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Posted by Jess on October 11, 2017

Posted by Jess on October 03, 2017

‘The Good Doctor’ Gets Full-Season Order From ABC After 2 Airings

DEADLINEUPDATED: After impressive premiere and Week 2 hold, ABC’s breakout new drama The Good Doctor starring Freddie Highmore has received a full-season pickup, earning an early back order to bring its freshman total from 13 to 18 episodes. I hear the back order is for 5 not the standard 9 episodes, which has become the norm for a lot of broadcast drama series, including NBC’s This Is Us, Fox’s Empire and ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder.

The Good Doctor, from House creator David Shore and former Hawaii Five-0 co-star Daniel Dae Kim, ranks as the top new broadcast drama series so far this season. It becomes the second freshman series this fall besides CBS’ comedy Young Sheldon to receive a full-season order 8 days into the season.

“We are thrilled to announce that we are giving our viewers additional episodes of The Good Doctor,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment.  “We have an amazing team in front of and behind the camera, led by Freddie Highmore’s incredibly nuanced performance as Dr. Shaun Murphy, and we’re confident the show will continue to captivate our audience.”

The Good Doctor, from Sony Pictures TV Studios and ABC Studios, got off to a strong ratings start last Monday with a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and 11.22 million viewers in Live+same day, and then exploded in Live+3.

After three days of playback, The Good Doctor‘s L+SD viewership increased by a whopping  +5.5 million viewers (to 16.9 million, +48%), the second largest absolute gain for a broadcast series premiere ever, behind only ABC’s How To Get Away with Murder (+5.9 million on 9/25/14). In adults 18-49, The Good Doctor jumped by a +1.5 rating (to 3.7 in L+3, +68%), tying the absolute lifts of Designated Survivor and Empire as second largest behind HTGAWM (+1.9).

The Good Doctor then carried the momentum into its second week, with its second episode last night holding onto 100% of the L+SD delivery for the series debut and a rare no Week 2 drop-off.

The Good Doctor was written by Shore based on a South Korean format. It stars Highmore as a young surgeon with Savant syndrome recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Richard Schiff, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Hill Harper and Beau Garrett co-star.

Shore, who serves as showrunner, and Kim executive produce with David Kim, Sebastian Lee and director Seth Gordon. Erin Gunn and Lindsay Goffman co-exec produce.

Posted by Jess on September 28, 2017

I’ve added screen captures of the first episode of The Good Doctor!

Watch The Good Doctor on Mondays at 10|9c only on ABC.


Posted by Jess on August 07, 2017

‘The Good Doctor’ Is Not Representative Of Autism, Says EP David Shore – TCA

As Daniel Dae Kim departs his role on Hawaii Five-0, he embraces his producing career as EP of ABC’s new offering, The Good Doctor. The show centers on Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a pediatric surgeon diagnosed with autism. Having seen the show in its original 2013 incarnation in Korea, Kim felt it would work well for American viewers and set about developing it in the U.S.

“I loved the message of it, it was a very familiar genre to American audiences in that it’s a medical show,” he said. “That was the impetus for me to try and bring it over.”

The Good Doctor has some parallels with the show House, EP David Shore admitted. “There was speculation as we went along about Dr. House and we certainly didn’t shy away from that,” he said. “The characters though ultimately couldn’t be more different.”

Shore was quick to point out that much research and consultation was done before representing a person living with autism. “We saw a lot of doctors, we consulted with people, we’ve got people on the spectrum who we’re working with,” he said. “But he is a specific  character, he’s not there to represent autism, he’s there to represent Dr. Shaun Murphy.”

Dr. Murphy exhibits savant traits, which are a highly unusual aspect of autism, but Shore assured reporters the show would work hard not to contribute to stereotyping. “Savant syndrome is rare, even within the community of people with autism,” he said, “I think it’s a legitimate question, and we want to make sure that we don’t represent him as being representative in any way.”

For Highmore, the character was a welcome change from his work on Bates Motel.

“It’s nice to save people after years of killing them,” he joked. “The character of course was a fascinating one, and it all starts on the page, what we are trying to do is moving away from perhaps the stereotypical versions of people with autism that have been shown on television and in certain movies in the past, the number one thing being that they are somehow devoid of emotion, that they don’t experience as broad a range of emotions as neurotypical people do, and of course that’s complete nonsense.”

Richard Schiff as Dr. Ira Glassman also feels the project is an important representation of autism. “I have a history with this particular challenge of autism with a couple of different people in my life,” he said. “I personally appreciate any person in real life that steps out of their way to save a life, so to speak, even if it’s psychologically.”

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