Dopesick
Genre
Created byDanny Strong
Based onDopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America
by Beth Macy
Starring
ComposerLorne Balfe
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3
Production
Executive producers
CinematographyChecco Varese
Editors
Running time57–62 minutes
Production companies
  • Danny Strong Productions
  • John Goldwyn Productions
  • The Littlefield Company
  • 20th Television
Release
Original networkHulu
Original releaseOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Dopesick is a American drama miniseries created by Danny Strong based on the non-fiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy. The first three episodes of the eight-episode series were released on October 13, 2021, on Hulu.[1][2]

Premise

Dopesick focuses on "the epicenter of America's struggle with Opioid addiction" across the U.S.[3]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]Prod.
code
1"First Bottle"Barry LevinsonDanny StrongOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)1DJE01
2"Breakthrough Pain"Barry LevinsonDanny StrongOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)1DJE02
3"The 5th Vital Sign"Michael CuestaDanny Strong & Beth MacyOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)1DJE03

Production

Development

On June 17, 2020, it was announced that Hulu had given the production a limited series order consisting of eight episodes based on the book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy. The series was created by Danny Strong who also serves as executive producer alongside Michael Keaton, Warren Littlefield, John Goldwyn, Beth Macy, Karen Rosenfelt, and Barry Levinson who directed the limited series. Production companies involved with the series are 20th Television (replacing the initially announced Fox 21 Television Studios), John Goldwyn Productions and The Littlefield Company.[1][5][6]

Casting

Alongside the miniseries announcement, Michael Keaton was also cast in a starring role.[7] In September 2020, Peter Sarsgaard, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, and John Hoogenakker joined the main cast, with Phillipa Soo and Jake McDorman joining in recurring roles.[8][9][10][11][12] In October 2020, Rosario Dawson was cast as a series regular while Ray McKinnon was cast in a recurring role.[13][14] In November 2020, Cleopatra Coleman joined the cast in a recurring role.[15] In December 2020, Michael Stuhlbarg was cast as a series regular.[16] In January 2021, Jaime Ray Newman, Andrea Frankle and Will Chase joined the cast in recurring roles.[17] In March 2021, Rebecca Wisocky and Meagen Fay were cast in recurring capacities.[18] In April 2021, Trevor Long joined the cast of the series, in a recurring capacity.[19]

Filming

Principal photography began in December 2020 in Richmond, Virginia and Clifton Forge, Virginia[20][21] and is scheduled to continue through May 2021. North Carolina and Georgia were in contention, but Virginia was selected for its tax incentives and locations.[22]

Release

Dopesick was released on Hulu on October 13, 2021.[2] The pilot will screen at the Virginia Film Festival on October 30, 2021, followed by a discussion with Danny Strong and Beth Macy.[23] Internationally, the series will be premieried on the Star content hub of Disney+ , Disney+ Hotstar and Star+ on November 12, 2021.[24]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 83% approval rating with an average rating of 7.4/10, based on 24 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Dopesick at times sinks under the weight of its subject matter, but strong performances from Michael Keaton and Kaitlyn Dever and an empathetic approach to the very real people impacted by the opioid crisis make for harrowing drama."[25] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 69 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[26]

Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave the series an A- and said, "Dopesick deftly corrals the vast addiction epidemic through intimate, deeply engrossing stories of human devastation."[27] Reviewing the series for USA Today, Kelly Lawler gave a rating of 3 out of 4 stars and described the cast as "excellent and empathetic, helping ground the series. Keaton is at his best, mastering a character who's a mess of contradictions and transformation."[28]

References

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 17, 2020). "Michael Keaton To Star In 'Dopesick' Hulu Limited Series From Danny Strong, John Goldwyn & Warren Littlefield; Barry Levinson To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (August 6, 2021). "Hulu Sets Premiere Dates For 'Dopesick', 'The Great' & 'Animaniacs'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  3. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (June 17, 2020). "Michael Keaton to Star in 'Dopesick' Adaptation From Empire Co-Creator". TVLine. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "Shows A-Z - dopesick on hulu". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  5. ^ Thorne, Will (June 17, 2020). "Michael Keaton to Star in Opioid Addiction Hulu Series From 'Empire' Co-Creator". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  6. ^ "Hulu's Fall 2021 Original Programming Slate" (Press release). Hulu. September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 17, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  7. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 17, 2020). "Michael Keaton to Star in Opioid Crisis Drama 'Dopesick' at Hulu". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (September 9, 2020). "Peter Sarsgaard Joins Michael Keaton In 'Dopesick' Hulu Limited Series From Danny Strong & Warren Littlefield". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 10, 2020). "Kaitlyn Dever To Star Opposite Michael Keaton In 'Dopesick' Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (September 15, 2020). "Will Poulter Joins 'Dopesick' Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (September 22, 2020). "John Hoogenakker Joins 'Dopesick' Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  12. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 21, 2020). "Phillipa Soo, Jake McDorman Join 'Dopesick' Cast at Hulu (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (October 22, 2020). "Rosario Dawson Joins 'Dopesick' Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (October 28, 2020). "'Dopesick': Ray McKinnon To Recur In Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (November 11, 2020). "Cleopatra Coleman Joins 'Dopesick' Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (December 17, 2020). "Michael Stuhlbarg Joins 'Dopesick' Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  17. ^ Pederson, Erik (January 28, 2021). "'Dopesick': Jaime Ray Newman, Andrea Frankle & Will Chase To Recur On Hulu's Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (March 19, 2021). "'Dopesick': Rebecca Wisocky & Meagen Fay To Recur In Hulu Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  19. ^ Shanfeld, Ethan (April 28, 2021). "Trevor Long To Play Young Rudy Giuliani In Hulu's 'Dopesick' (TV News Roundup)". Variety. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  20. ^ http://www.alleghanyjournal.com/aj_article.php?ndx=22140
  21. ^ https://www.film.virginia.org/hotline/post/richmond-clifton-forge-casting-extras-for-limited-series-dopesick-dec-may-paid/
  22. ^ Curran, Colleen (January 12, 2021). "'Dopesick'-a Hulu limited series with Michael Keaton-is filming in Richmond area through May". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  23. ^ "Virginia Film Festival". Virginia Film Festival. September 16, 2021. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  24. ^ https://whatsondisneyplus.com/dopesick-coming-soon-to-hulu-star/
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  26. ^ "Dopesick: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  27. ^ Baldwin, Kristen (October 6, 2021). "Dopesick review: An American horror story that's all too real". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  28. ^ Lawler, Kelly (October 13, 2021). "Review: Michael Keaton's opioid drama 'Dopesick' is harrowing, horrifying and a must-watch". USA Today. Retrieved October 13, 2021.