After 176 episodes of the critically acclaimed television show house it seemed as though Hugh Laurie might be done with television forever. We were wrong. Earlier in the year he starred in a passion project called The Night Manager, a role that has earned him an Emmy nomination. In addition to that he will be starring in his own show on Hulu called Chance.
Who is Eldon Chance?
Chance is a neuropsychiatrist who becomes entangled in a risky dynamic with a patient in distress (played by Gretchen Mol) and her abusive husband. The shows Producer Michael London describes Chance’s character as “a character who’s lived the life of the mind” and is forced to become a man of action. So, he is an incredibly intelligent doctor who is complex and his name is the name of the show, ring any bells? According to Laurie who spoke about it at the TCA press tour on August fifth, the two are nothing alike.
The Main Differences
Laurie himself stated that he sees no similarities between the two characters. He added that he thinks of them as opposites because of the way he has separated them in his own mind. He also said that perhaps he is wrong and it will distract people from the brilliance of this show, but he hopes that it doesn’t because the characters are extremely different in their outlook on life and the way their stories unfold.
Laurie’s Fascination with the Role
First, it was because the character is not an anti-hero, he is someone with hope who wants to help but does not know how. He is drawn into dangerous territory because he feels like he never truly helped any of his patients and he’s part of a broken system. It also doesn’t hurt that Lenny Abrahamson- best known for the Oscar winning movie Room is one of the shows directors. Perhaps the greatest perk of all is that the show is only 10 episodes rather than 22, something that Laurie applauded because it makes way for better character development and at the end the characters are unrecognizable from where they started.
Chance premieres on Hulu on October 19th, 2016