NBC has commissioned a series entitled Dr Wolf starring Zachary Quinto.
News of Quinto landing the role first emerged back in January. However, at the time it was believed to be for a one-off pilot episode. According to Variety, NBC now wants a series.
In the show, Quinto plays Dr. Oliver Wolf. He is described as “a revolutionary, larger-than-life neurologist as he and his team of interns explore the last great frontier — the human mind — while also grappling with their own relationships and mental health.”
The life and work of Dr Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) serves as an inspiration for the show. The late, acclaimed neurologist wrote best-selling books about some of his cases, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars.
This is not the first time the entertainment industry has drawn upon Sacks. The late Robin Williams played a character based on Sacks in the 1990 movie Awakenings.
The sexuality of the fictional Dr Wolf is unknown. In real life, Oliver Sacks was gay. However, he did not talk about his sexuality for decades. He lived a celibate life for around 35 years from his 40s onwards. Sacks met the writer Bill Hayes in 2008, with whom he shared the final years of his life.
Among the production teams involved with Dr Wolf is gay über-producer Greg Berlanti.
Because of the writers’ strike delaying many productions, it’s not yet known if Dr Wolf will premiere mid-season or if we must wait until next fall. Until then, Quinto fans will have to make do with seeing him alongside Lukas Gage in the dark comedy, Down Low.
The buzzy dark comedy ‘Down Low’ hits digital platforms on October 10.
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