‘The Good Lawyer’: Kennedy McMann & Felicity Huffman in spin-off of ‘The Good Doctor’; Airdate for Backdoor Pilot Set

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Nancy drew star Kennedy McMann plays the lead role and wins an Emmy Desperate housewives alumna Felicity Huffman as co-lead The good lawyerthe proposed legal spin-off of TBEN’s hit medical drama The good doctorfrom Sony Pictures Television and TBEN Signature.

TBEN has formally commissioned an embedded pilot episode of The good doctor titled The good lawyer, in which McMann and Huffman will guest star and introduce their characters. Aired March 6, the episode, written by The good doctor co-showrunners David Shore and Liz Friedman and directed by Ruben Fleischer, marks the first acting gig for Huffman since serving a short prison sentence for her role in the nearly three-year admissions scandal.

In the episode “The Good Lawyer”, Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) seeks legal counsel to help him win a case and puts his trust in a promising young lawyer, Joni DeGroot (McMann), who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Brilliant, funny and confident Joni is relatively new to her prestigious law firm when she takes on Shaun’s case. Joni lives with OCD and has never wanted to be treated differently. While her symptoms take a toll on her personal and professional life, her attention to detail allows her to see things through a different lens.

McMann, who has been open about her lifelong battle with OCD, emerged as the best choice for the role in early September.

Huffman will guest star as Janet Stewart, a highly regarded attorney and partner at the law firm with a fierce intellect and wry wit. Janet, a seasoned veteran, has Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) has been represented in various legal cases over the years, so he turns to her to represent his beloved protege. But when Shaun declares that he wants Joni to represent him, Janet is forced to let Joni take the lead on the case.

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The relationship between Joni and Stewart is somewhat similar to that between Sean and Glassman The good doctor.

Developed by Shore based on the Korean series, The good doctor ranked as TBEN’s #1 entertainment series this season in total viewers, ties The rookie. After 35 days of viewing on linear and digital platforms, the series has attracted a total of nearly 9.4 million viewers this season. The good doctor jumps more than six times the initial Live + Same Day score among adults aged 18-49, rising +509% after 35 days of cross-platform viewing.

The good doctor stars Highmore as Shaun, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Schiff as Glassman, Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park, Christina Chang as Dr. Audrey Lim, Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo, Bria Samoné Henderson as Dr. Jordan Allen and Noah Galvin as Dr. Asher Wolke.

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Shore and Friedman co-produce with 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 is from Sony Pictures Television and TBEN Signature.

McMann plays the title role in the CW series Nancy drew of which the forthcoming fourth season will be the last.

Huffman has a long history at TBEN. All three TV series she has starred in have been on TBEN and all have received critical acclaim: comedy Sports nightdrama Desperate housewives and drama anthology American crime. The roles earned Huffman major nominations; she won an Emmy for it Desperate housewives. Last season, Huffman was attached to star in a Sacramento River Cats comedy, which had a pilot production commitment with the network.