ABC Picks Up 'The Good Doctor' for a Full Season


On Tuesday, after just two episodes of its new fall medical drama, ABC announced it will pick up “The Good Doctor”  for a full season.

The show tells the story of Dr. Shaun Murphy, played by neurotypical actor Freddie Highmore, a surgeon who is on the autism spectrum. Murphy also has savant syndrome — a rare condition characterized by an extraordinary ability, such as mathematics or, in Murphy’s case, medicine.

Speaking on a panel, the show’s executive producer, David Shore explained the steps the show took to portray autism. “We saw a lot of doctors, we consulted with people, we’ve got people on the spectrum who we’re working with,” Shore said, according to Deadline. “But he is a specific character, he’s not there to represent autism, he’s there to represent Dr. Shaun Murphy.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, “The Good Doctor” premiered to an audience of 16.9 viewers. The show has received mixed reviews within the autism community since it was first announced.

“The Good Doctor” airs Mondays at 10 pm ET on ABC.

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