ABC has officially announced the medical drama The Good Doctor will return for a second season. According to the network, The Good Doctor is their top performing new series of the past 13 years. The first season’s lifted ABC’s Mondays at 10pm time slot year over year, with The Good Doctor posting an increase of 172% in total viewers during that 10-11pm hour.
“The Good Doctor‘s message of inclusiveness resonates with our viewers and is a hallmark of what we aim to accomplish here at ABC,” stated Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “This series has quickly joined the zeitgeist and broken records in the competitive television landscape. We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Shaun Murphy will be back for another season.”
Season one stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez, Chuku Modu as Dr. Jared Kalu, Beau Garrett as Jessica Preston, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman and Tamlyn Tomita as Allegra Aoki. David Shore writes and executive produces the critically acclaimed series.
Daniel Dae Kim, David Kim and Sebastian Lee also serve as executive producers. In addition, Seth Gordon directed the show’s pilot and is involved as an executive producer.
The Plot: Golden Globe nominee Freddie Highmore stars as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who relocates from a quiet country life to join the prestigious St. Bonaventure hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, his only advocate, Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff), challenges the skepticism and prejudices of the hospital’s board and staff when he brings him in to join the team. Shaun will need to work harder than he ever has before, as he navigates his new environment and relationships to prove to his colleagues that his extraordinary medical gifts will save lives.