The Good Doctor Season 7 is not coming in 2023

The Good Doctor Season 7 is not coming in 2023
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When will the highly anticipated seventh season return? Continue reading to find out more about The Good Doctor Season 7.

Are you ready to delve deeper into the lives of Dr. Shaun Murphy and his dedicated team at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital? We can expect a rollercoaster of emotions that will leave us on the edge of our seats with anticipation for the seventh season’s official return on ABC. Then you have reached the right place to learn all about The Good Doctor Season 7, which has sparked some major speculation among viewers around the world. 

Over the weeks, we have observed that the fans of this popular series want to know how and when the new chapter will unfold, prompting questions such as “Will the fans be able to watch the new season in 2023 or not?” So, if you are wondering the same, then for your convenience, we’ve compiled a brief summary of everything you can anticipate about the upcoming season, which includes the potential release date, plotline, cast, and other details.

Continue reading to find out more about ABC’s The Good Doctor Season 7.

The Good Doctor Season 7 is not coming in 2023

The Good Doctor Season 7 Release Date: When will it premiere on ABC?

The seventh season was renewed earlier this year, which isn’t unexpected as it ranks as the #1 entertainment series. Since the renewal was confirmed, many eyebrows have been raised by fans who are curious to know about the future of the beloved show, as filming was initially expected to commence sometime around the summer season (late August). But after the sudden commencement of the 2023 WGA and the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strikes, it is highly doubtful whether the creators will be able to release the new season for the 2023–24 fall broadcasting season.

Recently it has been confirmed that ABC has decided to postpone the series’ release as the network has shifted the entirety of its 2023–24 fall schedule until next year, as the network won’t premiere any scripted shows and will include reruns of prior seasons along with all the other unscripted shows, to cover up the empty slot of the fall broadcast season due to the lack of active writers and actors participating in the ongoing dual strikes, as they have joined hands in protest together until an agreement regarding their fair compensation is made.

Until there is any more confirmation, we speculate that the season has been rescheduled with the premiere date set for early to mid-2024 every Monday at 10 p.m./9 c. on the ABC network, as many reports have also suggested that ABC has put a hold on major production until the strikes reach an agreement, which might take a while. Hence, the ideal release window might range in the first or second quarter of 2024, which starts in January and lasts up to June. Talking about the strikes, The Writers Guild and the AMPTP have a third meeting this week, hoping to reach an agreement! 

Sadly, it remains uncertain whether they’ll meet again Friday, but Deadline has confirmed that the studios’ CEOs are planning to meet Friday to discuss where things now stand. The WGA and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers restarted bargaining last Friday for the first time since the strike began May 2 and recessed until Tuesday after the companies made a counterproposal to the guild’s proposals. Tuesday’s meeting reportedly ended with “mixed results,” and since then, they’ve been going back and forth to see if they can come to a tentative agreement.

As the meetings are still being scheduled, we recommend readers follow social media handles to catch up with all the latest details whenever they are published in the near future. For the time being, we can assure the readers that the beloved medical drama series won’t be premiering in 2023! In the meantime, 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.” Take a look at the official renewal announcement post below: 

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

Not much has been revealed about The Good Doctor Season 7, 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 will surely remain unique in its storytelling and character arcs, which will continue in the upcoming season with Dr. Shaun Murphy, who is a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who 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 of the sixth season below:

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

The Good Doctor Season 7 Cast: Who will and will not 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, 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 in the new season. 

Many recurring cast members are also anticipated to join the principal cast in the new season, which will be disclosed later. On the other hand, there are some cast members who will depart from the show, as networks are considering major budget cuts as a direct result of the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes that will put the series on the air for another season but at the expense of a major cast shake-up. The names of the characters whose fate is uncertain are as follows:

The Good Doctor Season 7 is not coming in 2023

Brandon Larracuente as Dr. Daniel “Danny” Perez was written out of the show in the Season 6 finale after his character, Daniel Perez, was in a terrible car accident; Hill Harper, as Dr. Marcus Andrews, announced that he’s running for U.S. Senate in Michigan. 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. 

Others include Osvaldo Benavides as Dr. Mateo Rendón Osma quit the show because he had to travel to Guatemala immediately for a critical surgical assignment. Ever since then, the fans have speculated that the character might have gone for good, along with Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, whose arc might end soon as a scan of Glassman’s brain revealed a region that was thought to be irreversibly damaged brain tissue after a stroke. 

Lastly, “The Good Doctor,” which is based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name, 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 Episodes: How many will be there, and where to stream?

We can assure the readers that the official episode count of the new season hasn’t been revealed by the network. But if we follow the pattern, then the show is 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. This count can be changed in case the dual strikes aren’t resolved soon, which will eventually force the creators to shorten the season and release them earlier.

If it happens, details will be confirmed later! *Finger’s Crossed*

In the meantime, we recommend that the reader should check out all the prior 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 user’s preferences. The series is also available on ABC’s official website and app, 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. But, the seventh season is likely to make its official 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. 

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

Drum Rolls, please… It’s a big Yes! Over a year ago, 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. 

Even though this is great news, we have to inform you that the ongoing dual Hollywood strikes might have started to impact the future of The Good Lawyer! As Deadline, previously reported that ABC planned to launch The Good Lawyer in the spring of 2024, but the fate of the pilot is in limbo amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. We’ll have to wait for some time to get new updates.

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.