting famous: leading the surgery for the world's first synthetic organ transplant. As for why else he's been in the news, that's what watching the series will tell you.

When it hit streaming queues in mid-2021, Dr Death initially focused on Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson, Fatal Attraction), a surgeon who was full of charm when he was trying to encourage folks with spinal pain and neck injuries into his operating theatre — or when he was attempting to convince hospitals, particularly in Texas, to hire him. But again and again, those surgeries ended horrendously. Actually, that's an understatement.

Duntsch's story is done and dusted; however, he was just the first medical professional that the OG Dr Death — aka the Wondery podcast that shares the TV show's name — has explored. Since then, the audio series has released two further seasons, with its third batch of episodes now providing the basis for the second TV adaptation.

Check out the trailer for Dr Death season two below:

Season two of Dr Death will stream via Stan from Friday, December 22.

Images: Scott McDermott/Peacock.

Published on November 29, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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