- The Good Doctor season 3 will premiere on September 23 at 10 p.m.
- ABC has already released the first teaser trailer for season 3.
- Fans of The Good Doctor can expect season 3, which is currently being filmed, to focus heavily on Dr. Shaun Murphy's budding love life.
It's official: ABC is bringing back its beloved medical drama The Good Doctor for a third season this fall, and after the show's drama-filled season 2 finale, fans are anxiously awaiting the return of Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) and the rest of the St. Bonaventure staff. Until then, here's everything we know about The Good Doctor season 3 so far.
When will The Good Doctor return for season 3?
ABC recently confirmed that The Good Doctor will officially return on Monday, September 23 at 10 p.m. as part of the network's fall TV lineup. We've already got our first teaser for the new season, too:
How can I watch The Good Doctor season 3?
You'll have a couple of different options when deciding how to watch The Good Doctor season 3. First, you'll be able to watch the show live on ABC when it returns to its regular 10 p.m. slot on Mondays. If you can't catch the new episodes as they air, however, they'll also be available for later viewing on the ABC website, in the ABC app, or on-demand. (PSA: If you have a Hulu subscription, you can also catch up on — or re-watch — all of the episodes in seasons 1 and 2 now.)
Will the cast be the same in season 3?
It seems safe to say that most of your favorite The Good Doctor cast members are returning for season 3 — especially since the show posted a photo featuring Paige Spara, Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Hill Harper, and Tamlyn Tomita at a season 3 table read. Nicholas Gonzalez and Christina Chang have been featured in other behind-the-scenes posts from the set of the show, confirming their returns, and we're willing to bet that Richard Schiff will be back, as well.
Jasika Nicole will also return for season 3, but this time, she'll be a regular character, TVLine reports. Considering season 2 ended with Shaun asking Jasika's character, Carly, out on a date, this change in her status makes sense. (It's worth noting that Tamlyn's role as Dr. Allegra Aoki has also shifted, changing from regular to recurring.)
Meanwhile, Dr. Jackson Han was removed from his position as chief of surgery at St. Bonaventure in the season 2 finale, and it seems unlikely that he'll remain a recurring character in season 3. In a March interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner David Shore hinted that, while he's largely done with Dr. Han's storyline, the door is still open for actor Daniel Dae Kim to make another appearance: "I liked the character and had fun with it ... The arc that we were dealing with is now complete, but that doesn't mean the character can't come back, and I very much would be open to that," he said.
Are there any season 3 spoilers yet?
Nope, no crazy The Good Doctor season 3 spoilers have leaked as of yet. But here's what we do know: Shaun will still face workplace struggles upon returning to his job at St. Bonaventure, but his love life will also play a much bigger role in the upcoming episodes. After Shaun got up the courage to ask out his former coworker Carly in the season 2 finale, Shore told EW that he sees this being a major storyline in season 3 — and the romance-focused teaser trailer seems to confirm that.
Meanwhile, Dr. Melendez and Dr. Lim will be dealing with some relationship drama of their own: In the season 2 finale, Dr. Lim was promoted to chief of surgery ... which makes her the boss of Dr. Melendez. Unsurprisingly, Shore says this will be a source of tension in season 3.
"As they say in that scene, either one of them resigns or they break up," he told EW. "Or, the third choice, which they don't mention in that scene, is that they go back to lying to everybody. Choices have to be made and certainly it's going to affect their relationship."
While plenty of drama is promised to go down on screen, the cast seems to be having a great time on set, where they've officially started filming The Good Doctor season 3. On June 19, the show posted a behind-the-scenes video of Freddie (featuring his real-life British accent!) to its Instagram page:
The following day, a video of actors Christina and Nicholas was posted to commemorate the second day of filming:
At this point, it seems safe to assume the actors have learned at least some of the season's juiciest spoilers — but only time will tell if they spill any of those secrets to the rest of us.
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