The Good Doctor: 10 Things To Know
8. The Minds Behind
One of the reasons ABC has a lot of faith in their new show is because of the amount of talent they have not only in front of the camera, but behind it. Creator David Shore started his career working in writing and producing on shows such as Family Law and NYPD Blue, but most notably he is the creator of the hit series House which had a very successful eight season run from 2004-2012. Meanwhile beloved former Hawaii Five-O actor Daniel Dae Kim is in the role of producer and was a key factor in bringing the South Korean series to America. “I loved the message of it, it was a very familiar genre to American audiences in that it’s a medical show. That was the impetus for me to try and bring it over,” Kim said of his involvement with the show. With David Shore and Daniel Dae Kim as the developers and executive producers, The Good Doctor also has producers Sebasatian Dong Hun Lee and David Kim on board.
7. Doing Their Research
The entertainment industry and Hollywood in particular has come under fire for not representing minorities and especially those with physical or mental differences or challenges, so the creators knew it was very important how they portrayed the character of Shaun Murphy. “We saw a lot of documentaries. We consulted with people. We have people on the spectrum who we’re working with,” he said of the team doing their research in order to represent a character with autism the right way especially as actor Freddie Highmore is not on the spectrum. Shore added it was also important not to stereotype as well. “Savant syndrome is rare, even within the community of people with autism. I think it’s a legitimate question, and we want to make sure that we don’t represent him as being representative in any way.” He also said of the character, “He is a very specific character. He’s not there to represent autism.”