A panel discussion with the cast and producers of the hit first-season ABC medical drama “The Good Doctor” was held Thursday evening at the Dolby Theatre as part of the 35th annual PaleyFest LA.
The panel consists of cast members Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff and Tamlyn Tomita and executive producers David Shore and Daniel Dae Kim.
“The Good Doctor” is the most-watched new drama of the 2017-18 season and fourth most-watched entertainment series, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen.
Highmore received a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actor in a television drama for his portrayal of Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who relocates from a rural area to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit.
“The Good Doctor” is based on a Korean series Kim saw and said he “loved the message of.”
“The primary thing that made me really want to pursue this show and bring it to American audiences is the fact that the character of Shaun… is someone who was born with a set of obstacles,” said Kim, who portrayed Honolulu Police Department Lt. Chin Ho Kelly on the CBS crime drama “Hawaii Five-0” from 2010-17.
“The obstacles were not put in his own way by his own choices. In so many dramas that we see today, we see people getting in their own way. But Shaun is not one of those people. Shaun is trying to overcome his obstacles and overcome his challenges in a way that I could wholeheartedly root for.”