Freddie receives Golden Globe Nomination

Freddie receives Golden Globe Nomination

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations have been announced! Freddie has been nominated for his work in The Good Doctor for the Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama. Congratulations to Freddie! The Golden Globes will air on January 7, 2018 on NBC.

EW – Welcome to awards season: Monday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for this year’s 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, an event that annually honors the best in television and film.

The Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, air Jan. 7, 2018 on NBC.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Almost Friends News

“Almost Friends” Acquired by Gravitas Ventures

DEADLINE – There were a couple of acquisitions announced this AM. Gravitas Ventures has partnered to acquire U.S. and Canadian rights to Almost Friends, a romantic comedy from writer-director Jake Goldberger (Life of a King). And Grasshopper Film acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Ava, the drama from debut Iranian filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi.

Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) leads the cast of Almost Friends, which will have a day-and-date release of Nov. 17 theatrically and on VOD. The other stars include Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Haley Joel Osment (Silicon Valley), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps), Jake Abel (Love & Mercy), Taylor John Smith (Wolves) and Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU). The film follows a once promising young chef, Charlie who is now an unmotivated twenty-something living at home with his mom and stepfather while working at a small movie theatre and living vicariously through his best friend, Ben. His life takes an unpredictable turn however, when he finds himself falling for local barista Amber.

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“The Good Doctor” Gets Full-Season Order From ABC

‘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.


Freddie Talks Life After “Bates Motel”

The Good Doctor star Freddie Highmore on life after Bates Motel

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Playing a doctor has been somewhat of a relief for Freddie Highmore, who spent five seasons murdering people as Norman Bates on A&E’s Bates Motel. “At the end of the day I go home and feel all right,” he tells EW. “It’s the payoff of having spent so many years killing people — now I get to save them.”

If his new co-workers allow him to, that is.

Highmore didn’t expect to find another television project so soon after Bates Motel — and by soon, we mean he read the script for The Good Doctor three days after his character Norman was killed off. “Having been fortunate enough to be on a TV show that lasted five seasons, you realize you need to choose the right thing,” he says.

What immediately drew him to this project — which is based on the 2013 Korean drama Good Doctor — was Shore’s sincere yet never saccharine writing, as well as the character. Although Shaun struggles to communicate with others, he isn’t devoid of emotions, which is how people with autism are often depicted on TV.

“What’s great about Shaun is that he has those moments of excitement and moments of joy and moments of happiness mixed in with the way he struggles,” says Highmore, who won over Shore with the depth of humanity he displayed on Bates Motel.

Throughout the season, we’ll see Shaun deal with a number of obstacles, both medical and more mundane. As he contends with the hospital’s arrogant head of surgery Dr. Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) and struggles to effectively communicate diagnoses to patients and colleagues alike, he’ll also learn how to deal with having a landlord, navigating office politics, and, of course, romance. For example, he’ll make a connection with fellow resident Dr. Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas), who “is one of the first to try and understand Shaun on a deeper level, as opposed to the superficial medical level,” Highmore says.

With the help of books, documentaries, and autism expert Melissa Reiner, who’s consulting on the show, Highmore hopes to bring some authenticity to his performance. However, he emphasizes this is just a story about one person.

“It’s an impossible task and somewhat ignorant to try and claim that we’re going to be representing, through one singular individual, all people who are on the spectrum and tell everyone’s stories,” he says.

Still, the prognosis seems positive.

The Good Doctor premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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“The Good Doctor” – TCA

‘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.”



Freddie Joins “The Good Doctor”

‘The Good Doctor’: ‘Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore & ‘HTGAWM’ Mystery Man Nicholas Gonzalez Cast In ABC Pilot

Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore is set as the lead The Good Doctor, ABC’s medical drama pilot from House creator David Shore and Hawaii Five-0 co-star Daniel Dae Kim. Also cast in the Sony TV pilot is Nicholas Gonzalez who was introduced in the final minutes of the How To Get Away With Murder season finale last night as a key character to the drama’s mystery.

After taking on killer Norman Bates, who suffers from a dissociative identity disorder, Highmore will be tackling another series lead character with affliction. Written by Shore based on a South Korean format and directed by Seth Gordon, The Good Doctor centers on Dr. Shaun Murphy (Highmore), a young surgeon with Savant syndrome who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital.

Highmore ‘s Dr. Murphy is a young man with autism, awkward at the best of times, not good with social interaction but possessed of an engaging honesty and directness. A medical savant, Shaun has survived a troubled childhood to become a talented doctor. Gonzalez (Pretty Little Liars, Sleepy Hollow) plays Dr. Neil Melendez, the boss of the surgical residents at the hospital.

Shore and Erin Gunn executive produce via Sony TV-based Shore Z alongside Kim, Gordon, Sebastian Lee & David Kim. Lindsay Goffman of Daniel Dae Kim’s 3 AD co-exec produces.

Bates Motel is now in its fifth and final season on A&E. English actor Highmore is repped by UTA, ARG and Fred Tozcek.


Bates Motel News

“Bates Motel” Final Season Premiere Date

Bates Motel will return for the final season on February 20th at 10/9c.

Bates Motel’s Final Season Gets (Early) Premiere Date at A&E

Bates Motel is reopening a few weeks early.

A&E’s sublime Psycho prequel will kick off its fifth and final season on Monday, Feb. 20 at 10/9c, a rep for the cable net confirms to TVLine. The series has traditionally premiered in mid-March.

The 10-episode swan song “is, in a way, the funniest” season yet, “[with] the most dark comedy,”  showrunner Kerry Ehrin revealed to Yahoo TV, adding, “I would say it still somehow manages to be weirdly life affirming.”

As previously reported, pop star/actress Rihanna will recur in Season 5 as Marion Crane, the iconic, ill-fated character that Janet Leigh played in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. “She was an incredibly sweet and hard working person, and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Ehrin told Yahoo. “The episodes that she’s in were very much designed to be like a collision between Psycho and Bates Motel, and, really, it’s the first and only time we’ve ever truly stepped into Psycho.”

Bates Motel‘s farewell season will also give fans a front row seat to the “Mother” in Norman’s head (since the one outside his head is, you know, dead). “We’re gonna get to spend more time with her now,” Ehrin told TVLine over the summer at Comic-Con.

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“Bates Motel” Team Talks Season 5 with TVLine

Bates Motel Team Talks Season 5’s ‘New’ Mother, ‘Racy’ Norma/Norman Moments and the Series’ Final Scene

Bates Motel fans who are still in mourning over Norma’s demise can rest assured that not only will we get a lot more of Vera Farmiga in Season 5, we’ll also get much better acquainted with the “Mother” in Norman’s head — in essence, a whole new character.

“We’re gonna get to spend more time with her now,” executive producer Kerry Ehrin explained to Michael Ausiello when she and the A&E drama’s cast dropped by TVLine’s Comic-Con studio presented by ZTE. In fact, we’ll get to “know her more intimately.”

Maybe we’ll even get to see the sort of “pretty racy things” that Farmiga said she and Freddie Highmore shot for seasons past that ended up on the cutting-room floor. In particular, she recalled, “there was a really intimate moment that never ended up making” it into the show.

Also in the video Q&A above, Highmore shared his hilarious hope for the series’ final scene, Nestor Carbonell put Ehrin on the spot regarding the casting of a sister for Rihanna’s Marion Crane, and Max Thieriot predicted Dylan’s reaction to Norma’s death.


Bates Motel News

Comic-Con: “Bates Motel” to End After Five Seasons

It’s official: “Bates Motel” is closing its doors after the upcoming fifth season.

The executive producers made the announcement during their panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, and with a post on Twitter.

The news comes as little surprise, given the climactic fourth season finale (which saw a pivotal plot twist) and the creatives’ long-standing plan to wrap up the drama on their own terms.

Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have been vocal about their vision of the series as a five-season run, telling Variety, “From the end of the first season, Carlton and I both had the exact same instinct of five seasons.” Ehrin promised that they’ve long had an endgame in mind, “Emotionally, yes, a very specific one. I will say it’s beautiful.”

A&E’s “Bates Motel” was handed a two-season renewal in June 2015, with plans for two 10-episodes runs for seasons 4 and 5.

The critically acclaimed series is a contemporary prequel to the film “Psycho” and shows how Norman Bates (played by Freddie Highmore) unravels through his teenage years. Vera Farmiga plays his mother, Norma Bates.

Farmiga received an Emmy nomination in 2013 for her role. This season, the show received two nominations for cinematography and music competition.