Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore signs up for new ABC pilot


It could happen -

Though Bates Motel may be ending this spring on A&E, there’s at least a chance that this won’t be your last chance to see one of its stars. There is a potential new Freddie Highmore series on the way!

Sources confirm that the actor will star in the ABC pilot The Good Doctor, which is coming from a man who knows complicated doctors in House alum David Shore. Freddie would play the character of Dr. Shaun Murphy, a brilliant and talented young doctor who is a bit of a prodigy. Unfortunately at the same time this comes at the expense of his social ability. He reportedly has autism, and this impedes much of his social interaction and bedside manner. Luckily, he could have a capable mentor in the character of Dr. Ira Glassman.

It’s obviously still early, and hard to determine if this show will land and become a hit. As a matter of fact, it’s still a little too early to tell who is even playing the Glassman character. What we know is that Freddie has a potential new series, and this is no surprise. He is an immensely talented actor, and it makes sense logically that there would be a flock of people interested in bringing him on board another show the moment he was done playing Norman Bates.

The next big order of business here for ABC is going to be getting a pilot made, and then beyond that, maybe we’ll start to get a further chance to see what they want to do at that point. Remember here that they have until May in order to make all of their decisions, and at that point, the opportunity will be present to start to look a little bit further into the future in terms of what the schedule could hold.

This is the second big news related to the actor we’ve shared over the past few weeks; recently, we also reported that Freddie was developing a project with Bates Motel executive producer Kerry Ehrin for A&E.

Is there anything that you specifically want from a new Freddie Highmore series, and does this have the potential to be it in your mind? Share in the comments!


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