The Good Doctor season 1 filming complete; the wait continues

Good Doctor episode 1 filmingWhile there may not be a new episode tonight, you should know this: The Good Doctor season 1 filming is officially over at ABC.

In a post on Twitter, the show’s writers officially confirmed that production is complete on the first eighteen episodes of the series … which means in turn that everyone can have a little bit of a break until season 2 starts back up. (Technically there is no season 2 officially at the moment, but it is considered a lock to return with all-new episodes.) Filming will likely pick back up again in the summer. Whether or not the second season would go up to 22 episodes or stick with 18 remains to be seen. The 18-episode order is one of the reasons why The Good Doctor was able to get Freddie Highmore on board; that gives him a little bit more of a break this year after doing both this series and Bates Motel one right after the other.

The Good Doctor still has a few more episodes to go this season before wrapping, but it is off the air on Monday night in order to accommodate the first three hours(!) of the five-hour finale for The Bachelor. It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to watch that many hours of any one thing but somehow, ABC continues to milk that franchise down to the last drop. The craziest thing is that when you think about, this week’s Bachelor programming basically equates to almost a third of a season of The Good Doctor. That’s another sign of the big difference between scripted and unscripted programming.

There are no official details out there at present about the upcoming The Good Doctor finale (head over here to read more about the next new episode), but we do anticipate that the writers will find a way to mold together some deeply personal stories alongside some medical miracles performed by Dr. Shaun Murphy and the remainder of the hospital staff … or at least we hope.

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