The Good Doctor: A Bittersweet Ending
Last year, The Good Doctor was thriving, with plans for a spinoff. But in 2023, ABC decided to end the show after seven seasons, leaving fans disappointed. To make matters worse, the final season will only have 10 episodes instead of the planned 13.
David Shore Reflects on the Decision
Executive Producer David Shore shared his thoughts on the decision to end the series during a recent press tour. While some believe the cancellation came too late for a proper conclusion, Shore expressed gratitude for the opportunity to plan a satisfying ending.
Challenges and Blessings
Shore’s only regret is that the final season will have fewer episodes than initially intended. This is due to industry strikes that have affected many shows’ production schedules. Despite this setback, Shore sees it as a blessing, allowing the show to end on its own terms.
A Satisfying Conclusion
Shore and fellow EP Liz Friedman reassured fans that they are committed to delivering a great finale that will leave them satisfied. They teased that the series finale will be memorable and filled with moments that fans will love.
Shaun and Lea’s New Chapter
The final season will focus on Shaun and Lea’s journey as new parents, exploring the dynamics of their relationship and family life.
The final season will feature the return of several beloved characters, including Chuku Modu, Fiona Gubelmann, Will Yun Lee, Christina Chang, Bria Samone Henderson, Noah Galvin, and Richard Schiff. However, Brandon Larracuente and Hill Harper will not be returning as series regulars.
The End of an Era
The Good Doctor is not the only long-running ABC show ending this season. Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19 will also conclude with its seventh season. This is likely due to declining live ratings, which have made the TV ad market more challenging.
The Good Doctor’s Legacy
Despite its cancellation, The Good Doctor has left a lasting impact on television. The show has been praised for its heartwarming stories, compelling characters, and its portrayal of autism. It has also been a commercial success, consistently ranking among ABC’s top-rated shows.
The Final Season Premiere
The Good Doctor Season 7 is set to premiere on Tuesday, February 20, at 10/9c on ABC. Fans can look forward to a bittersweet farewell to a show that has touched the hearts of millions.