Earlier this year, ABC released an embedded pilot for a potential new series, “The Good Lawyer”, within the last season of “The Good Doctor” and saw Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) seeks legal representation to help him win a case and puts his faith in a promising, young lawyer who has obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The pilot saw Kennedy McMann (“Nancy Drew”) play the role of Jodi DeGroot, the brilliant, funny and self-aware lawyer who is relatively new to her prestigious law firm when she takes Shaun’s case. Also starring in the pilot was Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”) as Janet Stewart, a highly regarded attorney and partner at the law firm with a fierce intellect and dry wit; and Bethlehem Million as Abbie, Joni’s compassionate, practical, slightly older sister. A voice of reason, she is Joni’s biggest cheerleader, roommate and best friend.
However, due to the delays caused by the dual writer and actor strikes, ABC held off making a final decision on whether the show would go ahead, and unfortunately, ABC decided to pass on “The Good Lawyer” and didn’t give the project a full series order. The cast options on the pilot were up as of the middle of August, but were extended during the work stoppage, but with the initial plan to get the show filmed over the winter and launch in the coming spring, it wouldn’t have enough space to release all the returning scripted drama.
Earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke about how the company was looking to make some cost-saving measures and would be cutting back on how much general entertainment content it would be making. Instead focusing on creating a more curated lineup of programming and since this pilot, along with “The Good Doctor”, are actually made by Sony Television, this would drastically reduce how Disney could utilise this show globally.
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