The Good Doctor on ABC emerged as one of the biggest freshman hits of the 2017-2018 TV season, and viewers tuned in en masse to see the struggles and successes of Dr. Shaun Murphy at St. Bonaventure Hospital. As a surgeon with autism, Shaun's unique methods of tackling cases helped and hindered him as he tried to find a place among the other doctors, and the first season ended with his future at St. Bonaventure in doubt after making a significant mistake. It was an eventful finale overall, and fans have been waiting for footage to reveal some of what's to come in Season 2. Fortunately, a full trailer has finally released that shows off a bold new character and some changes. Take a look!
Say hello to Lisa Edelstein as expert oncologist Dr. Blaize! The trailer doesn't show off too much of Dr. Glassman's oncologist, but it's already clear that she's willing to stand up against Glassman getting pushy with his treatment, as he apparently will. It also appears that she'll live up to her early character description that indicated she didn't just fit into the pack of docs at St. Bonaventure. When Edelstein was cast, Dr. Blaize was described as somebody who was suspended from her work and only brought back due to Glassman's request for her help treating his cancer.
Interestingly, the trailer also shows a character that viewers who have kept up with Good Doctor news over the summer may not have expected. Dr. Jared Kalu not only shows up in the footage; he has multiple lines. The surprise is due to the fact that Chuku Modu, who played Jared as a regular in the first season, was revealed to be departing the series for Season 2. It's now clear that Jared will appear for at least one episodes before (probably) heading off to Colorado to take the job he was offered in Season 1.
Unfortunately for fans of the romance between Shaun and Lea, the trailer didn't showcase a new status quo for their dynamic. The good news is that actress Paige Spara is on board The Good Doctor as a regular for Season 2, so there should be plenty of Shaun and Lea on the way. That said, we probably shouldn't expect the relationship with Lea to become the most important in Shaun's life. That will likely remain the relationship with Dr. Glassman. I'm not the only one who teared up when Shaun simply stated that Dr. Glassman would still be his friend even if he lost his work, right?
It looks like Shaun's difficulty with communication may become more of an issue for him in Season 2, especially since it seems the St. Bonaventure brass appears to be pushing for the hospital to gain an even higher profile. Will Shaun's mistake at the end of Season 1 continue to haunt him, or will he and the rest of the doctors be able to move on so that he can continue helping people?
You can find out when The Good Doctor returns to ABC with the Season 2 premiere on Monday, September 24 at 10 p.m. ET. For more of what you can watch in the not-too-distant future, check out our fall TV premiere schedule.