If we don’t count the limited series, When We Rise, ABC introduced eight new TV series during the regular 2016-17 television season and cancelled five of them. Now they’re dispatching young Dr. Shaun Murphy on a house call, with the first season of The Good Doctor TV show. From House creator David Shore and Lost vet Daniel Dae Kim, the medical drama is based on a South Korean series of the same name. Can it find success in the U.S.? Will The Good Doctor be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
The Good Doctor stars Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Beau Garrett, Hill Harper, Tamlyn Tomita, and Richard Schiff. The ABC TV show centers on Dr. Shaun Murphy (Highmore), a new surgical resident with autism and savant syndrome. His incredible memory and keen ability to perceive spatial relations inform Shaun’s gifted comprehension of his patients. Meanwhile, his autism can hinder his ability to communicate with others. With only the help of his advocate, Dr. Aaron Glassman (Schiff), Shaun must challenge the skepticism and prejudices of the hospital’s board and medical staff, in order to do his job and save lives. **Update below.
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3/27 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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What do you think? Do you like The Good Doctor TV series on ABC? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
** 3/7 update: The Good Doctor is renewed for season two on ABC. Details here.