Chance is the upcoming crime-thriller series from streaming service Hulu who, like Netflix and Amazon, are planning to expand on their own original content offerings. Starring Hugh Laurie as Dr. Eldon Chance, it’s based on the best-selling 2014 novel of the same name by Kem Nunn, who’s written the series alongside Alexandra Cunningham (NYPD Blue).
The official show synopsis is as follows:
Chance is a provocative, psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (Hugh Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective.
In over his head, Chance’s descent into the city’s wayward underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers- the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind.
If I’m brutally honest this looks like a show I’d watch more for the cast than the plot. As someone who’s read a fair amount of crime fiction over the years this doesn’t really look to be bringing anything different to the table – just a standard noir-ish crime thriller with the femme fatale and damaged protagonist. However that doesn’t mean it won’t be an entertaining and/or compelling watch, and with the talent on display both in front of and behind the camera I’d be surprised if that wasn’t the case.
What do you think?
Chance is due to begin streaming its 10-episode-long first season on Hulu from 19 October. With episodes directed by the likes of the Oscar-nominated Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Daniel Attias (The Wire) and Michael Lehmann (Blunt Talk), it stars Hugh Laurie, Gretchen Mol, LisaGay Hamilton, Paul Adelstein, Ethan Suplee and Stefania LaVie Owen.
Last Updated: October 4, 2016