Seven has acquired US medical drama The Good Doctor starring Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel).
Highmore stars as Shaun Murphy a gifted young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome.
Shaun relocates from a quiet country life when he is recruited to join the pediatric surgical unit at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun struggles as he deals with the traditional social interaction in the workplace, but is brilliantly intuitive when it comes to medical diagnosis and human physiology. He uses his extraordinary medical skills to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.
Filmed in Vancouver, Canada, the series is based on a 2013 South Korean of the same name. It also stars Richard Schiff (The West Wing) as Dr Aaron Glassman, Hill Harper (CSI: NY) as Dr Marcus Andrew and Beau Garrett (Entourage) as Jessica Preston.
It launched on September 25 to 11 million US viewers, rising to 19.2m in Live+7 day viewing.
Seven’s Director of Programming, Angus Ross, said: “The Good Doctor is deservedly the biggest drama of the new US season. It is a hopeful, feel good and triumphant medical drama that feels right in the sweet spot for Seven’s traditional drama audience.”
Seven will premiere it later this month.
Based on the 2013 Korean format of the same name David Shore (House) is the writer and executive producer of the series. Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O, Lost), David Kim and Sebastian Lee are also executive producers. Seth Gordon directed the pilot and is also an executive producer. The series is produced by Shore Z Productions and 3 AD in association with Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.