Wednesday, March 3 at 9/8c
Starring Andrew McCarthy, Diane Ladd, Ed Begley Jr. and Bruce Davison.
Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, the haunting new 15-hour drama series created directly for television by the award-winning, best-selling master of horror, will premiere with a two-hour episode from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET on Wednesday, March 3, and will air in its regular 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET timeslot beginning Wednesday, March 10.
The Kingdom is a hospital with a bizarre population that includes a nearly blind security guard, a nurse who regularly faints at the sight of blood and a paraplegic artist whose recovery is a step beyond miraculous. When patients and staff hear the tortured voice of a little girl crying through the halls, they are dismissive of any suggestion of mysticism or unseen powers … at their own peril.
Andrew McCarthy plays the role of Dr. Hook, a brilliant surgeon who resides in the hospital's basement and has a penchant for collecting medical equipment. Diane Ladd is Mrs. Druse, a psychic hypochondriac whose strong connection to the spirit world repeatedly draws her to the emergency room of Kingdom Hospital. Bruce Davison is Dr. Stegman, whose absent bedside manner and arrogance are paralleled only by his ineptitude as a physician.
Using Lars Von Trier's Danish miniseries Riget (a.k.a. The Kingdom) as a point of inspiration, Stephen King gives this series a unique, darkly comedic and menacing American touch. King himself describes it as ER crossed with The Shining.
Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital is executive-produced by Stephen King and Mark Carliner and produced by Tom Brodek. Bob Phillips is also producer. The series is directed by Craig Baxley. Richard Dooling will serve as creative consultant.
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