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The Patient Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

FX is known for creating TV shows about characters with compelling flaws, and that's true for both its comedies ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Wilfred") and its dramas ("The Shield," "The Americans"). Steve Carell, meanwhile, started his career as a sketch comedy performer at Chicago's Second City and first broke out onto the mainstream with comedic roles on "The Daily Show" and "The Office." More recently, however, he's become known for more serious and psychologically complicated roles in shows like "The Morning Show" and movies like "Foxcatcher."

Now, we're getting "The Patient," a new psychological thriller about the relationship between a reluctant therapist and his serial killer patient, which sounds like a must-watch series for both fans of FX dramas as well as Carell's darker work.

"The Patient" was only just recently announced, so details about it are still relatively scarce. That said, here's everything we know so far about the intriguing FX project.

When is the release date for The Patient?

Unfortunately, "The Patient" doesn't yet have an official release date.

The show is one of four upcoming FX limited series that are currently in development. The other projects include: "Class of '09," a series about two FBI academy graduates played by Kate Mara and Bryan Tyree Henry; "Under the Banner of Heaven," a series based on Jon Krakauer's non-fiction book about the Momon church; and "Fleishman Is in Trouble," which is based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner's novel about a newly single father whose wife goes missing (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Currently, none of the four limited series have confirmed release dates. However, "Class of '09," "Under the Banner of Heaven," and "Fleishman Is in Trouble" were all announced earlier this year, and we've previously assumed that they'll debut sometime in 2022. With that in mind, unless "The Patient" is moved up in the production schedule, it seems most likely that it will debut sometime after those three series. In other words, viewers should probably expect it to drop in either late 2022 or early 2023, but we'll update this article as more information becomes available.

Who is in the cast of The Patient?

The only cast member currently set to star in "The Patient" is Steve Carell, who will play the show's lead character, Dr. Alexander Strauss. As of now, the only other major role in the show that we know about is the serial killer who captures Strauss (see below), though, it's also possible that someone will play Strauss' recently deceased wife in flashbacks.

Behind the camera, "The Patient" is co-created and co-written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg. Previously, the two collaborated on the smash-hit FX series "The Americans," which follows Soviet operatives posing as a suburban American family. Weisberg created "The Americans" and served as its co-showrunner alongside Fields. Like many FX dramas, "The Americans" received consistent critical acclaim throughout the entirety of its time on the air, scoring 18 Emmy nominations and four wins over the course of its six-season run from 2013 to 2018 (via Deadline). Steve Carell, meanwhile, is an Oscar nominee and 11-time Emmy nominee (via IMDb). 

All of which is to say that there's already some very promising talent attached to "The Patient."

What is the plot of The Patient?

"The Patient" is an original psychological thriller co-written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg about a psychotherapist who gets stuck in a terrible predicament. The story follows a mental health professional who gets kidnapped by a serial killer demanding that he help calm his murderous impulses. The situation also forces the psychotherapist to confront his grief over the recent death of his wife. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Carrell will play Dr. Alexander Strauss, a therapist whose "cerebral, sensitive exterior" masks his "deep pain and loss."

"[Fields' and Weisberg's] creative instincts and mastery of plot and character are on display again with 'The Patient,' which will showcase Steve Carell's remarkable talents as an actor, producer and creative collaborator," said FX entertainment president Eric Schrier in a statement about the series.

As of now, FX is planning for "The Patient" to be a 10-episode limited series, though, it's always possible that its run could be extended should it perform well.