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Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Why traditional TV is in trouble: The Top 9 network shows have a median age in the 50s
The median age of The Good Doctor and The Big Bang Theory viewers is in their late 50s, while Roseanne, This Is Us and Will & Grace have a median viewership in the early 50s. "The hottest shows on TV networks — which command the highest ad prices — are attracting older viewers, which is a challenge for brands that want to reach millennials and teens," says The New York Times. "For instance, this season’s top-rated show, the revival of Roseanne, has a median viewer age of 52.9 years. The network show with the lowest median age is Riverdale on the CW, at 37.2."
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Have we reached "Peak MD"? Broadcast TV could have as many as six medical dramas next season
NBC's Ryan Eggold-led drama New Amsterdam joins a crowded network medical drama field consisting of The Resident, Grey's Anatomy, The Good Doctor, Chicago Med and -- should it be renewed -- Code Black. "So why did the network feel the need to order up 10 cc’s of another medical drama STAT?" says Jennifer Maas of the New Amsterdam pickup. "Well, that’s a good question, as the Nielsen numbers for this genre are all over the place, meaning it could either become a hit, provide the network with steady mid-range ratings, or tread water each week."
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
The Good Doctor criticized for depicting autism as a disability "superpower"
Because Monday is World Autism Awareness Day, psychiatrists Christy Duan, Vasilis K. Pozios and Praveen R. Kambam explain in a Hollywood Reporter column whywhy hit ABC drama has proven to be "bad medicine" for autism and autism awareness. "So what’s wrong with Hollywood representing only one end of the autism spectrum?" they say. "Ignoring the modern psychiatric view of autism, film and TV repeatedly depict autism as a sort of disability 'superpower.' Such representations do a disservice to autistic people by creating the new myth of the 'model neurominority.'" They also criticize Hollywood for mostly depicting people with autism as white men. "The association of autism with white men could manifest as underdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis among women and people of color," they write.
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 2:09PM EDT
The Good Doctor boss discusses emotional season finale
Showrunner David Shore also discusses which characters will likely back in Season 2. ALSO: The Good Doctor finishes its first season as ABC's most-watched freshman drama in 13 years.
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 4:45PM EST
ABC renews The Good Doctor
The hit freshman medical drama starring Freddie Highmore has unsurprisingly been picked up for a second season. "This series has quickly joined the zeitgeist and broken records in the competitive television landscape," said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. "We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Shaun Murphy will be back for another season."
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
The Good Doctor casts a Major Crimes alum for its first season finale
Graham Patrick Martin, who played Rusty Beck on the TNT drama and who was also played the son of Courtney Thorne-Smith's character on Two and a Half Men, will guest as an intoxicated college student who is involved in a fraternity hazing.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
The Good Doctor vs. The Resident
Here’s a “tale of the tape” comparison of the rookie medical drama series.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 4:41PM EST
The Good Doctor recruits Will Yun Lee
Lee, who previously recurred on Hawaii Five-0, will reunite with Daniel Dae Kim, who produces the hit ABC drama. He’ll play a former cop who becomes a doctor.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Daniel Dae Kim is following up on his Good Doctor success with a Buddhist detective show
After successfully adapting The Good Doctor for ABC, Kim will next tackle First Rule of Ten, based on the mystery novel series by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay, about a "a monk who, after struggling with the teachings of his Tibetan monastery, leaves to figure out who he really is.”
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
The Good Doctor adds a rival for Freddie Highmore’s Shaun
Fiona Gubelmann will guest on five episodes of the ABC drama as a new resident who is “quite cutthroat.”
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 4:07PM EST
Will Big Little Lies’ Season 2 renewal affect how many Golden Globes it wins as a limited series?
The HBO series was No. 1 among TV shows with six Golden Globe nominations this morning. But, as Daniel Fienberg notes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association “had no way of knowing that HBO would order a second season of Big Little Lies last week after nomination ballots were in, rendering it a completely fraudulent participant in the various TV movies/limited categories. It's tempting to wonder if both Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman would have made the lead actress in a drama field and to assume that their places in the movie/limited actress category might have been filled by somebody like Sarah Gadon for Alias Grace or Carrie Coon for Fargo (or more likely Elisabeth Moss for the second season of Top of the Lake). It's also tempting to wonder if HFPA voters will now lean toward a Jessica Lange from Feud, rather than just rubber-stamping Kidman in a category they now know she doesn't belong in.”
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- The Good Doctor finally brought recognition to “under-recognized” Freddie Highmore
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 1:56PM EST
Daniel Dae Kim: CBS twice rejected The Good Doctor
The former Lost and Hawaii Five-0 star started developing an American adaptation of the Korean version of The Good Doctor in 2013, but CBS opted not to make a pilot after seeing the first script. Kim felt so strongly about the project he bought back the rights from CBS. Even when he was paired with House creator David Shore, who pitched a new script, CBS still wasn’t interested. “CBS actually passed on it twice,” Mr. Kim said. “That was really unfortunate to me, because they were my home studio. I really wanted to bring something home to them.” Now, as The New York Times points out, “In the end, CBS lost a prime time actor and ABC gained an executive producer who brought it an unexpected hit.”
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 10:11PM EST
The Good Doctor is a hit because it found a new way to create an emotional connection between a show and its viewers
The ABC medical drama, says James Poniewozik, “has hardly reinvented the syrupy, tear-jerking medical drama. But it has found a new way to complicate that genre’s oldest idea: that human connection is the best medicine.”
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 10:48PM EST
The Good Doctor’s big ratings attributed to its “unabashed yet never maudlin sentimentality”
"What I love about this show is that it is unapologetically from the heart,” says executive producer Daniel Dae Kim, the former Lost and Hawaii Five-0 star, who has been trying to adapt the South Korean version of The Good Doctor since 2013. “There’s no cynicism in this character. So many leads on television we see these days are antiheroes, (but) Shaun is the anti-antihero.” The show has also received high praise for its “nuanced handling” of autism, which is the result of many hours of research and the hiring of a consultant who is involved in every stage of the writing process. ALSO: ABC entertainment president had vowed to stop chasing cable-like fare, opting instead for programming “that has hope and optimism and positivity at its core.”
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 4:16PM EDT
The Good Doctor emerging as TV’s No. 1 drama is even more remarkable because of its 10 p.m. timeslot
Most hit network dramas usually air in the 9 p.m. hour because many viewers use the 10 p.m. hour to catch up on old shows. As Josef Adalian notes, “That The Good Doctor has been able to reach such a broad audience in the 10 p.m. hour suggests the time slot isn’t quite as deadly as networks thought; they just need to find the right program.”