It’s been a little over four years since the series finale of House, M.D. originally aired, neatly wrapping up Hugh Laurie’s eight season marathon of snarking his was through medical mysteries as Dr. Gregory House. It was a bittersweet end, and it left a cantankerous hole in the hearts—and television viewing schedules—of many.
Hugh Laurie returns to the world of American accents and doctors whose names are also nouns this October in the Hulu-exclusive Chance. As of now, there is only a teaser-trailer, and it feels like a show that could either be amazing or horrible (despite, or thanks to, Laurie’s extraordinary talent). This series will follow the work of Eldon Chance, a forensic neurobiologist who is noteworthy for not having a team of highly-skilled doctors subjected to his childish, often destructive whims. It’s based off of a book by the same name, and the series is also being created by the same people responsible for the book Chance—Kem Nunn and Alexandra Cunningham. This could very well be a rare case of an on-screen adaptation being as good as its book.
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There’s not a whole lot to go off of just yet, however, which leaves a pleasant air of mystery surrounding Chance. Some of Laurie’s performance in the teaser-trailer smacks of his time as Greg House. The clip of Chance firmly stating “I will not accept that this problem cannot be solved” rings of his past on-screen life, but it’s important to give Chance…well, a proper chance without drawing endless conclusions to House, M.D. (which is a statement made with a healthy dose of hypocrisy). The whole teaser-trailer runs just under a minute, but it is rich with tension and drama. Though there are few lines spoken, Hugh Laurie conveys a great deal with his expressions alone. One can only hope for a longer trailer, or at least more online breadcrumbs, before the show arrives on Hulu October 17th. Given that it has already been greenlit for two seasons, it’s easy to anticipate great things. Then again, checking out the book prior to its premier could help shed light on some of these mysteries. Until Chance arrives on Hulu, all there really can be is speculation, hope, and the possibility that Hugh Laurie will continue to be an amazing on-television doctor.
By Phil Gorski