The Good Doctor Season 7: Is it affected by the latest strike?

The Good Doctor Season 7: Is it affected by the latest strike?
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Is the medical drama being delayed further? Here is everything we know so far about the potential release date for
The Good Doctor Season 7.

As fans eagerly anticipate the return of The Good Doctor for its highly anticipated seventh season, many have been left wondering if the show will be affected by the latest strike in the entertainment industry. There is no doubt that the production schedules have been disrupted by labor disputes, leaving fans wondering whether their favorite medical drama will be compromised or not.

Hence, if you are wondering the same and want to know everything, then we can assure you that you have reached the right place to know all your answers about the much-anticipated The Good Doctor Season 7, which we definitely think is going to captivate the audience once again! So it’s time to buckle up and get ready to know all about the potential release date on the ABC network.

The Good Doctor Season 7: Is it affected by the latest strike?

The Good Doctor Season 7 Release Date: Has it been changed?

This is an unfortunate update to report, but it’s pretty crucial to inform our readers that the much-awaited seventh season of The Good Doctor will no longer be a part of the 2023–24 fall broadcasting season, and right now, it seems ABC has decided to postpone the majority of their series’ release for this year!

This report has been confirmed by ABC, as the network has officially shifted the entirety of the fall schedule until next year as the network won’t premiere any scripted shows and will now include all the unscripted shows for the remaining months, which include game shows, reality dating shows, etc., to cover up the fall broadcast season due to the lack of active writers and actors due to the ongoing strikes: #SAGAFTRAstrike and #WGA, which doesn’t seem to reach an agreement anytime soon, hence causing a revised schedule, which will be ideal for an early to mid-2024 release.

Until there is any more confirmation, we speculate that the season will premiere new episodes every Monday at 10 pm/9 c. on a weekly basis without causing any changes in its precious set time slots. In conclusion, any updates relating to this subject are still pure conjecture, as no comment about it has been made by the verified source. So, we recommend readers follow social media handles to catch up with all the details whenever they are published and follow the announcements made by official sources in order to be up-to-date with the status of the strikes.

Also, check out the official renewal announcement as shared on The Good Doctor’s Twitter handle, quoting, “Get your scrubs ready, as #TheGoodDoctor is coming back for a new season.” 

The Good Doctor Season 7 Plot: What to expect in the new season?

Not much has been revealed, but we are certain that the theme will remain consistent in order to convey the story, as Liz Friedman assured the readers that they can expect some new blood in Season 7 by stating, “Yes, I think so. We’re going to have a little bit of a new, interesting sort of presentation for that new blood this time around.” After all, The Good Doctor is based on the 2013 K-drama Good Doctor but has made substantial storyline diversions from the original series since the first season. 

The series has endeavored to remain unique in its storytelling and character arcs, which will continue in the upcoming season. Dr. Shaun Murphy, a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit and challenges the skepticism of his colleagues. 

Following their long-awaited wedding festivities and his promotion to surgical attending, Shaun and Lea’s relationship is immediately put to the test, and they must learn to navigate life together as a married couple. Meanwhile, the team is dealing with changes at the hospital and in their personal lives that will present new emotional and interpersonal challenges for them. As of writing this, we can assure readers that the specifics of the seventh season have been kept under wraps. 

But it is without a doubt clear that the plot of the next season is expected to continue from the sixth season’s finale, “Love’s Labor,” which will follow Shaun and Lea as they head to the delivery room and everyone from the hospital is there, except for one very important person. Meanwhile, a tragic accident involving Drs. Perez and Kalu pull everyone away, including Dr. Murphy. While you wait for the next chapter, take a look at the official finale episode promo below:

The Good Doctor 6x22 Promo "Love's Labor" (HD) Season Finale

The Good Doctor Season 7 Cast: Who will return in the new season?

The main cast who are expected to return are as follows: Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, Fiona Gubelmann as Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Alex Park, Christina Chang as Audrey Lim, Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo, Bria Samoné Henderson as Jordan Allen, Noah Galvin as Asher Wolke, Richard Schiff as Aaron Glassman, and Hill Harper as Marcus Andrews. Savannah Welch, who plays Dr. Danica “Danni” Powell as one of the new residents in season 6, is also expected to return. 

Ahead of the sixth season finale, it was confirmed that Brandon Larracuente would not return for the seventh season. Brandon Larracuente was written out of the show in the Season 6 finale after his character, Daniel Perez, was in a terrible car accident. Perez survived the accident but had to be put on painkillers to make it through his treatment. He made the decision to check himself into rehab and move back home after being given the drugs. However, he would be open to reprising the role in a guest capacity which is a good sign for any future comebacks. 

The Good Doctor Season 7: Is it affected by the latest strike?

Recently, Hill Harper also announced that he’s running for U.S. Senate in Michigan on his official Instagram handle. The official statement from Hill Harper reads: “We can all feel it. D.C. just isn’t getting things done for people – because special interests always come first. As a union organizer, single dad, and business owner, I understand the challenges Michiganders are facing right now. They demand a Senator who’ll do what’s right for ALL of us – not just lobbyists. That’s why today, I’m announcing my campaign for the U.S. Senate!”

Due to this, many fans have speculated that his campaign will presumably interfere with his role on the show, and it is one of the prominent reasons why he won’t return in the new season. We don’t know what will happen to his character in the upcoming season as nothing has officially been confirmed by the network, for which we’ll have to wait some time!

Many recurring cast members are also anticipated to join the principal cast in the new season. “The Good Doctor,” is executive produced and co-show run by David Shore and Liz Friedman. Additional executive producers include Daniel Dae Kim, Erin Gunn, Thomas L. Moran, David Hoselton, Peter Blake, Jessica Grasl, Garrett Lerner, Mike Listo, Highmore, Shawn Williamson, David Kim, and Sebastian Lee. The series hails from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Signature. 

The Good Doctor Season 7: Is it affected by the latest strike?

The Good Doctor Season 7 Episodes: Where to stream?

We can assure the readers that the official episode count of the new season hasn’t been revealed by the network. 

If we consider the previous pattern followed by the last few seasons, then the show is very likely to consist of at least 18 to 22 episodes with an average runtime of 41 to 44 minutes, which are expected to drop on a weekly basis. But this count can be changed as the ongoing strike doesn’t seem to be resolved anytime soon, which will eventually force the creators to shorten the season to 15 to 18 episodes. If it happens, details will be confirmed later. Until then, this is just pure conjecture.  

In the meantime, we recommend the reader check out all the seasons of The Good Doctor, which are currently on FuboTV and Hulu Plus, among other digital streaming services. The series is also available to rent or buy on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preferences of the users. The series is also available on ABC’s official website, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel.

The Good Doctor Season 7 Frequently Asked Questions

 When was The Good Doctor renewed for Season 7?

The seventh season of The Good Doctor was ordered on April 19, 2023, by ABC as a part of the 2023-24 fall broadcast season. 

What is the new release window for The Good Doctor Season 7?

The seventh season is likely to make its comeback in 2024 due to delays in production caused by the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike. 

What is WGA?

The Writers Guild of America (WGA)—representing 11,500 screenwriters—went on strike over an ongoing labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The strike is the largest interruption to American television and film production since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, as well as the largest labor stoppage the WGA has performed since the last strike in 2007–08.  It has coincided with a SAG-AFTRA strike as part of a broader Hollywood labor dispute.

What is SAG-AFTRA?

On July 14, 2023, the American actors’ union SAG–AFTRA went on strike over an ongoing labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. It has coincided with a Writers Guild of America strike as part of broader Hollywood labor disputes. The strike marks the first time that actors have initiated a labor dispute in the U.S. since the 1980 actors strike and the first time that actors and writers have walked out simultaneously since 1960.

Will there be a spin-off series of The Good Doctor?

Yes! In August 2022, it was reported that a planned spin-off titled The Good Lawyer was in development at ABC. It was introduced in a backdoor pilot during the sixth season. In January 2023, it was announced that ABC had received a backdoor pilot order for the spin-off with Kennedy McMann, Felicity Huffman, and Bethlehem Million set to star.

Is there any official teaser or trailer for The Good Doctor Season 7?

Unfortunately, the network hasn’t released any new teaser trailers for the new season, as filming hasn’t even commenced, which makes it impossible for the network to create and promote a teaser with new clips from the upcoming season to reveal some plotlines. Hence, we urge the readers to wait and be patient for some time! 

In the meantime, check out this newly released official trailer for The Good Doctor Season 6, which showcases the season also exploring Shaun becoming a surgical resident at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. He faces more responsibility and pressure. He must deal with an attack on the hospital, new residents, and Lea’s high-risk pregnancy while navigating relationships to become a good leader and dad so that he can maintain his now stable life.

The Good Doctor Season 6 Promo (HD)

While you wait for more updates on The Good Doctor Season 7, catch up with the previous seasons, which are now available to stream
on ABC.