I’ve been a fan of Freddie Highmore since I saw him in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory back in 2005. He’s done a lot of projects since then, including his role as the creepily iconic Norman Bates in A&E’s Bates Motel, starring alongside Vera Farmiga as his equally creepy mom Norma Bates.
Highmore deserves a break, but I’m glad he’s not taking one! He jumps right back into our TV sets with The Good Doctor, premiering Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
In the series, he 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 – this guy does not age; he looks the same as when he was on The West Wing), 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.
Along with Highmore and Schiff, the series stars 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, and Tamlyn Tomita as Allegra Aoki.
The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios. David Shore is writer and executive producer. Daniel Dae Kim, David Kim and Sebastian Lee are also executive producers. Seth Gordon directed the pilot and is an executive producer as well.
I have high hopes for The Good Doctor, not only because of Freddie Highmore, but because David Shore knows his way around a TV show with a quirky doctor. He created House, starring Hugh Laurie as the cranky Dr. Gregory House.
Check out The Good Doctor website here.