The Good Doctor Season 7 is not coming to ABC in September 2023

The Good Doctor Season 7 is not coming to ABC in September 2023
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Will Dr. Shaun Murphy and his crew return this month? Here is everything we know about The Good Doctor Season 7.

The last time the viewers got to see the show, we witnessed a nail-biting cliffhanger that stirred things up at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Since then, the interest among die-hard fans has been piqued to new heights as they have religiously tuned into catching up on previous seasons and learning what will happen to these cherished characters, who are based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Hence, we understand your curiosity, and in order to help you get ready for the upcoming chapter of this beloved medical drama series, we have listed down some of the most recent updates that have been made available to the general public. 

Here is everything we currently know about recent updates to ABC’s The Good Doctor Season 7.

The Good Doctor Season 7 is not coming to ABC in September 2023

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

To the delight of viewers, the seventh season was ordered earlier this year, on April 19, 2023, by ABC, which isn’t unexpected as it ranks as one of the number one entertainment series on the network and truly deserves another season with its gripping storylines, talented cast, and loyal fanbase. It comes as no surprise that ABC took more time to revise its renewal decision, which is a testament to the immense success and popularity that the show has achieved over the course of six years!

Talking about the potential release date of the highly anticipated seventh season, let’s begin from the start. As we know, it’s been months since the renewal was confirmed, which has raised many eyebrows by die-hard 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 2023). But after the commencement of the 2023 WGA and 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. 

The Good Doctor Season 7 is not coming to ABC in September 2023

Right now, it seems ABC has postponed the series’ release as many new reports confirm that the network has shifted the entirety of its 2023–24 fall schedule until next year, as the network won’t be able to premiere any scripted shows and will include reruns of prior seasons along with all the other unscripted shows, which includes shows like reality dating series, etc., to cover up the empty slot of the fall broadcast season due to the lack of active writers and actors participating in the strike, 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 network, as many reports have also suggested that ABC has put a hold on major production until the strikes reached an agreement, which might take a while. Hence, the ideal release window might range in the first quarter of 2024, which starts in January and lasts up to March. So, we recommend readers follow social media handles to catch up with all the latest details whenever they are published in the near future.

As a result, we can assure the readers that the beloved medical drama series based on the 2013 South Korean series won’t be premiering in September 2023! It’s only a matter of time before the modified broadcasting schedule becomes known to the viewers in order to avoid any further disruption caused by these two strikes. 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.” 

In the meantime, take a look at the official renewal announcement post below: 

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

Even though not much has been revealed about The Good Doctor Season 7, we are certain that the theme will remain consistent in order to convey the story, as the personal and professional lives of our beloved characters are about to enter a new chapter in which we will find Dr. Shaun Murphy is facing a myriad of challenges both in and out of the operating room! To add more confirmation to the plotlines, 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 has made substantial storyline diversions from the original 2013 K-drama Good Doctor since the first season. The series has endeavored to 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 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 showcased while transporting a patient to the hospital, Danny, Jared, and Jerome are involved in a multi-vehicle crash that leaves Danny seriously injured. As the episode progresses, we get to see many things unfold, as due to his addiction, Danny refuses pain medication, but Jordan is forced to give it to him when Danny’s pain threatens his life. 

Although Danny ultimately forgives Jordan, he decides to move back to Texas to recover with his family’s help and support to avoid relapsing, but he first goes on a makeshift date with Jordan. Asher pulls Shaun in to help with a family and is devastated when the father suddenly dies of an aortic dissection despite Asher and Shaun’s best efforts. Lim enlists Glassman’s help with treating an internal decapitation patient, and she urges him to reconcile with Shaun. Struggling to balance being a mother and work, Morgan decides to resign. 

However, after being reminded by his patient what matters most, Park reunites with Morgan to raise Eden as a family. After being pressured by the board to choose between his job and his relationship with Villanueva, Andrews decides to resign. Lea gives birth to baby Steven Aaron Murphy and, although Glassman doesn’t attend, he sends Shaun the gift of an embroidered blanket for the baby. While you wait for the next chapter, take a look at the official sixth-season finale promo 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 the sixth season, 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 to ABC in September 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,” 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 Official Episode Count: 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 two 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.

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 preferences of the users. The series is also available on ABC’s official website and app, where the episodes are published after they air on the receptive broadcast channels.

The Good Doctor Season 7 Frequently Asked Questions

Will the seventh season be the last one?

No updates regarding the seventh season being the last one have been confirmed by the network or acknowledged by the cast or any crew members. So, there is a chance that the show might be renewed for more seasons! As it remains one of the most-watched series with such an amazing overall rating from critics and fans around the world, the network might opt to renew the show for more seasons. 

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

Cheer up, fans. It’s a big 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 yet, 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.