Hugh Laurie is heading back to the hospital. After returning to TV in an expectation-shattering guest turn on “Veep” last season, the former “House” star has signed on to star in a new medical series picked up by Hulu Wednesday afternoon. “Chance,” based on the book by Kem Nunn, earned a 20-episode two-season order after a bit of a bidding war between the streaming service and broadcast networks.
The new hour-long psychological thriller follows Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who makes an ill-advised decision regarding an attractive patient who might have multiple personality disorder. Chance becomes the target of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a police detective who doesn’t exactly go by the book. The doctor soon descends into the city’s darkest corners, all while dealing with a rambunctious teenage daughter who may be acting out because of her parent’s impending divorce. But above all else, “Chance” is an exploration of all aspects connected to the human mind, from its inner workings to its greatest depths.
Hot off the indie hit and awards contender “Room,” director Lenny Abrahamson has been hired to direct a handful of episodes and executive produce the series. Nunn wrote the series with new showrunner Alexandra Cunningham (“Aquarius,” “Bates Motel,” “Desperate Housewives”). Laurie, Brian Glazer (“Arrested Development”) and Michael London (“Milk”) are also on board as executive producers.
No timeline was given as to when “Chance” would premiere, but 2017 seems like a reasonable expectation.