Why Freddie Highmore Initially Turned Down The Good Doctor, And What’s Ahead for Season 2

Plus, why the actor insisted on capping the season at 18 episodes

Freddie Highmore was offered The Good Doctor just days after finishing Bates Motel. Eike Schroter/ABC

There are many reasons that The Good Doctor became this year’s breakout freshman drama, as detailed in this week’s cover story. But showrunner and executive producer David Shore says the real secret of the ABC medical drama’s success is its star, Freddie Highmore, who plays autistic surgeon, Dr. Shaun Murphy.

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