Disney’s ABC is developing a new pilot of a spin-off of “The Good Doctor”, called “The Good Lawyer”, which is going to be embedded into the upcoming new season of “The Good Doctor”, which will air on ABC on March 6th 2023.
In the pilot episode, 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 episode is written by co-showrunners David Shore and Liz Friedman, and directed by Ruben Fleischer.
Kennedy McMann (“Nancy Drew”) is set to guest star as Joni DeGroot, the brilliant, funny and self-aware lawyer who is relatively new to her prestigious law firm when she takes Shaun’s case. Living with OCD, Joni has never wanted to be treated differently. While her symptoms take a toll on her personal and professional life, her attention to detail allows her to see cases through a different lens.
Emmy Award-winning Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”) is set to guest star as Janet Stewart, a highly regarded attorney and partner at the law firm with a fierce intellect and dry wit. A seasoned veteran, Janet has represented Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) in several legal matters over the years, so he turns to her to represent his beloved protégé. But when Shaun declares that he wants Joni to represent him, Janet is forced to let Joni take lead on the case.
Deadline is reporting that Bethlehem Million has been cast in the pilot, where she will portray Abbie. Compassionate, practical and a voice of reason, Abbie is Joni’s (McMann) slightly older sister, as well as her biggest cheerleader, roommate and best friend. These two share the bond of siblings who survived a less than ideal childhood together. Huffman plays Janet, a partner at the law firm where Joni works.
Bethlehem Million has previously starred in Miramax’s “Sick”, along with HBO Max’s “And Just Like That” and Showtime’s “Flatbush Misdemeanors”.
“The Good Lawyer” is being created by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Signatur Studios. With the involvement of Sony, it’s unclear, should this pilot be turned into a full series, if Disney will distribute it on Disney+ internationally.
Previous seasons of “The Good Doctor” are available to stream now on Hulu.