Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Hulu Gives 2-Season Pickup to Drama 'Chance' Starring Hugh Laurie

Hulu is continuing its push into original scripted programing with a two season pickup of drama Chance starring Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie (House, Veep). Each season will include 10 episodes, with the first season set to debut in 2016.

Based on the novel of the same name by Kem Nunn, Chance is a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (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 descends into the city's shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter. He soon spirals into an ever deepening exploration of one of mankind's final frontiers - the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind.

Nunn and Alexandra Cunningham wrote the television adaptation of the novel, with Cunningham serving as showrunner. Room director Lenny Abrahamson will also executive produce and direct several episodes. Laurie, Michael London and Brian Grazer will also serve as executive producers. Fox 21 Television Studios and Groundswell Productions will produce.

"It's one of the rare situations when you have a burgeoning network that is saying, 'we are going to plant our flag with this series'," said Bert Sale," President, Fox 21 Television Studios. "It's also a beginning of what hopefully will be a new business for us with new partners, making this an even more exciting time for content creators."